Chemistry, BS

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Chemistry has been designed to prepare undergraduate students for graduate and professional schools or employment in the chemical sciences. The chemistry curriculum includes a core of chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses offered in three different concentrations - Professional, General, and Biochemistry - that will provide the students with skills essential for all chemistry-related careers, and will be combined with directed electives in an area of interest. Students will be prepared for the following professional programs: medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, veterinary school, and physical therapy and physician assistant programs. This curriculum is also designed to prepare students for the following graduate programs:

  • chemistry,
  • biochemistry,
  • public health,
  • environmental science,
  • and forensic science.

Program Requirements

No more than two grades of D in upper-division courses are allowed in any concentration in the Chemistry major. Upper-division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F of the core curriculum. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction.

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the Chemistry degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Concentration Options

There are three Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Concentrations to choose from:

  1. Professional Concentration
  2. General Concentration
  3. Biochemistry Concentration

Professional Concentration Course Requirements

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
Calculus I 1
Calculus II 1
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Lab I
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Lab II
Upper Division Core Requirements33
CHEM 1500Freshman Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 2500Sophomore Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 2811
2811L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Lab
4
CHEM 3220On-Campus Internship I 2,33
or CHEM 3230 Introductory Research I
CHEM 3311
3311L
Inorganic Chemistry
and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 3411
CHEM 3400L
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Lab I
4
CHEM 3412
3412L
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Lab II
4
CHEM 3500Junior Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 4202
CHEM 3202L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory I
4
Choose one of the following: 12
Advanced Lab I: Organic Synth. 2
Advanced Lab II: Biochemistry 2
Advanced Lab III: Inorganic 2
CHEM 4500Senior Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 4811
4811L
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
4
CHEM 4999ASenior Evaluation0
or CHEM 4999B Senior Evaluation
Upper Division Chemistry Electives9
Choose 9 hours from the following:
On-Campus Internship I 3
On-Campus Internship II 3
Introductory Research I 3
Introductory Research II 3
Environmental Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Laboratory II
Medicinal Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry
Electrochemistry
Food Chemistry
Color Chemistry
Chemistry Research Practicum I 3,4
Chemistry Research Pract II 3,4
Solid State Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Lab I: Organic Synth.
Advanced Lab II: Biochemistry
Advanced Lab III: Inorganic
Biophysical Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Qual Assurance & Qual Control
Special Topics in Chemistry 5
Special Topics in Chemistry II 5
Special Topics Chemistry III 5
Spectroscopy
Biocomputing 6
Directed Electives18
Choose 18 hours from the following:
Additional CHEM courses not applied to Chemistry Core or Electives 8
Off-Campus Internship I 7
Additional MATH Courses
Additional BIOL Courses 6
Additional PHYS Courses 8
Additional courses with department chair or chemistry mentor approval
Total Credit Hours120

 Footnotes for Professional Concentration

Other Professional Concentration Specific Graduation Requirements

  1. MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus or MATH 1501 Calculus I must be taken to satisfy the area A2 requirement in the Core Curriculum.

  2. It is highly recommended that CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I, CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry Lab I, CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II, CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry Lab II, and MATH 1501 Calculus I or MATH 2502 Calculus II be used to satisfy the Area D requirements in the Core Curriculum.

