Jul 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.S.

Also see

Chemistry, B.S. to M.S. - Accelerated  
Biochemistry, B.S.  
3+3 Pharm.D. Program (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Health Science B.S. to Pharm.D.) 
Pre-Pharmacy (plan of study)  
Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental (plan of study)  
Pre-Veterinary Studies (plan of study)  


Chemistry is a foundational science. A bachelor’s degree can be used for many purposes, including direct employment in industry as a chemist, or as preparation for graduate study in many areas including chemistry, biology, medicine, forensics, environmental science, or art history/preservation. The Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists.

Program outcomes

The student will demonstrate:

  • Depth and scope in general, organic, analytical, physical chemistry and biochemistry
  • Depth and scope in laboratory skills
  • Ability to do chemical research, including literature review, in-lab research and presentation of findings at a scientific meeting

Declaring the Chemistry major

To be accepted to the major, and therefore be advised by a Chemistry faculty member, all students - including transfer students - must have completed the courses below. Ordinarily, to complete the Chemistry major in four years, a student must complete the eight courses listed here before the beginning of junior year.

Students must also have a grade of C or better and a GPA of 2.50 or greater in all required Chemistry courses and required supporting courses. 

Students who are enrolled in Calculus II, Organic Chemistry II or Physics II may be admitted to the department, pending a grade of C or better in all of the above courses and meeting the departmental GPA requirements.

Degree requirements

Continuation requirements: A grade of C or better is required for all Chemistry courses and required supporting courses. The GPA for all Chemistry courses and required supporting courses must be 2.50 or greater. These requirements pertain to all students, including transfer students.

Students who wish to use a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry as a foundation for direct employment or for future study in areas including biology, chemistry, medicine, forensics, environmental science and art history/preservation can major in Chemistry with these courses:

Required supporting coursework (16 credits)

Suggested plan of study

Certification by American Chemical Society

Students seeking direct employment in industry upon completion of the bachelor’s degree or those planning to attend graduate school in Chemistry may be certified by the American Chemical Society by majoring in Chemistry with the courses listed below. This plan of study gives students substantial laboratory experiences beneficial to continued progress in the chemistry fields. The suggested plan of study is the same as above with additional required chemistry courses.

Rotating courses

Note that the CHEM 300 / CHEM 310  and CHEM 320 /CHEM 330  courses will alternate between junior and senior year depending on the year of matriculation.

Teacher licensure

Chemistry majors seeking teaching licensure should speak to the teacher licensure officer about specific course selection requirements.