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Chemistry Program Information

Department of Chemistry and Physics

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

May be either depending on option selected; see the “Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees” section of the catalog.

Major in Chemistry (Major Code: 104)

A student must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours to include at least 39 advanced hours.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum” section of this catalog.

Option I—Professional Chemistry

This option follows course recommendations of the American Chemical Society and prepares students for positions in industry, government and education. It is recommended for students planning to do graduate study in chemistry or seeking employment as chemists in industry.

  • CHEM 1411, 1412, 2523, 2525, 3511, 3521, 3522, 4411, 4323, 4223L, 4431, 4397.
  • MATH 1316 or 2412; 2413, 2414, 3340.
  • PHYS 2425, 2426 and two hours of 3095.
  • CHEM 4370.
  • Additional hours to meet the minimum University requirement for a degree.
  • Additional advanced hours to provide a minimum of 39 hours selected from chemistry, physics or mathematics.

Option II—General Chemistry

This option provides a background for students whose career goals are to enter education or chemistry-related fields.

  • CHEM 1411, 1412, 2523, 2525, 3511, three courses from 3521, 3522, 4411, 4323 and 4223L, 4324 and 4224L, 4431.
  • MATH 1316or 2412; 2413, 2414.
  • PHYS 1401 or 2425, 1402 or 2426.
  • CHEM 4370.
  • Additional advanced hours to provide a minimum of 39 hours selected from chemistry, mathematics, biology, computer science, physics, environmental science or geology.
  • Additional hours to meet the minimum University requirement for a degree.

Option III—Biochemistry

This option is for students planning careers using chemistry applied to medical science, including pre-medical students and other pre-professional students.

  • CHEM 1411, 1412, 2523, 2525, 3511, 4323, 4223L, 4324, 4224L.
  • BIOL 1406 or 1413, 1407 or 1411, 2572, 3301, 3402
  • MATH 1316 or 2412; 2413.
  • PHYS 1401 or 2425; 1402 or 2426.
  • CHEM 4370.
  • MATH 2414 is recommended.
  • Additional advanced hours to provide a minimum of 39 hours selected from chemistry, mathematics, biology, computer science, physics, environmental science or geology.
  • Additional hours to meet the minimum University requirement for a degree.
  • Three to four Advanced Biology electives; Taking both BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 may also be used to satisfy this requirement.  BIOL 3440 or BIOL 4375 is recommended.

For information about the master of science (M.S.) degree in chemistry, refer to the “Graduate School” section of the catalog.