General Concentration Course Requirements

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
CHEM 2411
2411L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 2412
2412L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
4
CHEM 2811
2811L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Lab
4
PHYS 1111Introductory Physics I3
PHYS 1112Introductory Physics II3
Upper Division Core Requirements25
PHYS 1111LIntroductory Physics Lab I1
PHYS 1112LIntroductory Physics Lab II1
CHEM 1500Freshman Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 2500Sophomore Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 3202
3202L
Introductory Biochemistry
and Biochemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3210Off-Campus Internship I 1,3,63
or CHEM 3220 On-Campus Internship I
or CHEM 3230 Introductory Research I
CHEM 3311
3311L
Inorganic Chemistry
and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 3400
3400L
Survey of Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Lab I
4
CHEM 3500Junior Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 4500Senior Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 4811
4811L
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
4
CHEM 4999ASenior Evaluation0
or CHEM 4999B Senior Evaluation
Upper Division Chemistry Electives15
Choose 15 hours from the following:
On-Campus Internship I 2,6
On-Campus Internship II 2,6
Introductory Research I 2,6
Introductory Research II 2,6
Environmental Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Laboratory II
Medicinal Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry
Electrochemistry
Food Chemistry
Color Chemistry
Chemistry Research Practicum I 2,6,7
Chemistry Research Pract II 2,6,7
Solid State Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Lab I: Organic Synth.
Advanced Lab II: Biochemistry
Advanced Lab III: Inorganic
Biophysical Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Qual Assurance & Qual Control
Special Topics in Chemistry 8
Special Topics in Chemistry II 8
Special Topics Chemistry III 8
Spectroscopy
Biocomputing 4
Directed Electives20
Choose 20 hours from the following:
Additional CHEM courses not applied to Chemistry Core or Electives 5,6
Additional MATH courses
Additional BIOL courses 5,6
Additional PHYS courses 5,6
Additional courses with department chair or chemistry mentor approval
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes for General Concentration

 Other General Concentration Specific Graduation Requirements

  • It is highly recommended that CHEM 1211, CHEM 1211L, CHEM 1212, CHEM 1212L, and MATH 1501 be used to satisfy the Area D requirements in the Core Curriculum

Biochemistry Concentration Course Requirements

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
CHEM 2411
2411L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 2412
2412L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
4
CHEM 2811
2811L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Lab
4
PHYS 1111Introductory Physics I3
PHYS 1112Introductory Physics II3
Upper Division Core Requirements25
PHYS 1111LIntroductory Physics Lab I1
PHYS 1112LIntroductory Physics Lab II1
CHEM 1500Freshman Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 2500Sophomore Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 4202
CHEM 3202L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3220On-Campus Internship I 1,63
or CHEM 3230 Introductory Research I
or CHEM 3210 Off-Campus Internship I
CHEM 3311
3311L
Inorganic Chemistry
and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 3400
3400L
Survey of Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Lab I
4
CHEM 3500Junior Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 4203
4203L
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 4500Senior Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 4999ASenior Evaluation0
or CHEM 4999B Senior Evaluation
Upper Division Biology Core Requirements11
BIOL 1107
1107L
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology Lab I
4
BIOL 1108
1108L
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology Lab II
4
BIOL 3200Cell and Molecular Biology3
Upper Division Biology Core Electives6-7
Choose from the following:
Genetics
Introductory Microbiology
Introductory Microbiology Lab
Neurobiology
Endocrinology
Immunology
Biocomputing 4
Upper Division Chemistry Electives12
Choose from the following:
Off-Campus Internship I 2,3,6
Off-Campus Internship II 2,6
On-Campus Internship I
On-Campus Internship II 2,6
Introductory Research I 2,6
Introductory Research II 2,6
Environmental Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry
Electrochemistry
Food Chemistry
Color Chemistry
Chemistry Research Practicum I 2,6,7
Chemistry Research Pract II 2,6,7
Solid State Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Lab I: Organic Synth.
Advanced Lab II: Biochemistry
Advanced Lab III: Inorganic
Biophysical Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Qual Assurance & Qual Control
Special Topics in Chemistry 8
Special Topics in Chemistry II 8
Special Topics Chemistry III 8
Instrumental Analysis
Instrumental Analysis Lab
Spectroscopy
Biocomputing 4
Directed Electives5-6
Choose from the following:
Additional CHEM courses not applied to Chemistry Core or Electives 5,6
Additional BIOL courses not applied to the BIOL Core or Electives
Additional MATH courses
Additional PHYS courses 5,6
Additional courses with department chair or chemistry mentor approval
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes for Biochemistry Concentration

Other Biochemistry Concentration Specific Graduation Requirements

  • It is highly recommended that CHEM 1211, CHEM 1211L, CHEM 1212, CHEM 1212L, and MATH 1501 be used to satisfy the Area D requirements in the Core Curriculum