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Curriculum for the B.S. in Chemistry

Students pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry must complete:

  • University Core Requirements
  • BSNES Core Requirements
  • Chemistry Major Requirements
  • Chemistry Co-Requisites

To graduate, a student needs a minimum of 124 credit hours.

View the suggested curriculum sequence.


University Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
UCOR 101  Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
UCOR 102 Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing 3
UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions 3
UCOR 14X Theology 3
COSC 030 Research/Info Skills 1
Course in Ethics 3
Course in Creative Arts 3
Course in Faith and Reason 3
Course in Global Diversity 3
Course in Social Justice 3

View a complete list of University Core Requirements.


BSNES Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ENGL 302W Science Writing 3
HIST 307 History of Science 3
SPRG 105 Career Development Seminar 1
Math Credits 10
General Elective Credits 6

B.S. Chemistry Major Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 121/121L General Chemistry I & Lab 5
CHEM 122/122L General Chemistry II & Lab 5
CHEM 211H/211HL Organic Chemistry I Honors & Honors Lab 4
CHEM 212H/212HL Organic Chemistry II Honors & Honors Lab 4
CHEM 230L Research Lab Techniques 1
CHEM 311 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 325L/325R Integrated Lab I 3
CHEM 401 General Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 423 Analytical Chemistry 3
Electives 3
CHEM 475 Senior Seminar 1
CHEM 425L/425R Integrated Lab II 3

B.S. Chemistry Co-Requisites

Course # Course Name Credits
BIOL 111/111L General Biology I & Lab 4
BIOL 112/112L General Biology II & Lab 4
MATH 115 Calculus I 4
MATH 116 Calculus II 4
MATH 215 Calculus III 4
PHYS 211 General Analytical Physics I 4
PHYS 212 General Analytical Physics II 4
Additional Elective (Science or Non-Science) 3

American Chemical Society's Professional Requirements

To meet the American Chemical Society's requirements for Professional Certification, B.S. students in Chemistry must also take Math 314. Choose at least two (2) additional courses from the following, with the requirement that one is a laboratory course (lab courses are denoted with an "L").

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 401 Gen Biochemistry 3
CHEM 490 Undergraduate Research (L) 1 or 2
CHEM 524 Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 537 Quantum Chemistry 3
CHEM 538 Group Theory 3
CHEM 545 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 547 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3
CHEM 572 Inorganic Synthesis and Mechanisms 3
MATH 315 Differential Equations/ Linear Algebra 4
MATH 308 Numerical Analysis 3
BIOL 505 Microbial Genetics 3
PHYS 306 Applied Electronics (L) 3

The University will offer various courses each semester to satisfy the UCOR requirements. UCOR courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Science Writing (ENGL 302W) must be taken before Integrated Lab I (CHEM 325L/325R).

Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors: All students must take 121, 122, 230L, 423, 325R, 325L, 425R, 425L, 475. Biology 111/111L, 112/112L. Mathematics 115, 116.

B.S. Chemistry: All students must take 211H, 212H, 211HL, 212HL, 312, 321, 322, 401, 412, two 400-500 level Science/Math electives of 3 or 4 credits each; Physics 211, 212, and Math 215.

Chemistry electives include any course numbered CHEM 275, 402, 391, 503, 504, 534, 540, 546, 548, 565, 574, 585, 586, 587. Other science/math electives must be at the 300-400 level.

Note: Undergraduate research (CHEM 490) is strongly encouraged, especially during the junior-senior year.


Requirements for the Minor

A minor in Chemistry consists of 121, 122, and a minimum of 12 credits selected from Department courses numbered 200 or above. Individual course prerequisites must be satisfied.