BS in Chemistry - Chemistry Option

The curriculum for the BS in chemistry (either the chemistry or biochemistry option) is approved by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists. It is strongly recommended that students interested in advanced study in chemistry or biochemistry should pursue this degree. Students completing the program receive certification from the American Chemical Society.

In agreement with the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, the chemistry department strongly encourages students studying for the BS degree to select courses in computer science, economics, marketing and business, and to use every opportunity to develop competence in technical writing and oral communication.

Required Courses

Course Title Hours
CHEM 211
CHEM 212
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
CHEM 514Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 523
CHEM 524
Analytical Chemistry
and Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
CHEM 531
CHEM 532
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 547Physical Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 615Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 616Inorganic Chemistry Lab2
Select one of the following: 13, 6
Principles of Biochemistry
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry II
CHEM 690Independent Study and Research2
BIOL 210General Biology I4
PHYS 313Physics for Scientists I4
PHYS 314Physics for Scientists II4
PHYS 315University Physics Lab I1
PHYS 316University Physics Lab II1
MATH 112Precalculus Mathematics5
MATH 242Calculus I5
MATH 243Calculus II5
MATH 344Calculus III3
Professional electives as approved below 11, 4
CHEM 600–799 (excluding CHEM 700 and CHEM 701)
BIOL 419, BIOL 420 or BIOL 590 with their necessary prerequisites
Mathematics courses with MATH 344 prerequisite, or MATH 555
Physics courses with PHYS 314 prerequisite
One academic year of German or French
Other courses as approved by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee
Total Credit Hours82-88

Representative Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credit Hours
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I 5
MATH 112 Precalculus Mathematics 1 5
ENGL 101 College English I 3
COMM 111 Public Speaking 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester 2
CHEM 212 General Chemistry II 5
MATH 242 Calculus I 5
ENGL 102 College English II 3
HIST 131
History of the United States: Colonial to 1865
or History of the United States Since 1865
 Credit Hours16
Semester 1
CHEM 531 Organic Chemistry I 2 5
MATH 243 Calculus II 5
PHYS 313 Physics for Scientists I 4
PHYS 315 University Physics Lab I 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester 2
CHEM 532 Organic Chemistry II 5
PHYS 314 Physics for Scientists II 4
PHYS 316 University Physics Lab II 1
MATH 344 Calculus III 3
A general education introductory course in social sciences 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester 1
CHEM 523 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 545 Physical Chemistry I 3
BIOL 210 General Biology I 4
ENGL 230
Exploring Literature 3
or Themes in American Literature
A general education introductory course in fine arts 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester 2
CHEM 524 Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis 4
CHEM 546 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 661 Principles of Biochemistry 3
A general education introductory course in a second social sciences 3
A general education advanced further study or advanced I&P course in history, English or fine arts 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester 1
CHEM 514 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 547 Physical Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 690 Independent Study and Research 2-3
Professional electives 3-4
A general education advanced further study or advanced I&P course in social sciences 3
 Credit Hours13-15
Semester 2
CHEM 615 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 616 Inorganic Chemistry Lab 2
Electives 9
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours123-125

Applied Learning

Students in the BS in chemistry program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing at least one semester of undergraduate research, by enrollment in CHEM 690.