Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – CurriculumBachelor of Science in Chemistry – Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Curriculum

A preparatory course emphasizing the mathematical and reasoning skills needed to be successful in general chemistry is required of all chemistry majors. 120 credits are required for the degree, including a minimum of 48 credits at or above the 300 level. Additionally, 10 credits of related electives and 12 credits of general education must be taken at or above the 300 level.

Learn more about Cal U's chemistry courses from our Course Catalog.

We also offer a nanofabrication manufacturing technology concentration as well as chemistry minor .

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

First Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 101 General Chemistry I

4 crs.

Free Elective (mathematics Course if needed to prepare for Calculus I)

ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

3 crs.

UNI 100 First-Year Seminar

1 cr.

General Education Courses

6 crs.

Second Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 102 General Chemistry II

CHE 331 Organic Chemistry I

4 crs.

4 crs.

MAT 281 Calculus I

3 crs.
ENG 102 English Composition II3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Third Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 104 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry

CHE 306 Inorganic Chemistry


3 crs.


3 crs.

CHE 341 Organic II

MAT 282 Calculus II

General Education Courses

3 crs.

3 crs.

6 crs.

Fourth Semester – 14 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 320 Analytical/Instrumental Methods

3 crs.

CHE 371 Intermediate Laboratory I

1 cr.

PHY 101 College Physics I

4 crs.

MAT 381 Calculus III

General Education Course

3 crs.

3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 372 Intermediate Lab II

1 cr.

CHE 415 Biochemistry

4 crs.

PHY 202 College Physics II

4 crs.

Free Elective

General Education Courses

3 crs.

6 crs.

Sixth Semester – 13 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 461 Physical Chemistry I

3 crs.

CHE 471 Advanced Lab I

1 cr.

Free Elective

3 crs.

General EducationCourses

6 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15/16 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 462 Physical Chemistry II

3 crs.

CHE 472 Advanced Lab II

1 cr.

CHE 491 Research I

2 crs.

Chemistry Required Related Course

Free Electives

3 or 4 crs.

6 crs.

Eighth Semester – 14/15 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 492 Research II

2 crs.

Chemistry Required Related Course

3 or 4 crs.

Free Electives

General Education Course

6 crs.

3 crs.

Program Notes: 42 total credits must be 300 level and above.  At least one elective course (3 credits) must be above 300 level and above.

Free Electives (20 or 21 credits): Your chemistry course work is strengthened by taking additional courses in science and technology.  Students are encouraged to enroll in additional courses in biology (BIO), chemistry (CHE), computer science (CSC), earth science (EAS), electrical engineering technology (EET), environmental science (ENS), industrial technology (ITE), mathematics (MAT), or physics (PHY).  Students should work with their adviser to explore possible options for a minor.