Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in chemistry, you must meet the below requirements to be eligible for graduation. Also, you must complete the general education program, fulfill the general baccalaureate degree requirements and complete at least 125 hours of course work.

The chemistry program can be non-comprehensive, which requires the completion of a minor or comprehensive where no minor is needed. Consult your advisor to determine which program is best for you.


Chemistry (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. Major Requirements
    1. CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3), 171(1), 302(5), 342(5), 343(5), 375(3), 398(1)*, 452(3), 492(0), 498(1)*, 502(4), 506(3), 507(3), 508(2), 575(3)
    2. Related science and mathematics requirements:
      1. MTH 287 and 288(6) or MTH 261** and 280(10) or MTH 261** and 288(8)
      2. PHY 123** and 124(8) or PHY 203** and 204(10)
      3. Recommended: CSC 111(3)
    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of CHM 398 and 498(2); and CHM 397 or 399 or 499(1)
    4. Complete requirements in one of the following options:
      1. Biochemistry: This program is designed for students preparing for a career in medicine or graduate study in biochemistry. Required courses: CHM 399(1-3)* or 499(1-3)*, 453(2), 552(3), 553(2); BIO 121(4)**, 235(4), 320(4). Suggested elective: BIO 310(5). Premedical students should also take courses in anatomy and physiology.
      2. Graduate School: This program is designed for students preparing for graduate study in chemistry. Required courses: CHM 376(2), 499(1-3)*, 509(2); Select one: CHM 514(3), 542(3), 552(3). Suggested electives: one year foreign language
      3. Industrial: This program is designed for students preparing for industrial positions upon completion of the BS degree, but who wish to be prepared for future entry into graduate school. Required courses: CHM 376(2), 509(2), 514 or 542(3), four hours selected from CHM 397(2)*, 399(1-3)*, 499(1-3)*

        *Will also count toward Public Affairs Capstone Experience requirement
        **Will also count toward General Education requirements
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Chemistry (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Program and Requirements

  2. Major Requirements

    1. CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3), 171(1), 302(5), 342(5), 343(5), 375(3), 398(1)*; CHM 505(4) or 506(3) and CHM 507(3) and 508(2); 492(0), 498(1)*, 502(4); and one hour from CHM 397* or 399*,**

    2. Chemistry electives from one of the following categories:

      1. For a basic chemistry program without a specific area of emphasis, at least eight hours from CHM 352(3), 376(2), 399*,** or 499(1-3)*, 460(3) or 461(3), 509(2)

      2. For students with a strong interest in environmental chemistry: CHM 460(3), 461(3), 462(2)

      3. For students with a strong interest in biochemistry or pre-medicine: CHM 452(3), 453(2), 552(3), 553(2)

      4. For a specific area of interest not included in categories a, b, or c: at least nine hours of chemistry courses numbered greater than 300 selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and approved by the department head.

    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of CHM 398 and 498(2); and CHM 397 or 399 or 499(1)
    4. Related science and mathematics requirements:

      1. MTH 261*** and 280(10) or MTH 261*** and 288(8) or MTH 287 and 288(6)

      2. PHY 123*** and 124(8) or PHY 203*** and 204(10)

        *Will also count toward the Public Affairs Capstone Experience requirement
        **If using CHM399 to fulfill B.1. and B.2.a.: Any hours of CHM399 used to fulfill B.2.a. are in addition to B.1.

        ***Will also count toward General Education requirements

  3. Minor Required (or second major)

  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements