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Bachelor of Science

The Chemistry major is accredited by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Completion of this program leads to a B.S. in Chemistry with American Chemical Society Certification. The major is generally oriented toward preparing students to become professional scientists. At the same time, the curriculum is rigorous, yet flexible enough to prepare students for immediate employment, graduate study, or work in an allied profession.

From introductory through advanced courses, students have access to departmental instrumentation and facilities. The faculty values a hands-on approach to chemical education. The major is structured to provide a strong foundation and to allow for faculty-directed independent research or interdisciplinary study.

Students considering a major in Chemistry should consult a member of the faculty for advice on the sequence of courses, as the courses in related fields described below are prerequisites for upper-level Chemistry courses.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

72 credits

Core Courses

48 credits

INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 342 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 363 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 375 Biochemistry
CHEM 421 Advanced Synthetic Chemistry
CHEM 454 Instrumental Analysis

Select one from the following:

  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry III
  • CHEM 373 Polymer Chemistry

Related Field

24 credits

INBIO 110 Molecules and Cells
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
MATH 151 Calculus I
MATH 152 Calculus II

Select one pair from the following:

  • INPHYS 141 College Physics I and PHYS 142 College Physics II
  • INPHYS 241 University Physics I and PHYS 242 University Physics II


Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level