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.
A total of 71-72 credits is required that includes core chemistry courses and electives, as well as physics, mathematics, and computer science courses.
You must complete a total of 49 credits in chemistry. Examples of required courses include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chemistry, Politics & Government, '20
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.
Kyle Vaccaro, Chemistry ‘19
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.