College of Arts and Sciences

BS in Chemistry

Our Chemistry program is certified to meet the standards set by the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society in the world.

About the Major


The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program prepares you for a career in the chemical industry or for graduate study in specialized areas of chemistry. The curriculum includes a heavy concentration in science and mathematics.

About the Minor

We offer a minor in chemistry that can be paired with another major to help give you an edge when seeking employment. Knowledge of fundamental chemistry can enhance your career in business, education, or law.

Degree Requirements  

A total of 71-72 credits is required that includes core chemistry courses and electives, as well as physics, mathematics, and computer science courses.


Required Courses

You must complete a total of 49 credits in chemistry. Examples of required courses include:

College Chemistry
Quantitative Analysis  
Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II  
Physical Chemistry I and Physical Chemistry II

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Additional Requirements

You must complete an additional 6 credits of advanced chemistry courses, as well as 8 credits of physics, 11 to 12 credits of mathematics, and a computer science course such as:

  • Calculus-Based Physics I  
  • Algebra-Based Physics I  
  • Calculus I and Calculus II   
  • Differential Equations
  • Programming Foundations

For more information, and to see a complete list of additional degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in chemistry are:

8 credits of College Chemistry
15 additional credits in chemistry (at level 2 or above)

For more information, and to see a complete list of minor requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry students will:

  • Demonstrate a firm foundation in the fundamentals and application of current chemical theories including those in analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistries.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to transmit complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative and analytical reasoning skills. 
  • Carry out chemical experiments properly, troubleshoot experiments, appropriately record and interpret the results, and recognize what constitutes “reasonable” data.
  • Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments. Follow proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.
  • Function successfully as a part of a team, exhibit good citizenship in group interactions, and be an active contributor to group projects.

Yavana Ganesh

Chemistry, Politics & Government, '20

While enrolled in an Honors course, Yavana saw a presentation from a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientist on the topic of chemical and biological weapons and immediately knew that was what she wanted to do. Yavana will be putting her education to work for the greater good as a research associate for PNNL in the Chemical and Biological Weapons group, a part of the National Security Department. Read more

When I first declared my dual degrees in chemistry and politics and government, along with an environmental studies minor, I was really unsure of what my future career would be. However, with the help of our amazingly supportive faculty members, I was able to find a path that would integrate my dual interests.

The ability to work one on one with amazing faculty that genuinely care about me starting my first year has been fundamental to my development as a chemist. By engaging with them on a regular basis, I know I am prepared for my future in graduate school.

Kyle Vaccaro, Chemistry ‘19

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