Sep 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, BS


The chemistry faculty seeks to provide a high quality educational experience for students majoring in chemistry in preparation for industrial or government positions, for graduate study, and for entry to medical or dental schools. The program is also designed for those planning to teach chemistry or physics at the 7-12 level, or who need chemical knowledge and skills relevant to future studies in the sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of chemical concepts
  • Analyze and interpret a variety of chemical data
  • Communicate chemical information effectively at the undergraduate level, in oral and written form, with appropriate use of technology

The student who wishes to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry may do so by following one of the four curriculum plans referred to as Concentrations. The options include general, environmental, biochemistry, and physical science education concentrations. Students who are pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, or pre-veterinary medicine may follow the biochemistry concentration. In addition, the biochemistry concentration offers an option which would allow students to pursue certification in clinical chemistry while obtaining their Bachelors in Chemistry.

A prospective 7-12 physical science (chemistry or physics) teacher could obtain a BS in Chemistry while following the physical science education concentration. Details on the requirements for the physical science education concentration and for obtaining a teaching certificate are in the College of Science and Engineering: Science, Mathematics and Technology Education section of this catalog.

The BS in Chemistry requires at least 120 semester hours with a university required minimum number of 45 upper-division hours. Students may have to take additional hours to meet university general education requirements such as First-Year Seminar courses. The major consists of at least 52 semester hours (24 upper-division), some of which may be designated courses outside of chemistry. Every candidate for the BS in Chemistry following the general, environmental, or biochemistry concentration must complete the

CHEM 4085 - Major Field Test in Chemistry

  during their senior year, prior to graduation. The details of the general, environmental, and biochemistry concentrations follow.

General Requirements


Sem. Hrs.

  1. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)
  2.  University Core Curriculum Programs  
  3. Special Foundations
  4. Chemistry Major
  5. Electives






* depends on area of concentration

I. First Year Seminars

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

II. Core Curriculum Program

Students majoring in chemistry should take General Chemistry I and II to fulfill the Life and Physical Sciences component of the University Core Curriculum and Calculus I to fulfill the mathematics requirement of the University Core Curriculum. Additionally, the student should take Calculus II to complete the reminder of the 6 hours of the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum.   [Note for 4 hours courses such as General Chemistry and Calculus that are taken as Foundational Component Area requirements, students may count the extra 1 credit hour of each course as part of the Component Area Option (to a maximum of three credit hours)]. See catalog section on University Core Curriculum Programs.

Total: 42

III. Special Foundations

A. General Concentration

Total: 21*†

B. Environmental Concentration

Total: 21*†

C. Biochemistry / Preprofessional Concentration

Total: 21*†


* Nine of the 12 hours from General Chemistry I & II and Calculus I should be used to fulfill the University Core Curriculum Life and Physical Sciences and the Math components of the University Core Curriculum requirements. The other three hours of the lab portion of those courses should be used to fulfill three hours of the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum requirements. 

† Calculus II should be used to fulfill the other 3 hours of the Component Area Option.  See catalog section on University Core Curriculum Programs.

IV. Chemistry Major

Total: 46

Total: 45

Total: 45

D. Physical Science Education Concentration

Information on the physical science education concentration and requirements for teaching certification can be found in the College of Science and Engineering: Science, Mathematics and Technology Education section of the catalog.

V. Electives

Courses may be selected from any area to accumulate a total of 120 semester hours with the required number of upper-division hours. In some cases these hours may be used to obtain a minor in another subject.