Chemistry, B.S.

Completion of this major program prepares one for a career as a quality control chemist, research chemist, process development chemist, forensic/toxicology scientist, or environmental scientist. Continued study may include a master’s degree and doctorate in such areas of study as chemistry/biochemistry, medicine and/or dentistry, pharmacy/pharmaceutical.

There are no requirements for admission to this degree track, but students are encouraged to begin taking science and math courses as early as possible in their academic careers.

Various discipline-specific concentrations that will prepare students for multiple fields of employment or areas of additional undergraduate/graduate study are noted below. Course requirements for each concentration are explained in detail. The requirements for graduation, in addition to completion of the major area, are listed on "Undergraduate Degree Requirements."

Required Courses:
CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 1105General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 106General Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 1106General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 207Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2207Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 208Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2208Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 205Analytical Chemistry Lec 13
CHEM 2205Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 12
CHEM 316Instrumental Analysis, Lecture 23
CHEM 3316Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Laboratory 22
CHEM 305Physical Chemistry I 13
CHEM 306Physical Chemistry II, Lecture3
CHEM 3306Physical Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory 22
CHEM 307Biochemistry I4
CHEM 405Seminar 11
CHEM 416Inorganic Chemistry 23
Select a minimum of two additional Chemistry elective courses or from the following list:
CHEM 220Environmental Chemistry4
CHEM 308Biochemistry II4
CHEM 430Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds3
CHEM 401Medicinal Chemistry3
CHEM 420Food Chemistry4
CHEM 412Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 414Advanced Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 425Nanomaterial and Microelectronic Fabrication3
CHEM 435Materials Chemistry3
Required Math, Physics and Computer Science Courses
MATH 192Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 193Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
PHYS 140Principles of Physics I - Lecture ( or PHYS 130 College Physics I Lecture)3
PHYS 1140Principles of Physics I - Laboratory and recitation ( or PHYS 1130 College Physics I Recitation and Lab)1
PHYS 141Principles of Physics II - Lecture ( or PHYS 131 College Physics Lecture)3
PHYS 1141Principles of Physics II - Laboratory and Recitation ( or PHYS 1131 College of Physics Recitation and Lab)1
INTD 180Computer Tools For Science and Mathematics3

Offered in fall semester only. 


Offered in spring semester only. 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4 - 6
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
CHEM 100
Preparation for General Chemistry ((*Can test out of CHEM 100))
or General Chemistry I Lecture and General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory
3 - 5
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II
or English Composition 2 ESL
4 - 6
MATH 193 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
CHEM 106
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 1
CHEM 207
CHEM 2207
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
PHYS 130
PHYS 1130
College Physics I (Lecture)
or Principles of Physics I - Lecture and Principles of Physics I - Laboratory and recitation
General Education Tier II Course 3
Substitute a general education course for 3 credits 3
Semester 2
CHEM 208
CHEM 2208
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
PHYS 131
PHYS 1131
Physics II (Lecture)
or Principles of Physics II - Lecture and Principles of Physics II - Laboratory and Recitation
INTD 180 Computer Tools For Science and Mathematics 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
CHEM 205
CHEM 2205
Analytical Chemistry Lec
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 2205 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 307 Biochemistry I 4
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 2
CHEM 316
CHEM 1316
Instrumental Analysis, Lecture
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHEM 3316 Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Laboratory 2
Chemistry Elective 3XX or 4XX 4
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
CHEM 305 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 405 Seminar 1
Chemistry Elective 3XX or 4XX 4
General Education Tier III Course 3
General Education Tier III Course 3
Semester 2
CHEM 306
CHEM 3306
Physical Chemistry II, Lecture
and Physical Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory
Minor or Elective Course 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
CHEM 416 Inorganic Chemistry 3
 Total Credits116-122

*To test out of CHEM 100, students must contact the Chemistry Department. Students who take CHEM 100 are recommended CHEM 106/CHEM 1106 in first summer session.  CHEM 100 will replace an elective within their major.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Chemistry program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the fundamental concepts in: general, organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry.
  2. Quantitatively and qualitatively describe molecular behavior.
  3. Design and conduct laboratory experiments, perform calculations, and interpret results to draw reasonable conclusions.
  4. Demonstrate discipline-specific writing skills.
  5. Use modern library searching and retrieval methods to obtain information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique.