Feb 21, 2024  

Chemistry, BS

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Major in Chemistry (120 hours)

Course Requirements for the Chemistry Major

The courses specified for this degree are approved by the American Chemical Society for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. This degree will provide students with the knowledge needed to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or related fields.

The program is divided into three principal areas. The first area contains a group of courses in the liberal arts that provide the student with a broad-based general education. The second area contains courses that provide a strong foundation in basic science, including courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. The third area emphasizes the advanced methods, theories, and applications that are important to the world of chemistry. Some of the courses included in this area are organic chemistry, physical chemistry, quantitative analysis, and biochemistry. Students are required to participate in research during the junior or senior year. All general requirements for graduation in the Department of Natural Sciences apply to this degree.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Common Core Requirements

See the Common Core Requirements  section of the catalog for Undergraduate Academic Programs.

Integrated Requirements in Communication and Ethics

Students pursuing degrees in the Natural Sciences must complete two courses in written communication and one course in ethics. Generally these required courses are integrated into each degree. A list of these required courses is found here .

Major Requirements

Chemistry Major - Areas of Emphasis

Students majoring in Chemistry may choose to emphasize their curriculum in four specific areas: biochemistry, environmental chemistry, industrial chemistry and forensic science.

Free Electives

Electives must be taken to complete the minimum 120 hours required for the degree. Students are encouraged to use an appropriate field experience or undergraduate research course to satisfy part of this requirement.

Total: (120 hours)

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