Programs in the Department of Chemistry may lead to either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, the American Chemical Society (ACS) certifies two more rigorous Bachelor of Science options.
The B.A. degree is appropriate for students who are interested in chemistry but do not wish to pursue a career as a laboratory scientist. The B.S. degrees prepare students to pursue graduate study in Chemistry or to find employment in technologically oriented industries.
Prospective majors with a good high school chemistry background should take CHEM 1137Q and 1138Q in their first year. Other prospective majors should take 1127Q–1128Q or 1124Q–1125Q–1126Q or 1147Q–1148Q (Honors).
Chemistry majors must complete the following mathematics and physics sequences:
- MATH 1131Q and 1132Q (or 1125Q, 1126Q and 1132Q), MATH 2110Q (or 2130Q), and MATH 2410Q (or 2420Q)
- PHYS 1201Q–1202Q, and 1230 (or 1401Q–1402Q or 1501Q–1502Q or 1601Q–1602Q).
Failure to complete these sequences by the end of the fourth semester may delay completion of the degree.
Requirements for the B.A. and B.S. degrees are as follows:
Bachelor of Science
At least 35 credits of Chemistry courses numbered 2000 and above must be successfully completed for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in addition to the College B.S. requirements.
Chemistry option (ACS certified)
American Chemical Society certification requires an additional course in biochemistry (MCB 3010, or MCB 2000), and one advanced chemistry course chosen from CHEM 3189, 3442W, 3661, 4196W, 4370, 4371, 4551, or a CHEM 5000 level course.
Environmental Chemistry option (ACS certified)
Bachelor of Arts
At least 28 credits of Chemistry courses numbered 2000 or above must be successfully completed for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in addition to the College Bachelor of Science requirements. The requirements include those listed above for the B.S. degree Chemistry option with the exception of CHEM 3215 and 3334.
The grade point average in all of the required chemistry courses must be at least 2.300 for the ACS certified degree.
Information Literacy Competency
Writing in Major Requirement
A minor in Chemistry is described in the Minors section.