Jun 15, 2019
All requirements for chemistry majors are outlined below. All majors must take the same Required Core Courses and must complete coursework in one of four concentrations.
Required Major Core Courses (35 credits)
* CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 have been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Natural Sciences.
Related Requirements (6 credits)
*MATH 151 :MATH 152 have been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Mathematical Sciences.
B.S. (Non Teaching) Requirements (8 credits)
Bachelor of Science degree without a professional licensure in secondary education requires the following:
Professional Chemist Concentration
This concentration is a rigorous four-year program that provides a strong background in chemistry for those students who plan to become professional chemists. It provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in chemistry or related fields and will prepare students for careers in industrial, academic or governmental settings.
Other Required Courses (20-22 credits)
Pre-Health Professional Concentration
This concentration is a rigorous four year program recommended for students planning a career in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. The first three years are designed to optimally prepare students for the preentrance aptitude examination (PCAT, MCAT, DAT or GRE).
Other Required Courses (21-22 credits)
This concentration is a rigorous four-year program recommended for students interested in a career in biochemistry. It provides a comprehensive foundation for graduate study in biochemistry, pharmacology, or related fields and prepares students for careers in industrial, governmental, or academic settings.
4 semester hours to be chosen from among:
This concentration is a rigorous four year program recommended for students planning a career in forensic science. It provides a comprehensive foundation for graduate study in forensic chemistry, forensic science, or analytical chemistry and prepares students for careers in industrial, governmental, or academic settings.
Other Required Courses (22 credits)
Total Credits Needed for Degree 120
(Includes Core Curriculum requirements, required courses and electives. Students should consult with their academic advisors in selecting elective courses to complete the 120 semester hours required for graduation.)
To graduate with a major in chemistry, a student must attain an overall major grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Different courses are considered in the calculation of the major grade point average depending on the student’s concentration. All courses required for a given concentration count towards the major grade point average. In cases where additional (beyond those required) electives listed for a given concentration are taken, all count towards the major grade point average calculation.
Students preparing to teach chemistry in the secondary schools are required to take courses in professional education in addition to Core Curriculum courses and courses required by the chemistry major. A complete listing of the courses required for chemistry teachers and suggested semester schedules are available from all faculty advisors in the department.
Students obtaining initial licensure in a science area other than chemistry can obtain licensure to teach chemistry by taking 22 semester hours in chemistry, to include courses in general (inorganic) chemistry, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry. Licensure in chemistry also requires courses in biology, physics, and mathematics, including one semester of calculus.
Environmental Science Option
The Department of Chemistry suggests the following Environmental Science Option for its majors who intend to seek employment in the rapidly growing environment field.
Two of the following courses:
One of the following Biology courses:
And the following Geology courses:
The following course is recommended:
Note: Most courses listed above are upper-level ones and have prerequisites. Students must consult with their academic advisors to carefully plan their schedules.
Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sales
Chemistry majors who wish to pursue a career in technical sales are advised to take a 15 semester-hour minor in marketing. In order to be competitive for a position in international sales, a second minor in a foreign language is highly recommended. With careful planning, chemistry majors can obtain both of these minors within a 120-hour bachelor’s degree program.