B.S. in Chemistry

This program is usually chosen by students who want to enter the chemical industry or graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, or related areas. Students interested in completing a degree certified by the American Chemical Society must ensure that they meet the additional requirements below.

Program Requirements (46-47 credit hours)

Highly recommended for first year students:

  • CHM 147 Introductory Seminar (1)

All of these:

  • CHM 141, 141H or CHM 141R (3)
  • CHM 142, 142M or 142H College Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 144M or 144H (or with approval CHM 144 College Chemistry Lab) (2)
  • CHM 145M or 145H (or with approval CHM 145 College Chemistry Laboratory) (2)
  • CHM 251, 252 Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors (3, 3)
  • CHM 254, 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemistry Majors (2, 2)
  • CHM 375 Quantitative Analysis (3)
  • CHM 451 or 471 AND CHM 452 or 472 Physical Chemistry/Biophysical Chemistry I II (3, 3)
  • CHM 491 Chemistry in Societal Issues or CHM 492 Independent Research Capstone in Chemistry (3)

An additional fourteen (14) advanced credit hours (200 level or above) in chemistry are required, of which at least two (2) credit hours are from an advanced lab course chosen from:

  • CHM 419 Advanced Synthesis Laboratory (2) OR
  • CHM 456 Chemical Measurements (2) (CHM 452 or 472 is a pre-req for this course) OR
  • CHM 438 Biochemistry Lab (2) (CHM 432 is a pre-req for this course) OR
  • Graded research in CHM 377 or CHM 477 Independent Study (2) or CHM 480 Departmental Honors (2) or CHM 490 undergraduate research

Additional hours can be chosen from the following

  • CHM 411 Learning Theories in Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 415 Misconceptions in Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 417 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)
  • CHM 454 Instrumental Analysis (3)
  • CHM 426 Spectroscopic Identification of Structure (2)
  • CHM 429 Polymer Chemistry (2)
  • CHM 430 Topics in Biochemistry (2-3)
  • CHM 450 Topics in Organic Chemistry (2-3)
  • CHM 460 Topics in Physical Chemistry (2-3)

Related Hours (22-23 required)

All of these:

  • MTH 151, 251 Calculus I, II (5, 4) or equivalents
  • PHY 191 General Physics I with lab (5)
  • PHY 192 General Physics II with lab (5)

Choose ONE of the following:

  • MTH 222 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
  • MTH 231 Elements of Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MTH 245 Differential Equations for Engineers (3)
  • MTH 252 Calculus III (4)
  • MTH 347 Differential Equations (3)
  • STA 301 Applied Statistics (3) /or STA 333/ or STA 363

ACS Certified Degree Plan of Study

Students who fulfill all of the requirements below will have a B.S. Chemistry degree that is ACS Certified.

Course Requirements (>39 credit hours)

All of these:

  • Foundation courses: (16 semester hours) - required
    • CHM 251
    • CHM 417
    • CHM 432
    • CHM 451 or CHM 471
    • CHM 454
  • In depth courses (choose 12 credit hours)
    • CHM 252
    • CHM 452 or CHM 472
    • CHM 426
    • CHM 430
    • CHM 450
    • CHM 460
    • CHM 436

Lab Courses (400 in-lab hours required)

Four out of five:

  • CHM 375 (60 lab hours)
  • CHM 254 (90 lab hours)
  • CHM 456 (75 lab hours)
  • CHM 419 (60 lab hours)
  • CHM 438 (75 lab hours)

The remaining lab hours can be fulfilled with:

  • CHM 255 (90 lab hours)
  • CHM 375 (60 lab hours)
  • CHM 254 (90 lab hours)
  • CHM 456 (75 lab hours)
  • CHM 419 (60 lab hours)
  • CHM 438 (75 lab hours)
  • Undergraduate research (up to 180 lab hours)