College of Arts & Sciences
Curriculum

In addition to meeting the standards and requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, a degree candidate must complete a minimum of 53 credits in chemistry and allied fields. In general, required courses will be taken in the order listed. However, each student’s program is designed in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser, who may modify the program in view of the student’s background and objectives.

There are three distinct undergraduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry, each leading to the B.S. degree. The first leads to a B.S. degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The second degree is a general chemistry major that allows the student more flexibility. Since fewer chemistry courses are required, the student in the second program also may concentrate on an additional field, such as biology, computer computer science or business administration, or may take a greater variety of liberal arts courses. Either program of study can lead to further study at the graduate level in a variety of chemistry intensive areas, including chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, dentistry and forensic science.

The third degree is a B.S. in biochemistry, which is designed to prepare students for graduate school in departments of biochemistry, medical school or for employment in the pharmaceutical or clinical industries. The course requirements include those for the general chemistry major, with advanced biology and biochemistry courses added to the program of study. Students who intend to enter graduate school may select from a variety of advanced electives in order to meet specific admission requirements.

View the College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum requirements »

Freshman Year Requirements

BIOL 1201-1202
 General Biology Organism/Cell I-II
 8
CHEM 1123-1124
and
CHEM 1125-1126
 General Chemistry I-II
 
 General Chemistry Laboratory I-II
 8 
 or    
 CHEM 1107-1108
 Principles of Chemistry I-II  9
 MATH 1401-1411*
 Calculus I and II
 8

Sophomore Year
 BIOL 2211
 Genetics (fall)  4
 BIOL 2221
 Cell Biology (spring)  3
 CHEM 2321-2322
 and 
 CHEM 2315-1316
 Organic Chemistry I-II
 
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I-II
 8
 or    
 CHEM 2313-2314
 Organic Chemistry I-II 10

Junior Year
 
 CHEM 2215
 Analytical Chemistry I  4
 CHEM 3512
 Elements of Biochemistry  4
 PHYS 1701-1702
 or
 PHYS 1705-1706
 General Physics I-II
 or
 Principles of Physics I-II
 6
 PHYS 1811-1812
or
 PHYS 1815-1816
 Physics Laboratory I-II
 or
 Physics Laboratory and Data Analysis I-II
2-3
 Science Electives Chosen from the electives described in the chemistry ACS and non-ACS programs described in the Undergraduate Catalogue  2

Senior Year
 CHEM 3411
Physical Chemistry I
 3
 Science
 Electives
 Chosen from the electives described in the Chemistry ACS and non-ACS programs described in the Undergraduate Catalogue
3-4

*Students lacking high school trigonometry or making unsatisfactory scores on the Mathematics Placement Test take MATH 1015 Pre- Calculus, Mathematics-Algebra and Trigonometry, and MATH 1401 Calculus I in the freshman year and MATH 1411 Calculus II in the following Summer Session.

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