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B.S. in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, which provides graduates with an American Chemical Society-certified degree, consists of at least 72 credits distributed as follows:

A. Chemistry (50 credits)

  • CHEM 101: Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102: Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 102L: Introductory Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 351: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 352: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 351L: Organic Laboratory I
  • CHEM 352L: Organic Laboratory II
  • CHEM 300: Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 301: Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 302: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 311L: Advanced Laboratory I
  • CHEM 312L: Advanced Laboratory II
  • CHEM 405: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 405L: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 420: Scientific Computing
  • CHEM 461: Advanced Instrumental Analysis

Biochemistry Requirement: (3 or 4 credits)

  • CHEM 437: Biochemistry
    OR
  • CHEM 455: Biomedicinal Chemistry
    OR
  • CHEM 470: Toxicology

B. Mathematics (12 credits)

  • MATH 151: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 152: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 251: Multivariable Calculus

C. Physics (8 credits)

  • PHYS 121: Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 122: Introductory Physics II

D. Approved Electives (3 credits)

  • CHEM 401: Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 406: Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 410: Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM 415: Statistical Mechanics and Theories of Rate Processes
  • CHEM 431: Chemistry of Proteins
  • CHEM 432: Advanced Biochemistry
  • CHEM 433: Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • CHEM 435: Biochemistry of Complex Carbohydrates
  • CHEM 437: Comprehensive Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 437L: Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 438: Comprehensive Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 441: Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
  • CHEM 442: Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM 443: Molecular Spectroscopy and Biomacromolecules
  • CHEM 444: Molecular Modeling
  • CHEM 450: Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds
  • CHEM 451: Mechanisms of Organic Reactions
  • CHEM 452: Physical Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 453: Organic Chemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • CHEM 455: Introduction to Biomedicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 457: Total Synthesis of Natural Products
  • CHEM 465: Mass Spec at the Chemistry-Biochemistry Interface
  • CHEM 470: Toxicological Chemistry
  • CHEM 472: Enzyme Reaction Mechanisms
  • CHEM 499*: Undergraduate Research
Qualified undergraduates also may enroll in graduate courses offered by the department. Specific graduate-level, current or special topics courses may be approved as chemistry electives when their topic is appropriate.
SAMPLE PROGRAM
Note: Chemistry, math and physics courses that serve as prerequisites for other chemistry courses must be satisfied with no less than a grade of “C.” The cumulative grade point average of courses required for the undergraduate chemistry major must be at least 2.0. * MATH 251, required by the B.S. program, must be completed with no less than a grade of “C.” ** CHEM 437, 455 or 470 may be used for the biochemistry requirement.
FRESHMAN
Fall Spring
CHEM 101 CHEM 102
MATH 151 CHEM 102L
MATH 152
PHYS 121
SOPHOMORE
Fall Spring
CHEM 351 CHEM 352
CHEM 351L CHEM 352L
CHEM 300 MATH 251
PHYS 122
JUNIOR
Fall Spring
CHEM 301 CHEM 302
CHEM 311L CHEM 312L
CHEM 405
SENIOR
Fall Spring
CHEM 420 CHEM 461
CHEM 405L Approved Elective