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Academics: Chemistry

Earn a chemistry major with ACS certification

Admission to the program

The prerequisite to enter the chemistry program is a minimum average of "C" (2.0) in Chemistry 104 and in one course from Chemistry 201, 253, or 261.

Graduation requirements

This major meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society and best prepares students for graduate study in chemistry and related areas. This degree may be met by completing the following courses:

  • Chemistry 103 and 104 - General Chemistry I, II
  • Chemistry 201 - Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry 230 - Essential Inorganic Chemistry
  • One of the following two courses:
    • Chemistry 262 - Organic Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 253 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 295 (four semesters) - Chemistry Seminar
  • Chemistry 317 - Physical Chemistry I
  • One of the following two courses:
    • Chemistry 303 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry
    • Chemistry 323 - Biochemistry
  • Chemistry 383 - Biochemistry Lab
  • Chemistry 395/397 - Academic Year or Summer Research (4 semester hours, the last as honors)
  • Three of the following courses:
    • Chemistry 261 - Organic Chemistry 1
    • Chemistry 271 - Environmental Chemistry
    • Chemistry 318 - Physical Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 324 - Biochemistry II
    • Chemistry 325 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • Chemistry 329 - Instrumental Methods for Chemical and Biological Science
    • Chemistry 330 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • IDIS 310 - History of Physical Science (or an approved course in integrative studies)
  • Completion of Major Field Test in Chemistry

Cognates

  • Mathematics 171 and 172
  • Physics 133/235 or Physics 221/222

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