Department Level Requirements - Chemistry

Requirements - BA or BS students

Students should consult with a chemistry advisor to schedule science and mathematics requirements in the appropriate order. Note that for a number of chemistry courses there is a prerequisite of a grade of C or better in a previous course.  Please see the   Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies  for assignment of an advisor.

Students also must complete all applicable College of Arts and Sciences and University graduation requirements, including University general education. Note that students pursuing a BS degree with a major in Chemistry may opt to satisfy the foreign language requirement through alternative course work consisting of no fewer than 12 credits numbered 2000 or above.

Major Core Requirements
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2110Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I2
CHEM 2140Organic Laboratory II2
CHEM 2400Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry with Lab3
CHEM 3200Quantitative Methods of Analysis with Lab4
CHEM 3700WUndergraduate Seminar in Chemistry - Writing Intensive3
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
Total Credits38

Degree Tracks

Beyond the major core requirements, each student must select a degree track. There is one track for students pursuing a BA degree and three for those pursuing a BS. The BA degree is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to gain a strong chemistry background but who may have goals other than employment as a chemist or graduate work in chemistry. 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. More information about this third degree track is available from the Chemistry Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. 

Note: "Track" designations do not appear on transcripts or diplomas.

Double Majors

No specific programs (other than the dual degree program with the College of Education noted above) are offered, although it is possible to combine a chemistry major (BS or BA) with a variety of other majors, including biological sciences, mathematics and physics.

Departmental Honors

A BS with Honors in Chemistry is available to honors-eligible BS students who complete CHEM 4990H and CHEM 4991H as well as all of the requirements for the ACS Certification Track. (These courses replace CHEM 4950)  Please see  the Chemistry Honors Coordinator, for more specific details about the Honors in Chemistry program.