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


CHEM 4346

Advanced Organic Chemistry

CHEM 4191