The ACS major is recognized by the American Chemical Society and designed to give graduates a more rigorous training in chemistry. The ACS major is recommended for those whose career goals include employment as a professional chemist or graduate school in chemistry. The ACS major requires:

General Requirements
Core Curriculum26-39
ACS Required Chemistry Courses
CHEMSTRY 1140General Chemistry I4
CHEMSTRY 1240General Chemistry II4
CHEMSTRY 2150Quantitative Analysis4
CHEMSTRY 2730Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEMSTRY 3540Organic Chemistry Lecture4
CHEMSTRY 3510Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEMSTRY 3630Organic Chemistry Lecture3
CHEMSTRY 3610Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEMSTRY 3810Chemical Synthesis and Characterization1
CHEMSTRY 4130Physical Chemistry3
CHEMSTRY 4110Physical Chemistry Lab I1
CHEMSTRY 4230Physical Chemistry3
CHEMSTRY 4210Physical Chemistry Lab II1
CHEMSTRY 4240Instrumental Analysis4
CHEMSTRY 4630General Biochemistry3
CHEMSTRY 4060Chemistry Seminar1
CHEMSTRY 4730Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry2
or CHEMSTRY 4830 Biochemistry Topics
or CHEMSTRY 4810 Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
CHEMSTRY 4000Undergraduate Research1-3
or CHEMSTRY 4660 Cooperative Field Experience
CHEMSTRY 4680Criminalistics Emphasis Internship8
Required Supporting Courses from Math and Physics
MATH 2640Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 2740Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 2840Calculus and Analytic Geometry III4
PHYSICS 1350Introductory Physics I5
or PHYSICS 2240 General Physics I
PHYSICS 1450Introductory Physics II5
or PHYSICS 2340 General Physics II
Total Credits101-116

Study of a foreign language is recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate studies. In addition, substitution of calculus-based PHYSICS 2240/PHYSICS 2340 in place of algebra-based PHYSICS 1350/PHYSICS 1450 is strongly encouraged for ACS chemistry majors.

Chemistry Major, Biochemistry Emphasis, ACS certified

The biochemistry emphasis is designed to provide the appropriate chemistry and biology background for students who plan to enter fields such as health care, agriculture, or biotechnology. The biochemistry emphasis includes all courses required for the standard chemistry major, as well as:

Required Chemistry and Biology Courses
CHEMSTRY 4610General Biochemistry Lab1
CHEMSTRY 4830Biochemistry Topics3
CHEMSTRY 4910Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory1
BIOLOGY 1650The Unity of Life5
BIOLOGY 3240Microbiology5
BIOLOGY 3330Genetics3
BIOLOGY 3620Immunology2
Select one of the following:3-5
Cell Biology
Biotechnology
Molecular Biology
Total Credits23-25

Chemistry Major, Criminalistics Emphasis, ACS Track

The criminalistics emphasis ACS track will provide a chemistry major with sufficient background and training to qualify for criminalistic laboratory work. Criminalistics students electing the ACS track must complete all requirements for the ACS certified chemistry major, plus:

Required General Education Courses
CRIMLJUS 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice3
BIOLOGY 1650The Unity of Life5
MATH 1830Elementary Statistics3
Technical Course Work
FORENSIC 1320Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation3
FORENSIC 2420Evidence Collection and Preservation3
CHEMSTRY 3270Forensic Chemistry2
FORENSIC 2800Criminalistics4
CHEMSTRY 4680Criminalistics Emphasis Internship8
Total Credits31

The following are to be considered highly recommended electives: CRIMLJUS 3730, CRIMLJUS 4030, and CRIMLJUS 4330.