Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry

Students earn these competencies by pursuing the following Bachelor of Science curriculum in Chemistry:

  • CHEM 1101, 1102 General Chemistry ( 8 semester hours)
  • CHEM 3201, 3202 Organic Chemistry ( 8 semester hours)
  • CHEM 2251 Analytical Chemistry (4 semester hours)
  • CHEM 3301, 3302 Physical Chemistry ( 8 semester hours)
  • CHEM 3371 Junior Seminar (1 semester hour)
  • CHEM 4471 Senior Seminar (2 semester hours)
  • CHEM 4451 Instrumental Analysis (4 semester hours)
  • CHEM elective (3000 or 4000 level) (3-4 semester hours)

Additionally, a research experience is required. This should be taken between the junior and senior years or during the first semester or January Term of the senior year. This may be accomplished on campus, in industry, or in a research university summer program. Students may elect to earn CHEM 4900 credit for this required activity.

Supporting required courses include the following:

  • MATH 2221, 2222 (8 semester hours)
  • PHYS 2121, 2122 (8 semester hours)
    Total: 56 semester hours + research experience

Students are urged to seek advisement from a faculty member in the chemistry program prior to or early in their first semester. The scheduling of the B.S. curriculum is important, as the Physical Chemistry sequence (CHEM 3301and 3302) alternates years with Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 2251) and Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 4451). To be prepared to take the Physical Chemistry sequence, students should take Calculus during the first year and Physics during the sophomore year. It is highly recommended that students take General Chemistry during their first year. The following would be typical sequences of courses for the B.S. Chemistry degree:

  Fall Spring
First year CHEM 1101 CHEM 1102
  MATH 2221 MATH 2222
     
Second Year CHEM 3201
CHEM 3202
  PHYS 2121
PHYS 2122
     
Junior- and senior-year sequence depends on which year Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry are being offered.
     
Third Year CHEM 3301 CHEM 3302
    CHEM 3371
     
Fourth Year CHEM 2251 CHEM 4451
    CHEM 4471
  CHEM elective or CHEM elective
     
OR:
Third Year CHEM 2251 CHEM 4451
    CHEM 3371
     
Fourth Year CHEM 3301 CHEM 3302
    CHEM 4471
  CHEM elective or CHEM elective

 

 


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Career Information:

Employment sectors with the greatest number of chemistry employees were: 

  1. Industry (including chemical and pharmaceutical companies)
  2. Academic institutions
  3. Government laboratories

Agriculture, manufacturing, real estate, educational services, retail trade and healthcare contributed another five million jobs to the U.S. economy through their dependence on chemistry products.