Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (ACS-Certified)

The BS in chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society. Any student completing this degree is recognized as a certified chemist by the ACS.

The degree program is primarily designed to prepare students for graduate study in chemistry or related field, or for a career as a professional chemist. It also provides one of the best foundations for students planning to attend medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary and other health-related programs.

Chemistry is the study of matter, and matter is anything you can see, touch, smell or taste. In fact, everything in our physical universe is made up of matter. That means chemistry is the study of everything.

Chemists are a vital part of a healthy economy and are active in careers like pharmaceutical design and development, alternative energy research, medicinal research, biochemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, forensics, environmental chemistry, polymer chemistry and many others.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Hours=120

  1. University Core Curriculum — 42 hrs.
  2. A minimum grade of "C" in all chemistry courses.
  3. Completion of 49 semester hours of chemistry. Twelve semester hours of upper-division chemistry must be completed at this university. Chemistry courses required listed below.
  4. Approved lower and upper-division electives selected with the student’s career goals in mind. Suggested electives include courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, statistics, education, speech, technical writing, technology, economics, psychology, sociology, and business administration.

Preparation for careers in specialized areas of chemistry and biochemistry is possible by careful selection of supporting areas of concentration. A partial list of specialized chemistry and biochemistry careers includes chemical marketing, chemical business, environmental chemistry, forensic science, pre-law (chemical patents), health professions (pre-medical and pre-dental), technical writing, biotechnology, and chemical technology. Students should confer with the academic advisor of the department in regard to such options and their career goals.

Chemistry Courses Required (49 hrs.)

Completion of 49 semester hours of chemistry. Twelve semester hours of upper-division chemistry must be completed at this university.

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I [TCCN: CHEM 1311]  
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1111]  
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II [TCCN: CHEM 1312]  
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1112]  
CHEM 3310 Analytical Chemistry  
CHEM 3111 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM 3320 Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 3121 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM 3342 Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 3143 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 3344 Organic Chemistry II  
CHEM 3145 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  
CHEM 3352 Physical Chemistry I  
CHEM 3153 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 3354 Physical Chemistry II  
CHEM 3155 Physical Chemistry II Laboratory  
CHEM 4312 Instrumental Analysis  
CHEM 4113 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory  
CHEM 4330 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 4334 Biochemistry I  
CHEM 4135 Biochemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 4240 Spectroscopy  
CHEM 4346 Advanced Organic Chemistry  
CHEM 4191 Seminar