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Chemistry (B.S.)

Student works with chemical compounds to study reactions in chemistry

Major Requirements

The major in chemistry consists of all of the courses in Sections A and D, and one course in Section B and C:

Section A

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 200 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 240 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry—Dynamics
  • CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry—Structures
  • CHEM 345 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 370 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 390 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 405 Chemistry Capstone I
  • CHEM 406 Chemistry Capstone II

Section B

  • CHEM 490 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM 495 Independent Study

Section C

  • CHEM 348 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 410 Adv. Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 415 Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Section D

  • Math 181 Calculus I
  • Math 182 Calculus II
  • PHYS 174 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 184 Introductory Physics II

Students planning to be professional chemists are encouraged to take more than the minimum course work in chemistry, physics and mathematics. A reading knowledge of a foreign language has a number of important educational benefits and is recommended.

Suggested first year schedule for all chemistry majors

(includes Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary, B.A. & B.S. in Chemistry, B.A. in Environmental Chemistry, and B.A. in Environmental Chemistry and Biochemistry)

First Year, Fall

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I (4 CH)
  • MATH 181 Calculus I (4 CH)
  • ENG 101 College Writing (3 CH)
  • SEMS 110 Introduction to Seminar (3 CH)
  • IR Group D (1 CH)
  • PHYS 174 Introduction to Physics (4 CH) or Electives (3-5 CH)

TOTAL 15-18 CH

First Year, Spring

  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry II (4 CH)
  • MATH 182 Calculus II (4 CH)
  • ENG 112 Oral & Written Expression II (3 CH)
  • INDS 101 Presentational Literacy (3 CH)
  • Core Elective (3 CH)
  • Elective (0-4 CH)

TOTAL 14-18 CH

Notes

  1. Students who are not strong in math are advised to take MATH 107 College Algebra in the fall, CHEM 140 and MATH 142 Precalculus in the spring, and CHEM 160 and MATH 181 in the fall semester of the second year. 
  2. Students with exceptionally strong math/ science backgrounds should consult with the chemistry department before registering.