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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemistry requires 120 semester hours of coursework.

After completing required general education and program requirements, chemistry majors will have approximately 20 semester hours of general electives that may be taken in any academic program.

Some students elect to use these general elective hours to complete a minor in another field of interest.

Students wishing to major in chemistry should consult with an academic advisor upon admission to the university to make sure they are taking their required courses in the proper sequence. The course flowchart may be helpful for understanding prerequisites in chemistry.

Four BS Chemistry Options:

Chemistry(Standard)
Chemistry with a Pre-Med concentration
Chemistry with a biochemistry concentration
Chemistry with a science of the environment concentration

ACS Certification

Certification by the American Chemical Society is automatic for all students opting for the standard concentration.  It is optional for all other degrees. Students who choose to be certified must take CHE 422 Inorganic Chemistry as a program elective as well as additional courses depending on concentration.


Chemistry (Standard)

The standard concentration consists of the following requirements:

CHE Prerequisites (32 Hrs.)

  • CHE 141 Principles of Chemistry 4 Hrs.
  • CHE 142 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry 4 Hrs.
  • CHE 267&268 Organic Chemistry I 4 Hrs.
  • CHE 269&271 Organic Chemistry II 4 Hrs.
  • MAT 115 Calc. I 4 Hrs.
  • MAT 116 Calc. II 4 Hrs.
  • ASP 201 University Physics I 4 Hrs.
  • ASP 202 University Physics II 4 Hrs.

CHE Core Requirements (32 Hrs.)

  • CHE 301 General Seminar 3 Hrs.
  • CHE 321 Chemical Analysis 3 Hrs.
  • CHE 322 Laboratory Techniques 1 Hr.
  • CHE 400 Undergraduate Research (ECCE Engagement) 3 Hrs.
  • CHE 401 Physical Chemistry I — Thermodynamics 3 Hrs.
  • CHE 402 Physical Chemistry II with Lab 4 Hrs.
  • CHE 415 Biochemistry I with Lab 4 Hrs.
  • CHE 421 Instrumental Analysis 4 Hrs.
  • CHE 422 Inorganic Chemistry with Lab 4 Hrs.
  • Chemistry Elective 3 Hrs.

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Pre-Med Concentration

The Pre-Med concentration has been approved and will be available starting in the 2013-14 catalog. The Pre-Med concentration consists of 15 credit hours. This concentration would be beneficial to students considering a future in any branch of health-care:

  • BIO 241 Biology of Organisms in the Environment (4)
  • CHE 416 Biochemistry II (4)

4 or more credit hours of biology courses from :

  • BIO 311 Cell Biology
  • BIO 345 & 346 General Microbiology with Laboratory (both count as one advanced course)
  • BIO 381 Genetics

3 or more credit hours of Clinical Lab Science courses from:

  • CLS 401 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry (2)
  • CLS 402 Introduction to Hematology (2)
  • CLS 403 Introduction to Immunohematology (2)
  • CLS 411 ECCE: Health Care Management (3)
  • CLS 448 Introduction to Immunology (4)

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Biochemistry Concentration

The biochemistry concentration may be attractive to students seeking to attend medical school or to find careers in forensic science or biotechnology. Students who choose this option must take nine credit hours of courses for their electives:

  • CHE 416 Biochemistry II

One advanced biology course from

  • BIO 311 Cell Biology,
  • BIO 345 & 346 General Microbiology with Laboratory (both count as one advanced course), or
  • BIO 381 Genetics

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The Science of the Environment Concentration (14-16 Hours)

Students who choose the Science of the Environment concentration must take 14-16 credit hours of courses for their electives:

Life Science Selection (4 hours)

Select one 4-hour course from the following options (BIO 345 and 346 must be taken
concurrently).

  • BIO 345 General Microbiology (3 Hrs.) and
  • BIO 346 General Microbiology Lab (1 Hr.) 4 Hrs.
  • BIO 371 Principles of Ecology 4 Hrs.
  • BIO 444 Aquatic Ecology 4 Hrs.
  • BIO 445 Biology of Water Pollution 4 Hrs.
  • BIO 446 Restoration Ecology 4 Hrs.
  • BIO 447 Global Change Ecology 4 Hrs.
  • BIO 462 Conservation Biology 4 Hrs.

Physical Science Selection (4 hours)

Select one 4-hour course from the following options.

  • CHE 431 Environmental Chemistry 4 Hrs.
  • ENS 463 Our Changing Climate 4 Hrs. *
  • ENS 468 Environmental Geology 4 Hrs.

*Students must take the 4-hour option of ENS 463 to meet concentration credit hour requirements.

Techniques Courses (7-8 hours)

Select two courses from the following options.

  • BIO 402 Biometrics 4 Hrs.
  • BIO 410 Modeling Biological Systems 4 Hrs.
  • CHE 418 Biomolecular Laboratory Methods 3 Hrs.
  • ENS 404 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 4 Hrs.
  • ENS 405 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing 4 Hrs.

Research Course (4 hours)

  • CHE 400 Undergraduate Research 4 Hrs. **

**This course should be completed in a collaborative research project that is ongoing between biology and chemistry faculty. Students should consult with their advisor about on-going projects.

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