Chemistry Degree Requirements

The major program in chemistry requires 39 credits in chemistry courses including 19 credits of upper-level courses. The required courses are Chemistry 111, 112, 211, 212, 253, 254, 383, 384, 387, 388, 423, and 453. It is recommended that students complete one or more additional upper-level chemistry course electives.

Chemistry 111 and 112 are the entering courses for the major program and are the minimum prerequisites for all upper-level chemistry courses. Mathematics 122 and Physics 105 and 106 are prerequisites to Chemistry 383 and 384 and should be taken before the junior year.

All students entering General Chemistry are required to complete a placement exam.  Based on the performance on the exam, a recommendation will be made to either start the introductory chemistry sequence at CHEM 101, Foundations of Chemistry or  CHEM 111, General Chemistry I.

NOTE – Chemistry 252 is no longer a requirement or an offered course in the department. It has been substituted with Chemistry 253 and 254.

In addition, students can complete additional course work to receive an ACS-certified degree. Students pursuing an ACS degree should complete: Chemistry 111, 112, 211, 212, 253, 254, 317, 319,343, 345, 383, 384, 387, 388, 423, 453, and enough laboratory hours to complete the ACS requirement – could be fulfilled with CHEM 320 or CHEM 491).

Students majoring in other sciences may want to consider a  minor in chemistry. The minor requirements include: CHEM 211/CHEM 212 or CHEM 253/CHEM 254, and 3) three courses (7 – 9 credits) from CHEM 317, 318, 319, 331, 332, 343, 345, 383, 384, and 387.  Note – no more than one of these three courses may be a laboratory course.