Majors, Minors, & Requirements


Below you will find information on the B.S. Chemistry degree, as well as the American Chemical Society (ACS) certified B.S. degree. Both degrees are appropriate for students seeking to pursue medical or other health-related post-graduate education, graduate education in chemistry, or work in chemical education and industry. Our degree has a good deal of flexibility and can be tailored to the student more interested in biological chemistry, materials chemistry, analytical chemistry, etc. Contact your advisor to set-up and plan a chemistry major that is best suited to your strengths and interests.   

Requirements for a Major in Chemistry Leading to the B.S. Degree

  1. Chemistry 120-120L, 211-212, 212L, 240 and 240L 311-312, 312L,and at least 2 additional courses from the following list: 206, 406, 408, 414, 416, 422, 451-452 (total of four credits.)
  2. Physics 111-112, 113L-114L.
  3. Mathematics 121-122.
  4. Chemistry 485,486 or 415.

These requirements may be tailored to suit the interests and goals of the student. Some suggestions include:

  1. Chemistry graduate school: 406, 408, 414, 451-452.
  2. Biochemistry graduate school in a chemistry department: 414, 416, 451 452. (Note: students interested in graduate biochemistry may also wish to consider the Biochemistry-Molecular Biology major.)

Requirements for Certification by the American Chemical Society

  1. Chemistry 211, 240 and 240L, 311, 408, 414 - these serve as the foundation courses. Then the in-depth courses are 212 and 212L, 312 and 312L, 406 and 415.
  2. Physics 111-112 111L-112L.
  3. Mathematics 121-122.
  4. Chemistry 485 or 486 or 415.
  5. At least 4 credit hours of research (Chem 451 and/or 452.)

Honors in Chemistry

  1. Courses required: those listed for the B.S. degree as well as Chemistry 495 and 496.
  2. An original investigation of some problem in chemistry or biochemistry, usually related to research being carried on by a member of the department, is required. A creditable thesis must be presented at the end of the project. The honors project and its outcome must be approved by the student’s Honors Committee.
  3. A public presentation on the honors work is required by the department.