Chemistry Major


Students desiring the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry must take two years (four semester classes) of a foreign language. No foreign language is required for students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree; however, the study of German or Russian will be helpful to students seeking a career in research.

A total of 120 semester hours is required for the baccalaureate degree in Chemistry. Schedule electives to satisfy general education requirements.

Electives should be chosen to complete the requirement for a minor in another discipline. Students are encouraged to begin work on a minor by the start of the sophomore year. Schedule electives to complete the university studies requirements and to provide at least 120 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree.

One minor is required for B.A or B.S. degree.

Suggested Curriculum Sequence

First Semester (13 credit hours)

  • CHE 100 Transitions (1 credit hour)

  • CHE 201 General College Chemistry (5 credit hours)

  • ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry (4 credit hours)

  • COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credit hours)

Second Semester (13 credit hours)

  • CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (5 credit hours)

  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5 credit hours)

  • CIV 201/202 World Civilizations I or II (3 credit hours)

Third Semester (14 credit hours)

  • CHE 305 Analytical Chemistry (5 credit hours)

  • CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I (5 credit hours)

  • PHY 130/131 General Physics I (4 credit hours)

Fourth Semester (10 credit hours)

  • CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II (3 credit hours)

  • PHY 132/133 General Physics II (4 credit hours)

  • CSC 235 Programming in C++ (3 credit hours)
    EGR 140 or SCS 232 may be substituted.

Fifth Semester (7 credit hours)

  • HUM 211 Western Humanities Traditions: Continuity (3 credit hours)

  • CHE 352 Basic Chemical Instrumentation (4 credit hours)

Sixth Semester (5 credit hours)

  • CHE 403 Basic Physical Chemistry (5 credit hours)

Seventh Semester (6 credit hours)

  • CHE Elective (3 credit hours)

  • Choose one of the following courses:

    • CHE 488 Cooperative Educational Internship (3 credit hours)

    • CHE 495 Senior Research (3 credit hours)

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