The certified B.S. degree requires 47 credit hours of chemistry.  This major is certified by the American Chemical Society. Variations within the program may be recommended by the Department. Transfer students must complete a minimum of half of the required major credit hours in residence in the Department. Students should make certain that math and physics prerequisites are fulfilled in a timely manner. 

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 221Introduction to Structure and Dynamics4
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
CHM 222Organic Reactions and Synthesis4
CHM 206Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory2
CHM 214Quantitative Analytical Chemistry3
Advanced Courses
BMB 401Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences4
BMB 402Principles of Experimental BMB2
CHM 320Instrumental Methods in Chemistry and Biochemistry2
CHM 360Physical Chemistry I (Lecture)3
CHM 364Physical Chemistry (Laboratory I)1
CHM 365Physical Chemistry II (Lecture)3
CHM 441Inorganic Chemistry (Lecture)3
CHM 442Inorganic Chemistry (Laboratory)1
Chemistry Electives9
The Chemistry of Food and Taste.
Environmental Chemistry
Any 500-level CHM course
Math and Physics Courses
MTH 161Calculus I4
MTH 162Calculus II4
PHY 201University Physics I for the Sciences4
PHY 202University Physics II for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
PHY 108College Physics Laboratory II1
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

This is a guide and is not meant to take the place of the advice of your major advisor; you should consult with them before making any changes.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
PHY 201 University Physics I for the Sciences 4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours14
CHM 214 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 3
BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences 4
PHY 202 University Physics II for the Sciences 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
CHM 360 Physical Chemistry I (Lecture) 3
CHM 364 Physical Chemistry (Laboratory I) 1
CHM Elective 3
Language Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
CHM 365 Physical Chemistry II (Lecture) 3
CHM 320 Instrumental Methods in Chemistry and Biochemistry 2
People and Society Cognate 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours17
Year Four
CHM 441 Inorganic Chemistry (Lecture) 3
CHM Elective 3
BMB 402 Principles of Experimental BMB 2
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours14
CHM 442 Inorganic Chemistry (Laboratory) 1
CHM Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours120



 Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of fundamental chemical principles in all areas of the field.
  • Graduates will be adept in a broad variety of chemical instrumentation and analytical techniques.
  • Graduates will display effective and strong written communication skills pertaining to chemical research.