Chemistry Major, Standard, BS

The chemistry major is designed to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are necessary to secure meaningful employment in a private-sector or government laboratory, or teach at the secondary-school level, or gain admission to a graduate or professional program. The standard chemistry major requires:

Course Title Credits
General Requirements
General Education26-39
Required Chemistry Courses
CHEMSTRY 1140General Chemistry I4
CHEMSTRY 1240General Chemistry II4
CHEMSTRY 2150Quantitative Analysis4
CHEMSTRY 2730Inorganic Chemistry 14
CHEMSTRY 3540Organic Chemistry I4
CHEMSTRY 3510Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEMSTRY 3630Organic Chemistry II3
CHEMSTRY 3610Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEMSTRY 4130Physical Chemistry3
CHEMSTRY 4110Physical Chemistry Lab I1
CHEMSTRY 4240Instrumental Analysis4
CHEMSTRY 4630General Biochemistry3
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 Credits82-97

Students interested in securing secondary-education certification should add GEOGRPHY 3330 to the standard chemistry requirements.

Students who expect to enter a graduate program in chemistry are recommended to choose one of the ACS certified majors.

Chemistry Major, Criminalistics Emphasis, DNA Track

The criminalistics emphases DNA track will provide a chemistry major with sufficient background and training to qualify for criminalistic laboratory work. Criminalistics students electing the DNA track complete the standard chemistry major, except CHEMSTRY 2730, 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 1320Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation3
FORENSIC 2420Evidence Collection and Preservation3
FORENSIC 3140Criminalistics4
CHEMSTRY 3270Forensic Chemistry2
CHEMSTRY 4680Criminalistics Emphasis Internship8
Required Chemistry and Biology Courses
CHEMSTRY 4610General Biochemistry Lab1
CHEMSTRY 4830Biochemistry Topics3
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
BIOLOGY 3330Genetics3
BIOLOGY 4040Molecular Biology5
Total Credits47

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