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College of Arts and Sciences > Biology and Chemistry > Chemistry Undergraduate Degree Major and Minor

Chemistry Undergraduate Degree Major and Minor

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No minor is required for the BA or BS degree.  A minor in biology, chemistry, mathematics, combined science, or geology can be earned by thoughtful choices of electives. Students should consult with their adviser early in their academic career to establish a degree plan.


Major in Chemistry (ACS Approved BS)

Required courses: 44 credit hours
CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 215 Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
CHEM 216 Chemistry Lab 2 (2)
CHEM 317 Physical Chemistry Lab (3)
CHEM 321 Quantitative Analysis (4)
CHEM 322 Instrumental Analysis 2 (4)
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
CHEM 371 Physical Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 372 Physical Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 461 Inorganic Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 481 Biochemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 495 Senior Chemistry Applications (3)

Electives: 3 credit hours

BS chemistry majors must choose a minimum of three elective credits of upper-division courses (>300) with the approval of the chemistry curriculum adviser.

Additional requirements: 25 credits

MATH 211 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 252 Calculus 2 (4)
MATH 273 Calculus 3 (4)
MATH 320 Linear Algebra (3)
PHYS 291 Calculus Physics 1 (5)
PHYS 292 Calculus Physics 2 (5)

Major Total: 72 credit hours

Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core:  5 credit hours
Electives to 128: 5 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

* Additional credit hours may be required to meet the minimum 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and Math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128 credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper division units for the degree.

Chemistry students may choose mathematics, physics, or biology as an optional minor. The combined science minor is sometimes used as an alternative. (See Interdepartmental Programs.)

The student may also choose a non-ACS approved bachelor of science program. This program deletes Chemistry 419, Chemistry 461, Math 273, and Math 320 from the above list of required courses. If students choose this option, they must add nine more upper-division credits in consultation with a chemistry adviser.

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Major in Chemistry With a Concentration in Biochemistry (BA)

Required Courses: 31 credit hours

CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 215 General Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
CHEM 216 General Chemistry Lab 2 (2)
CHEM 321 Quantitative Analysis (4)
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
CHEM 371 Physical Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 481 Biochemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 482 Biochemistry 2 (3)

Electives: 6 credit hours

BA chemistry majors must choose a minimum of six elective credits of upper division courses (>300) with the approval of the chemistry curriculum adviser.

Additional Requirements: 12 credit hours

MATH 211 Calculus 1 (4)
BIO 212 General Biology (4)
BIO 300 Genetics (4)

Choose one set from the following (8-10 credit hours):

PHYS 151 Algebra Physics 1 (4) AND
PHYS 152Algebra Physics 2 (4)
OR
PHYS 291 Calculus Physics 1 (5) AND
PHYS 292 Calculus Physics 2 (5)

Major total: 57-59 credit hours
Proficiency Total:  11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor/Electives to 128: 18-20 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 - 130 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the minimum 128 credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and Math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128 credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper division units for the degree.

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Minor in Chemistry

Required courses: 18 credit hours
CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 215 Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
CHEM 216 Chemistry Lab 2 (2)
CHEM 321 Quantitative Analysis (4)
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)

Electives: 3-4 credit hours

Choose a minimum of one course from the following list:

CHEM 322 Instrumental Analysis 2 (4)
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
CHEM 371 Physical Chemistry 1 (3)

Minor Total: 21-22 credit hours

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