Chemistry Major, ACS Certified, B.S.


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:

Course Title Credits
General Requirements
General Education26-39
ACS Required Chemistry Courses
CHEMSTRY 1140General Chemistry I4
CHEMSTRY 1240General Chemistry II4
CHEMSTRY 2150Quantitative Analysis4
CHEMSTRY 2730Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEMSTRY 3540Organic Chemistry I4
CHEMSTRY 3510Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEMSTRY 3630Organic Chemistry II3
CHEMSTRY 3610Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEMSTRY 3810Chemical Synthesis and Characterization1
CHEMSTRY 4130Physical Chemistry I4
CHEMSTRY 4110Physical Chemistry Lab I1
CHEMSTRY 4230Physical Chemistry II3
CHEMSTRY 4210Physical Chemistry Lab II1
CHEMSTRY 4240Instrumental Analysis4
CHEMSTRY 4630General Biochemistry3
CHEMSTRY 4320Polymer and Supramolecular Chemistry2
CHEMSTRY 4060Chemistry Seminar1
CHEMSTRY 4000Undergraduate Research1-3
or CHEMSTRY 4660 Cooperative Field Experience
Required Supporting Courses from Math and Physics
MATH 2640Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 2740Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
PHYSICS 1350Introductory Physics I5
or PHYSICS 2240 General Physics I
PHYSICS 1450Introductory Physics II5
or PHYSICS 2340 General Physics II
Total Credits90-105

Study of a world 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, B.S.

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:

Course Title Credits
Required Chemistry and Biology Courses
CHEMSTRY 4610General Biochemistry Lab1
CHEMSTRY 4830Biochemistry Topics3
CHEMSTRY 4910Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory1
CHEMSTRY 4320Polymer and Supramolecular Chemistry2
BIOLOGY 1650The Unity of Life5
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
BIOLOGY 3240Microbiology5
BIOLOGY 3330Genetics3
Total Credits24


Chemistry Major, Forensic Chemistry Emphasis, ACS Certified, B.S.

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

Course Title Credits
Required General Education Courses
CRIMLJUS 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice3
BIOLOGY 1650The Unity of Life5
MATH 1830Elementary Statistics3
Technical Course Work
FORENSIC 1320Survey of Forensic Sciences3
FORENSIC 2420Crime Scene Processing I3
CHEMSTRY 3270Forensic Chemistry2
FORENSIC 3140Criminalistics4
Total Credits23

The following are to be considered highly recommended electives: CRIMLJUS 2330, CRIMLJUS 4030 , and CRIMLJUS 4330