Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.


Students are strongly encouraged to talk to a faculty advisor in the Chemistry Department to ensure that the necessary math and science courses are taken in the first two years of study.

Academic Requirements

In order to graduate with a BS in Chemistry, all courses covered under major requirements must be completed with a grade C or better.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfy the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  3. Complete the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  4. Complete the major requirements below.

Major Requirements

Students working toward a BS in Chemistry can choose one of two options: biochemistry and chemistry.

Biochemistry Option

BIOL A242Fundamentals of Cell Biology3
BIOL A252Principles of Genetics3
BIOL A461Molecular Biology3
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM A253Principles of Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM A312Quantitative Analysis5
CHEM A321Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM A322Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM A323LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM A411Biophysical Chemistry3
CHEM A441Principles of Biochemistry I3
CHEM A442Principles of Biochemistry II3
CHEM A443Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM A492Undergraduate Seminar2
CHEM A498Individual Research6
MATH A251Calculus I4
MATH A252Calculus II4
Choose a PHYS sequence:8
Basic Physics I
and Basic Physics I Laboratory
Basic Physics II
and Basic Physics II Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Choose 9 credits from the following upper division selectives:9
Principles of Animal Physiology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Human Genome
Experiential Learning: Molecular Biology
Physical Chemistry II
Instrumental Methods
Environmental Chemistry
Microbial Biology
Microbial Biotechnology

A total of 120 to 126 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division. 

Chemistry Option - Admission Suspended

Contact the Chemistry Department for advising concerning this degree option.

Honors in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry awards departmental honors in chemistry to undergraduate students who show exceptional performance in all their coursework. To graduate with honors students must:

  1. Satisfy all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
  2. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  3. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50 in CHEM classes.
  4. Complete, with distinction, a written assignment in the style of a chemical journal based on the research performed in CHEM A498.
  5. Notify the Departmental Honors Committee in writing at the time they file their Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar that they intend to graduate with departmental honors.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

It is expected that graduates of the Chemistry program will have the ability to:

  • Understand and critically solve problems related to the physical and natural sciences and present those solutions for the advancement of knowledge in the field of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Design and conduct experiments that include fieldwork, laboratory analyses, instrumental methods, theoretical development and interpretation in the discipline.