Feb 23, 2024
The bachelor of science major is designed for students who plan a career in chemistry or related fields. The program prepares students for further study in graduate programs, or to enter the workplace directly. The BS degree is certified by the American Chemical Society if the nine department-approved electives come from a designated set of upper-division courses within chemistry. Consult your major advisor about department-approved electives.
Students are recommended to take MATH 273 before taking CHEM 381.
Chemistry Program Requirements
Students must have earned a grade of C- or higher in all prerequisites to be admitted to a course. To graduate, all chemistry majors are required to achieve at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.25 GPA in courses required for the major. To receive a minor in chemistry, students are required to achieve a 2.25 GPA in courses required for the minor.
All chemistry labs have fees associated with them that must be paid when registering for the course.
Chemistry Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- demonstrate proficiency in the concepts and skills designated in curriculum learner outcomes for courses in the relevant disciplines of chemistry;
- communicate clearly and accurately, using the language and style appropriate to the field of chemistry;
- demonstrate critical thinking skills that will allow for the explanation of chemistry-related principles and techniques, as well as quantitative problem solving, and demonstrate the ability to design experiments to test hypotheses;
- retrieve and critically analyze chemical literature, demonstrate the ability to use software-based tools for data and statistical analysis, and use computers to interface with scientific equipment in a lab environment; and
- utilize established safety protocols for standard chemistry procedures and locate available tools to establish new safety protocols.
Chemistry BS Core Requirements
General Chemistry and Laboratory: Credits 15
Organic Chemistry: Credits 13
Quantitative Analysis Credits: 5
Upper-Division Chemistry Credits: 14
Physical Chemistry Credits: 15
Introductory, General or Life Sciences Physics Credits: 15
Department-Approved Electives Credits: 9