2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Chemistry

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is a foundational natural science degree that incorporates knowledge bases in chemistry, physics, mathematics and other related subjects, allowing students to develop the necessary theoretical and practical skills for a successful career in the private or public sectors as well as professional and graduate study. The program creates an educational environment that encourages independent and critical thinking; collegial exchange of ideas; effective reasoning; and communication skills and high ethical standards. The program aims to produce graduates who can:

  • Acquire factual and theoretical knowledge of chemistry.
  • Develop laboratory knowledge and skills while sustaining a commitment to safety.
  • Employ technology to obtain and utilize chemical information.
  • Communicate effectively.   

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


The B.S. in Chemistry degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).


Course Credits
General Education Courses 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 281  Calculus I
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
PHY 101  College Physics I
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 102  Composition II
  • Additional General Education Courses (two courses)
Required Major Courses 52
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
CHE104  Intro to Exp Chemistry 3
CHE 306  Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 320  Analytical/Instr. Method 3
CHE 331  Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 341  Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 415  Biochemistry I 4
CHE 461  Physical Chemistry I 3
CHE 462  Physical Chemistry II 3
CHE 371  Intermediate Lab I 1
CHE 372  Intermediate Lab II 1
CHE 471  Advanced Lab I 1
CHE 472  Advanced Lab II 1
CHE 491  Research I 2
CHE 492  Research II 2
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
PHY 202  College Physics II 4
Related Courses 6 or 7
Select two courses from the following:
  • CHE 381  Environ Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHE 420  Adv. Analytical Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHE 421  Adv. Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHE 433  Adv. Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHE 497  Special Topics (3 credits)
6 or 7
Free Electives* 20 or 21
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): CHE 472 Advanced Laboratory II AND CHE 492 Research II
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): CHE 101 General Chemistry I

* Your chemistry coursework 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.

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

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