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bachelor of science in chemistry

This sequence includes the chemistry courses required for the ACS (American Chemical Society) Approved Bachelor of Science Degree.  Research experience is highly recommended. A total of two upper-level electives (this would include research) are required with completion of CHE 301/445/496.  At least one elective in chemistry must include laboratory exercises.  Completion of University Requirements and 21-22 elective credits completes the minimum of 122 credits for the degree.

(*Starting point: math placement in Precalculus)

(**Research is not a requirement for ACS Approved Degrees or completion of the Chemistry Concentration, but meets the lab elective requirement and is strongly suggested as an elective in the fourth year.)



First year requirements and cognates: 

  • General Chemistry I & II (CHE 120/121 - fall/spring)

    Precalculus* (MAT 122 - fall)

    Calculus I (MAT 150 - spring)




Second year requirements and cognates: 

Organic Chemistry I & II (CHE 260/261 - fall/spring) 

Quantitative Analysis (CHE 240 - fall or spring)

Calculus II & III (MAT 151/252 - fall/spring)

Physics I & II (PHY 230/231 - fall/spring)

Preparation of Scientific Documents for Chemistry (CHE 301)




Third year requirements:

Physical Chemistry I & II (CHE 370/371/372/373 - fall/spring)

Biochemistry I (CHE 450 - fall)

Upper-Level Electives:

Environmental Chemistry (CHE 340 - spring)

Instrumental Analysis (CHE 440 - spring) 

Biochemistry II (CHE 451 - spring)

Medicinal Chemistry (CHE 456 - fall)

Special Topics (CHE 498 - see current catalogue)





Fourth year requirements:

Inorganic Chemistry (CHE 435/436 - fall/spring)

Chemistry Seminar (CHE 496 - fall)

Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety (CHE 445 - spring)

Upper-Level Electives (see above):

Chemical Research (CHE 490/491 - fall/spring)**