Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Description of Program

The chemistry major provides a solid foundation of scientific knowledge and experimental skills in a setting that emphasizes current developments in chemistry and experience with modern instruments and laboratory techniques.

The Chemistry Department believes that undergraduate research plays a major role in developing critical thinking, practical expertise and independence and helps create a sense of community among faculty and students. Participation in a research project is a requirement for a chemistry degree. The chemistry faculty has research expertise in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Students preparing for graduate study or a professional career in chemistry should pursue the ACS-approved Bachelor of Science program. The Bachelor of Arts program is designed for students who need undergraduate training in chemistry in preparation for professional careers other than chemistry. The Bachelor of Science program is also open to those students.

Requirements for Major, BS

The required program for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry:

  • CHEM 001 and 003, 002 and 004 (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 061 (Inorganic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 081 (Quantitative Chemical Analysis)
  • CHEM 097 and 098, 108 and 110 (Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 130 and 131 (Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 148 (Research in Chemistry) - 3 credit hours
  • CHEM165 (Physical Chemistry)
  • CHEM 195, 196 (Junior Seminar I and II)
  • CHEM 197, 198 (Senior Seminar I and II)
  • Chemistry electives — at least 12 credit hours from the following
  • CHEM 132 and 133 (Advanced Biochemistry and Lab)
  • CHEM 155 (Advanced Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 166 (Intermediate Physical Chemistry)
  • CHEM 180 (Advanced Inorganic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 182 (Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 190 (Integrated Chemistry Topics)
  • Molecular Class

Supplementary Courses: BS chemistry majors must take Calculus, MATH 050 and 070; and one year of physics. MATH 100 is recommended for students taking CHEM 166.

Requirements for Major, BA

The required program for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in chemistry:.

  • CHEM 001 and 003, 002 and 004 (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 081 (Quantitative Chemical Analysis)
  • CHEM 097 and 098, 108 and 110 (Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 197 and 198 (Senior Seminar I and II)

Requirements I

  • CHEM 165 (Physical Chemistry), CHEM 182 (Advanced Analytical Chemistry), or
  • CHEM 161 (Biophysical Chemistry)

Requirements II — (Note: If you are double majoring in chemistry and another discipline, the advanced class must be selected from outside your second major's requirements. For example, if you double major in physics and chemistry, your advanced class should not be a physics major requirement, though it can be a physics major elective.) Choose 4 credit hours selected from:

  • CHEM 130 and 131 (Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 155 (Advanced Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 161 (Biophysical Chemistry)
  • CHEM 165 (Physical Chemistry)
  • CHEM 180 (Advanced Inorganic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 182 (Advanced Analytical Chemistry)
  • CHEM 190 (Integrated Chemistry Topics)
  • Other advanced courses with a strong chemical component as approved by the chemistry department.

Supplementary Courses: BA chemistry majors must take one semester of physics and MATH 050 (Calculus) (unless you choose CHEM 166, for which Calculus up to and including MATH 100 is recommended.)

Requirements for Chemistry Minor

A minor in chemistry may be earned by completing 24 credit hours in the following sequence of chemistry courses:

  • CHEM 001, 002, 003, 004 (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 081 (Quantitative Chemical Analysis)
  • CHEM 097, 098, 108, 110 (Organic Chemistry)
  • One course chosen from CHEM 130 (Biochemistry) and CHEM 131 or
  • CHEM 155 (Advanced Organic Chemistry), or
  • CHEM 165 (Physical Chemistry)
  • CHEM 161 (Biophysical Chemistry)

Supplementary courses: Students who wish to minor in chemistry must take one semester of physics and MATH 50 (Calculus).

A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved, and credit/no credit courses may not be used.

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