BS in Chemistry

Degree Program Description

Chemistry is the study of matter and substances in order to understand, explain and predict how substances change. The BS degree is designed for those students who desire a more focused education in Chemistry and related Sciences than that provided by the BA degree, which is more general.  There are three degree tracks for those who are pursuing a BS. The American Chemical Society certification track is recommended for BS students who desire professional employment as chemists or who plan to pursue graduate education in chemistry. A medicinal chemistry track is available to BS students who plan careers in the health professions or in pharmaceutical, clinical or medicinal chemistry. The third BS track, leading to simultaneous completion of a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Education, is appropriate for those students who wish to teach chemistry in secondary schools.  Most chemistry majors continue their education in the best graduate schools or professional schools in the country. Many of our graduates are now physicians or have teaching and research careers at universities and colleges. Other graduates are managers in industry and specialists in their fields.

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Major Program Requirements

Department Level Requirements must be completed in addition to all university requirements, including general education, and the degree requirements below.

Chemistry Major with BS Degree American Chemical Society Certification Track

CHEM 3310Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 3330Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 3340Physical Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 4200Instrumental Methods of Analysis with Lab3
CHEM 4400Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4950Senior Research3
BIOCHM 4270Biochemistry3
PHYSCS 2750University Physics I5
PHYSCS 2760University Physics II5
MATH 2300Calculus III3
Total Credits34

Medicinal Chemistry Track

CHEM 3300Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 3700Undergraduate Seminar in Chemistry3
CHEM 4170Medicinal Chemistry3
CHEM 4600Introduction to Radiochemistry with Lab3
or BIO_SC 4328 Introductory Radiation Biology
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
or PHYSCS 2750 University Physics I
PHYSCS 1220College Physics II4
or PHYSCS 2760 University Physics II
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory3-5
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 2300Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIOCHM 4270Biochemistry3
BIOCHM 4272Biochemistry3
Total Credits37-39

Dual Degree in Chemistry and Education

CHEM 4800Chemistry Teaching Practicum3

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Semester Plans

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

Sample Eight-Semester Program - Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry (ACS Certification Track)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 1320*4CHEM 1330*4
MATH 1500*5MATH 17005
American History/Government*3English Composition*3
General Education/Elective*3-5General Education/Elective*3-5
 15-17 15-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
CHEM 24003CHEM 21302
MATH 23003CHEM 37003
PHYSCS 27505PHYSCS 27605
 General Education/Elective*3
 14 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 32004CHEM 21402
CHEM 33103CHEM 33303
Foreign Language (or substitute)5CHEM 33403
General Education/Elective*3Foreign Language (or substitute)5
 General Education/Elective*3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 42003CHEM 44003
BIOCHM 42703CHEM 49503
Foreign Language (or substitute)3General Education/Elective*3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 15 15
Total Credits: 121-125
*

 Courses satisfy certain University general education requirements.

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Sample Eight-Semester Program - Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry (Medicinal Chemistry Track)

Check the Undergraduate Catalog for Prerequisites.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 1320*4CHEM 1330*4
MATH 1500*5MATH 17005
American History/Government*3ENGLSH 1000*3
General Education/Elective*3-5BIO_SC 15005
 15-17 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
CHEM 24003CHEM 21302
BIO_SC 22004CHEM 37003
General Education/Elective*3BIO_SC 23004
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 32004CHEM 21402
PHYSCS 12104PHYSCS 12204
Foreign Language (or substitute)5Foreign Language (or substitute)5
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 16 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 33003CHEM 41703
BIOCHM 42703BIOCHM 42723
Foreign Language (or substitute)3Chemistry Elective (e.g. CHEM 4600)3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 15 15
Total Credits: 123-125
*

 Courses satisfy certain University general education requirements.

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Degree Audit

 

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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