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Degree Requirements

The Chemistry Department offers a challenging program of study providing the student with a strong foundation in the basic areas of chemistry necessary to pursue advanced study in graduate or professional school. The Chemistry program allows the student majoring in Chemistry the opportunity to earn a bachelor's or associate's degree, other science majors to broaden the scope of their knowledge and increase their potential as scientists, and non science majors to satisfy the general core requirements. The Department highly recommends a second major or an associate's degree in any of the following areas: Biology, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Economics, Mathematics and Physics. The Chemistry Department also offers a bachelor's degree in Forensic Chemistry. (See the section on Forensic Science.)

A student seeking a degree in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or above in all Chemistry courses.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY

  • Chemistry (42 hours):  CHE 111/111L, 113/113L, 220/220L, 240/240L, 301, 304, 313/313L, 314/314L, 358/358L, 385, 411-412 (3 hours), 415/415L, and 2 hours of advanced topics
  • Supporting Courses (22 hours):  PHY 141/141L, 142/142L; MAT 151, 152, 201
  • MAT 202 is strongly recommended
  • Computer Literacy: (3 hours): CIS 111 or Departmental Computer Literacy Test
  • A student seeking a degree in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or above in all Chemistry courses
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN CHEMISTRY
  • Chemistry (37 hours):  CHE 111/111L, 113/113L, 220/220L, 240/240L, 301, 313/313L, 415/415L; 12 hours of electives from among: CHE 304, 314/314L, 330/330L, 358/358L, 370, 385/385L, 411, 412, 425, 435
  • Supporting Courses (18 hours):  PHY 141/141L, 142/142L or 121/121L, 122/122L; MAT 151, 152
  • Computer Literacy (3 hours): CIS 111 or Departmental Computer Literacy Test
  • A student seeking a degree in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or above in all Chemistry courses
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN CHEMISTRY
  • Chemistry Courses (23 hours):  CHE 111/111L, 113/113L,  220/220L, 240/240L, and at least seven hours of CHE courses at the 300 level or higher 
  • Supporting Courses (12 hours):  6 credit hours in MAT (not including MAT 115, 121, 122, 125); CIS 111; and an additional 3 credit hours in Science, Mathematics, or Computer Information Systems approved by the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department.  If the Departmental Computer Literacy Test is passed, then an additional Science or Mathematics course may be substituted for the Computer Information Systems course.
  • A student seeking a degree in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or above in all Chemistry courses

PRE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
The major program in Chemistry is easily adapted to meet the requirements of Medical, Dental, and Veterinary schools. Several options are also available for adapting the program to further study Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Consult the chairperson of the Chemistry Department for more details.