Chemistry B.S. (ACS-Certified)


The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers students an opportunity to acquire a solid fundamental understanding of chemical principles, to acquire basic laboratory skills, to develop skills in oral and written communication and the use of the chemical literature, to gain an appreciation of chemistry, to develop critical thinking and logical reasoning, to use the scientific method, and to develop an ability to learn and work independently that will prepare them for advanced studies and successful careers in industry, medicine, dentistry, forensics, government, and education.

The chemistry and biochemistry curricula are designed to accomplish the above objectives through contact with specific chemistry content, exposure to laboratory experiences, and encouragement of the creative process and independent research. The degree program is flexible so that an individual can best prepare for his or her specific career. Students are encouraged to choose supporting work and electives which reinforce their knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry. Students who receive a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry or the Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis, and complete the curriculum approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) graduate as ACS-certified chemists. 

Chemistry High School Preparation

Students desiring to major in chemistry are expected to have a strong high school background in science and mathematics as well as good writing skills. Calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics are disciplines that the student should have studied in high school. Students who have not had these studies in high school may have additional prerequisite courses as part of their curriculum. Contact the chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry for information and advisement.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Hours=120

  1. University Core Curriculum — 42 hrs.
  2. A minimum grade of "C" in all chemistry courses.
  3. Completion of 49 semester hours of chemistry. Twelve semester hours of upper-division chemistry must be completed at this university. Chemistry courses required listed below.
  4. Approved lower and upper-division electives selected with the student’s career goals in mind. Suggested electives include courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, statistics, education, speech, technical writing, technology, economics, psychology, sociology, and business administration.

Preparation for careers in specialized areas of chemistry and biochemistry is possible by careful selection of supporting areas of concentration. A partial list of specialized chemistry and biochemistry careers includes chemical marketing, chemical business, environmental chemistry, forensic science, pre-law (chemical patents), health professions (pre-medical and pre-dental), technical writing, biotechnology, and chemical technology. Students should confer with the academic advisor of the department in regard to such options and their career goals.

Chemistry Courses Required (49 hrs.)

Completion of 49 semester hours of chemistry. Twelve semester hours of upper-division chemistry must be completed at this university.

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I [TCCN: CHEM 1311]

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1111]

CHEM 1312General Chemistry II [TCCN: CHEM 1312]

CHEM 1112General Chemistry II Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1112]

CHEM 3310Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 3111Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

CHEM 3320Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 3121Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

CHEM 3342Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 3143Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 3344Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 3145Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

CHEM 3352Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 3153Physical Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 3354Physical Chemistry II

CHEM 3155Physical Chemistry II Laboratory

CHEM 4312Instrumental Analysis

CHEM 4113Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

CHEM 4330Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 4334Biochemistry I

CHEM 4135Biochemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 4240Spectroscopy

CHEM 4346Advanced Organic Chemistry

CHEM 4191Seminar