Chemistry & Biochemistry - Requirements

The bachelor of science degree in chemistry or biochemistry, with or without ACS certification, can be achieved by following the appropriate course sequence outlined below. The first sequence describes the basic BS degree in chemistry. The second sequence is the preferred track for students seeking employment in the chemical industry or pursuing the Ph.D. in chemistry and includes ACS certification. The third sequence is the BS in biochemistry. This sequence is recommended for students interested in the pharmaceutical industry, medical or dental school, and the pursuit of the Ph.D. in biochemistry or related fields. This biochemistry sequence can also be ACS certified with the additional course work described. The ACS certified sequences feature more in-depth laboratory work and/or a greater emphasis on research.


B.S. with a Major in Chemistry

  Credits
First Year Fall Spring
CH 11-12 General Inorganic Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 11L-12L General Inorganic Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
MA 121-122 Applied Calculus I and II 3 3
        or MA 171-172 Differential and Integral Calculus 4 4
PS 15-16 General Physics I and II 3 3
PS 15L-16L General Physics I and II Lab 1 1
Core Courses 6 6
Sophomore Year    
CH 211-211 Organic Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 211L-212L Organic Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
CH 222 Chemical Analysis   3
CH 222L Chemical Analysis Lab   1
MA 225 Applied Calculus III 3  
Core courses and electives 9 9
Junior Year    
CH 261-262 Physical Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 261L-262L Physical Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
MA 321 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
CH 326 Chemical Instrumentation   3
CH 326L Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Lab   3
Core courses and electives 6 9
Senior Year    
CH 341 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3  
CH/BI 324 Biochemistry I   3
CH/BI 324L Biochemistry Lab   1
Core courses and electives 12 12


B.S. with a Major in Chemistry - ACS Certified

  Credits
First Year Fall Spring
CH 11-12 General Inorganic Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 11L-12L General Inorganic Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
MA 121-122 Applied Calculus I and II 3 3
OR MA 171-172 Calculus I and II 4 4
PS 15-16 General Physics I and II 3 3
PS 15L-16L General Physics I and II Lab 1 1
Core Courses 6 6
Sophomore Year    
CH 211-211 Organic Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 211L-212L Organic Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
CH 222 Chemical Analysis   3
CH 222L Chemical Analysis Lab   1
MA 225 Applied Calculus III 3  
Core courses and electives 9 9
Junior Year    
CH 261-262 Physical Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 261L-262L Physical Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
MA 321 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
CH 326 Chemical Instrumentation*   3
CH 326L Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Lab*   3
Core courses and electives 6 9
Senior Year    
CH 341 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry* 3  
CH 341L Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab*
2
 
CH 324 Biochemistry I*   3
CH 324L Biochemistry I Lab*   1
CH 398 Research and Seminar
3 or
3
Core courses and electives 9 9

* May be taken either Junior or Senior Year

  • Students intending to enter primary or secondary school teaching should consult annually with the chairs of the departments of Chemistry and Education to facilitate scheduling of these curricula.
  • Students intending to enter medical or dental school should consult with the chair of the Chemistry Department for appropriate modifications of this curriculum, which will include taking BI 170-171 in freshman year in place of PS 15-16, which is then taken in sophomore year.
  • Students may elect to take CH 324 Biochemistry or CH 341 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry in the junior year.
  • Note that CH 398 Research and Seminar is a research elective to be coordinated with individual faculty members. It may be taken for one, two, or three credits. Students may elect to take CH 398 either in the fall or spring. They may also take it both semesters.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in summer research experiences on or off campus. At the discretion of the Chemistry Department, involvement in summer research such as a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate Programs may be counted toward the research requirement for American Chemical Society certification. Each case will be evaluated individually by the department.
  • All research for credit will be consistent with the American Chemical Society/Committee for Professional Training guideline.


B.S. with a Major in Biochemistry (ACS Certified Degree Available*)

  Credits
First Year Fall Spring
CH 11-12 General Inorganic Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 11L-12L General Inorganic Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
BI 170-171 General Biology
4
4
MA 121-122 Applied Calculus 3 3
     or MA 171-172 Differential and Integral Calculus 4 4
Core Courses 6 6
Sophomore Year    
CH 211-211 Organic Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 211L-212L Organic Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
BI 172 General Biology III + Lab 4  
CH 222 Chemical Analysis   3
CH 222L Chemical Analysis Lab   1
PS 15-16 General Physics I and II
3
3
PS 15L-16L General Physics I and II Lab
1
1
MA 225 Applied Calculus III or MA 217 Accelerated Stats 3  
Core courses and electives 3 6
Junior Year    
CH 261-262 Physical Chemistry I and II 3 3
CH 261L-262L Physical Chemistry I and II Lab 1 1
CH/BI 324 Biochemistry I 3  
CH/BI 324L Biochemistry I Lab* 1  
Biology Elective   3(4)
Core courses and electives 6 9
Senior Year    
CH/BI 325 Biochemistry II
3
 
CH/BI 325L Biochemistry Lab* 1  
Chemistry Elective   3(5)
Core courses and electives 6/9 6/9
*Biochemistry Lab is taken only once, consecutively with CH/BI 324 or CH/BI 325    

Chemistry Electives (One of the following, taken during Junior and Senior Year. Note: A student pursuing a Biochemistry Major who takes both chemistry electives is eligible for ACS* certification.*)

CH 326 Chemical Instrumentation Lecture 3  
CH 326L Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Lab OR 3  
CH 341 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3  
CH 341L Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab (highly recommended)  2  

Biology Electives (One of the following)

BI 261
BI 327
BI 342
BI 352
BI 354
BI 356
BI 357
BI 358
BI 375
Genetics lecture and lab
Cell Biology lecture and lab
Developmental Biology lecture and lab
Fundamentals of Microbiology lecture and lab   
Molecular Biology lecture
Immunology lecture
General Virology lecture
Recombinant DNA Technology lab
Biochemical Ecology lecture and lab




3




   or 4

Optional

CH 398 Research and Seminar 3 3

The biochemistry sequence places a greater emphasis on biochemistry and the life sciences. Students pursuing this track will be well prepared for professional schools in the life sciences, graduate schools in biochemistry, and the more traditional fields of chemistry, as well as employment in chemical, environmental, or health-related fields. Note: Due to the additional lab component of the biochemistry major, CH 398 is recommended but not required for the B.S. with American Chemical Society certification.

* For a BS in Biochemistry certified by the ACS, a student must take both Chemistry electives, CH 326 and CH 341 with labs.


Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry requires 6 courses in chemistry. At least 4 of these courses must carry course numbers of 200 or greater. 1 of these 4 courses must be a course in physical chemistry (CH 202 or CH 261).


Minor in Biochemistry

The biochemistry minor consists of the following (not intended for Biology or Chemistry Majors):

Course Prerequisite(s) Credits
CH 11 General Inorganic Chemistry I with Lab None 4
CH 12 General Inorganic Chemistry II with Lab CH 11 4
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I with Lab CH 12 4
CH 212 Organic Chemistry II with Lab CH 211 4
CH 261 Physical Chemistry I w/ Lab
or
CH 262 Physical Chemistry II w/ Lab
CH 212
PS 15-16* 
MA 121-122*
or equivalents
3
CH/BI 324 Biochemistry I CH 212 3
CH/BI 324L Biochemistry Lab CH 212 1
CH 325 Biochemistry II CH/BI 324
BI 170-171-172
CH 212
3
* PS 15-16 and MA 121-122 or equivalents are minimal requirements of all physical science majors.