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BS in Chemistry

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale). The department counsels freshmen and transfer students, as well as declared chemistry majors. 

University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of
    the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same


Major Requirements

  • 72 credit hours with grades of C or better 

Course Requirements

  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I (4) 
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II (4) 
  • CHEM-310 Organic Chemistry I (3) 
  • CHEM-312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) 
  • CHEM-320 Organic Chemistry II (3) 
  • CHEM-322 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1) 
  • CHEM-410 Biophysical Chemistry (3) 
  • CHEM-460 Instrumental Analysis (3) 
  • CHEM-510 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3) 
  • CHEM-540 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3) 
  • CHEM-550 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) 
  • CHEM-560 Biochemistry I (3) 
  • CHEM-561 Biochemistry II (3)
  • CHEM-571 Experimental Biological Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM-572 Experimental Biological Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM-581 Experimental Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM-582 Experimental Chemistry II (3)
  • MATH-221 Calculus I (4) 
  • MATH-222 Calculus II (4) 
  • MATH-313 Calculus III (4) 
  • PHYS-110 Principles of Physics I (4) 
  • PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II (4) 
  • At least 3 credit hours from the following: 
  • CHEM-490 Independent Study Project (1–6) 
  • CHEM-498 Honors: Senior Year (1–3) 
  • CHEM-499 Honors: Senior Year (1–3) 

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.

Combined BS and MS in Chemistry

Visit the BS/MS Webpage for information on receiving a combined BS in chemistry or biochemistry and an MS in chemistry.