The ACS major is recognized by the American Chemical Society and designed to give graduates a more rigorous training in chemistry. ACS majors are required to take MATH 2840. The curriculum includes all courses required for a standard chemistry major, as well as:

General Requirements
Core Curriculum21-30
ACS Required Courses
CHEMSTRY 3810Chemical Synthesis and Characterization1
CHEMSTRY 4210Physical Chemistry Lab II1
CHEMSTRY 4230Physical Chemistry3
Select one of the following:2-3
Undergraduate Research
Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
CHEMSTRY 4830Biochemistry Topics3
Total Credits31-40

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. Biochemistry majors are required to take BIOLOGY 1650. The biochemistry emphasis includes all courses required for the standard chemistry major, as well as:

Required Courses
CHEMSTRY 4610General Biochemistry Lab1
CHEMSTRY 4830Biochemistry Topics3
CHEMSTRY 4910Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory1
BIOLOGY 3240Microbiology5
BIOLOGY 3330Genetics3
BIOLOGY 3620Immunology2
Biology Electives
Select one of the following:3-4
Cell Biology
Biotechnology
Molecular Biology
Total Credits15

Chemistry Major, Criminalistics Emphasis, ACS Track

The criminalistics ACS emphasis 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-approved 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 Preservation2
FORENSIC 3140Criminalistics5
CHEMSTRY 3270Forensic Chemistry2
CHEMSTRY 4680Criminalistics Emphasis Internship8
Total Credits24

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