The Bachelor’s Degree

In addition to the B.S. in Chemistry, two concentrations are available for chemistry students – premedical, and science of the environment. The pre-medical concentration is designed to prepare students for applying to medical school or other health professions. The science of the environment concentration is useful for students seeking a career in environmental technology or government agencies.


Students wishing to major in Chemistry should consult with an academic advisor upon admission to the University to make sure they are taking required courses in the proper sequence. In order to be a chemistry major, students need to complete a Change of Curriculum form on the Records and Registration website.  There is no separate admission to the major.

First-year students should contact the science advisor in the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. Students with more than 30 hours (transfer students and sophomores) should contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Professional.

All of the faculty in the Chemistry Department are available for advising. We suggest that you meet with your department advisor one time each semester to discuss courses, careers, and research opportunities. To set an appointment, contact the office manager at (217) 206-6589.

Refer to the Chemistry website at to view the department’s Sample Curriculum/ Program Guide.

Assessment of Learning within the Discipline

A chemist graduating from UIS will be characterized as being able to:

  • Integrate chemical knowledge

  • Perform appropriate laboratory skills

  • Communicate scientific information

  • Apply the scientific process(es)

  • Participate in the chemical profession

Students majoring in chemistry may be asked to participate in surveys of focus groups in order to assist the department in assessing the learning outcomes of the program. Other evidences of student learning (exam scores, research papers) will be used in an anonymous and confidential manner for Chemistry Department curriculum review and planning.

Grading Policy

Chemistry courses for which the student has attained a grade of C- or better will be applied toward the B.S. degree (grades of D+ or lower will not be accepted). Chemistry majors may repeat program courses for grade improvement only once.

General Education

All chemistry majors must fulfill the undergraduate general education requirements as described at the beginning of this catalog. Certain courses required for the UIS Chemistry Bachelor of Science degree also fulfill general education requirements, according to the table below. Consult with your academic advisor before registering to ensure that you take the correct courses in the correct sequence.

Life Science
BIO 141 General Biology I 4
Physical Science
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
Mathematical Skills
MAT 115 Calculus I 4
Applied Mathematics
MAT 116 Calculus II 4
ECCE Engagement Experience
CHE 400 ECCE: Undergraduate Research 3
or CHE 302 ECCE: Undergraduate Research

Degree Requirements

Introductory Courses
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 143 Recitation for General Chemistry I 0
CHE 144 Recitation for General Chemistry II 0
CHE 267 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 268 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHE 269 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 271 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Calculus (one year):
MAT 115
MAT 116
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Physics (one year):
ASP 201
ASP 202
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Total Hours 32

Transfer students with deficiencies in the introductory courses may enter the program conditionally but will be required to make up the deficiencies during their first year of study. This extra work may mean that some students will require more than four years to complete the B.S. degree. Transcripts submitted by transfer students must show that the following course requirement categories have been met:

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (one year)
  • Calculus (one year)
  • Physics, calculus based (one year)
Intermediate and Advanced Courses
CHE 301 General Seminar 3
or BIO 301 General Seminar
CHE 321 Chemical Analysis 4
CHE 400 ECCE: Undergraduate Research 3
or CHE 302 ECCE: Undergraduate Research
CHE 401 Physical Chemistry I – Thermodynamics 3
CHE 402 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHE 415 Biochemistry I 4
CHE 421 Instrumental Analysis 4
Chemistry Electives (300 or 400-level) 7
Total Hours 31