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
  • Biochemistry

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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

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Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in chemistry are:

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

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Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry students will:

  • Learn fundamentals of chemistry and build to more complex concepts.
  • Learn the language of chemistry: compounds, structures, naming, and chemical reactions.
  • Understand the context of the answer to a problem and apply the answer to their model of how the physical world operates. Be able to assess this model of the physical world.
  • Use reason and logic in the solving of chemical problems.
  • Be able to understand and perform fundamental laboratory procedures and build to more complex procedures.
  • Interpret instructions and collect, evaluate, and interpret data in the chemistry laboratory.
  • Gain an understanding of the main areas of chemistry: organic, analytical, physical, and inorganic.
  • Be able to process and translate written information in order to solve a problem or perform a laboratory procedure.
  • Be able to express and convey information in both oral and written formats.

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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