Please note: The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education, the Graduate Certificate in Special Education (K-12) initial licensure track, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education initial licensure track no longer hold specialized accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as of December 31, 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications voluntarily withdrew from specialized accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

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 major requirements below.

Major Requirements

Students complete a BS in Chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis.

BIOL A108Principles and Methods in Biology6
BIOL A242Fundamentals of Cell Biology3
BIOL A243Experiential Learning: Cell Biology and Genetics4
BIOL A252Principles of Genetics3
BIOL A461Molecular Biology3
or BIOL A465 Experiential Learning: Molecular Biology
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM A208Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry3
CHEM A218Experiential Learning: Quantitative Chemical Analysis5
CHEM A321Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM A322Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM A323LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM A411Biophysical Chemistry3
CHEM A418Experiential Learning: Chemical Instrumentation and Methods5
CHEM A441Principles of Biochemistry I3
CHEM A442Principles of Biochemistry II3
CHEM A443Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM A481Experiential Learning: Undergraduate Seminar I1
CHEM A482Experiential Learning: Undergraduate Seminar II2
MATH A155Precalculus5
MATH A251Calculus I4
STAT A253Applied Statistics for the Sciences4
Complete a PHYS sequence:8
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Choose 13 credits from the following upper division electives:13
Environmental Chemistry
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
Bioanalytical Chemistry
Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure
Chemistry Internship
Individual Research
Principles of Animal Physiology
Experiential Learning: Biostatistics
Behavioral Endocrinology
Human Genome
Experiential Learning: Microbial Biotechnology
Molecular Biology of Cancer
Metals in Biology
Experiential Learning: Molecular Biology
Individual Research
Microbial Biology
Experiential Learning: Microbial Biology
Microbial Physiology
Microbial Biotechnology
Microbial Genetics
Modern Physics
Simulation of Physical Systems
Quantum Mechanics
Behavioral Neuroscience

A minimum of 120 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

Evaluate and critically solve problems related to the chemical sciences and communicate those solutions.

Develop proficiency in scientific inquiry including laboratory technique, data analysis, literature review, and experimental design.