Departments & Programs


Major in Chemistry—B.S.

The B.S. Degree in Chemistry prepares students for employment in industry, to pursue graduate work in chemistry, or to attend medical or dental school. Chemistry studies the substances of matter—their identification, composition, properties, interactions, combinations, changes, and uses.

Required Courses

Students must complete the following Foundations, Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Breadth of Inquiry, Critical Approaches, and Public Oral Communication requirements:

  1. Writing, same as B.A. degree (English Composition, Intensive Writing).
  2. Foreign language, 3 credit hours of any foreign language at the second-year level.
  3. Arts and humanities, two courses.
  4. Social and historical studies, two courses.
  5. Natural and mathematical sciences, fulfilled by major.
  6. One Critical Approaches course.
  7. One Public Oral Communication course.
Major Requirements

Students must complete the following course work with a minimum grade of C– in each course:

  1. 45 credit hours of Chemistry course work which must include: CHEM-C 117 and C127 (or C105-C125), A315, C317-C318, N330, C341, C342, S343, C361, C362, P364, and either C483 or C484.
  2. The following courses may not be counted in the 45 credit hours required for the major: CHEM-C 103, C107, G201, G203, G207, G209, C240, C243, G307, G407, and G499.
  3. At least 6 of the remaining credit hours must be in lecture courses at the 300–400 level or above.
  4. At least 4 of the remaining credit hours must be in laboratory courses.
  5. MATH-M 211 and M212, and one of MATH-M 303 or M311 or M343.
  6. PHYS-P 221 and P222.
  7. BIOL-L 112.

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

MATH-M 311 is recommended over MATH-M 303 or M343.