Chemistry, BS

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (315000BS) 

More on the Chemistry major

Program Description

Chemistry is an experimental science that seeks to understand the structure and function of molecules. Chemists synthesize new materials, and study their properties and how they interact with other compounds. The BS degrees offered by the department prepare students for independent laboratory work and research. The BA degree is less strongly focused on research and prepares students for professional degrees like medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

Admission, Retention and Graduation 

The student must maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average The student must obtain a grade of C- or better in all required chemistry courses 

The following information has official approval of The Department of Chemistry and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.

Three year accelerated option: for first time students who have earned credits for at least the first year of courses. Credits can be earned through qualifying scores on appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) exams or through College Credit Plus Program (CCP) courses. Credits for qualifying AP scores or CCP courses are determined by the appropriate academic department. Departments may assign varied course credit, depending on the student’s score on an AP exam or grade in a CCP course. Students may also receive credit by examination or via placement tests, where appropriate.



General Education Requirements36
College of Arts & Sciences Requirements8
Chemistry Requirements40
Physics Requirements 8
Mathematics Requirements15
Advanced Chemistry Electives7
Additional Credits for Graduation *6
Total Hours120

Bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.

Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Analytic Geometry-Calculus I
Analytic Geometry-Calculus II
Analytic Geometry-Calculus III
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
Elementary Classical Physics I
and Elementary Classical Physics II
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

College of Arts & Sciences Requirements

Degree requirements for this Bachelor of Science in Arts & Sciences include the demonstration of ability to use another language by completion of the first year of a foreign language.
1 Year Language Proficiency8
101 Beginning I
102 Beginning II
Survey of Deaf Culture in America (American Sign Language option only)
Students must also complete a minimum of 40 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops

Chemistry Requirements 1

CHEM:151Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM:152Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM:153Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM:154Qualitative Analysis2
CHEM:263Organic Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM:264Organic Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM:265Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM:266Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM:313Physical Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM:314Physical Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM:380Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM:381Advanced Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM:423Analytical Chemistry I3
CHEM:424Analytical Chemistry II3
CHEM:472Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM:480Advanced Chemistry Laboratory III2
Total Hours40

If a grade of less than C- is earned in a required chemistry course, the student must successfully repeat that course within a year.

Physics Requirements

PHYS:291Elementary Classical Physics I4
PHYS:292Elementary Classical Physics II4
Total Hours8

Mathematics Requirements

MATH:221Analytic Geometry-Calculus I4
MATH:222Analytic Geometry-Calculus II4
MATH:223Analytic Geometry-Calculus III4
MATH:335Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Total Hours15

Advanced Chemistry Electives

Select at least seven credits of the following:7
Internship in Chemistry 1
Biochemistry Lecture I
Biochemistry Lecture II
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Honors Project in Chemistry 2
Special Topics in Chemistry 2
Research Problems in Chemistry 2
Polymer Chemistry
Polymer Physics
Polymer Science Laboratory
Total Hours7

May be repeated for a total of six credits.


May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
Writing Requirement 3
CHEM:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM:152 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MATH:149 Precalculus Mathematics 4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Beginning Language I
SLPA:101 American Sign Language I
Spring Semester
Writing Requirement 3
Speaking Requirement 3
CHEM:153 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM:154 Qualitative Analysis 2
MATH:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
Select one of the following: 4-3
Beginning Language II
SLPA:102 American Sign Language II
2nd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM:263 Organic Chemistry Lecture I 3
CHEM:265 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
MATH:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
PHYS:291 Elementary Classical Physics I 4
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
CHEM:264 Organic Chemistry Lecture II 3
CHEM:266 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
MATH:223 Analytic Geometry-Calculus III 4
PHYS:292 Elementary Classical Physics II 4
General Elective 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM:313 Physical Chemistry Lecture I 3
CHEM:380 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM:423 Analytical Chemistry I 3
MATH:335 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Social Science Requirement 2 3
Humanities Requirement 2 3
Spring Semester
CHEM:424 Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHEM:314 Physical Chemistry Lecture II 3
CHEM:381 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory II 2
Arts Requirement 2 3
Social Science Requirement 2 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
CHEM:472 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM:480 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory III 2
Upper Level Chemistry Electives 1 4
Arts/Humanities Requirement 2 3
Spring Semester
Upper Level Chemistry Electives 1 3
Complex Issues Requirement 2,3 3
Domestic Diversity Requirement 2,3 3
Global Diversity Requirement 2,3 3
 Total Hours120

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry must take at least 7 credits to fulfill the Upper Level Chemistry course requirements from:  CHEM:399 Internship in Chemistry, CHEM:401/402 Biochem I/II, CHEM:463 Advanced Organic Chemistry, CHEM:497 Honors Project in Chemistry, CHEM:498 Special Topics: Chemistry, CHEM:499 Research Problems, PHYS:481 Methods of Mathematical Physics I, PLYS:403 Polymer Chemistry, PLYS:404 Polymer Physics, PLYS:405 Polymer Science Lab.


These courses fulfill General Education requirements. Unless a course is specified, refer to the General Education guide at It is recommended that General Education courses be selected to satisfy major or minor requirements, or to double dip between multiple tiers (i.e. Chemistry majors are encouraged to take 3850:100 Introduction to Sociology to satisfy the Domestic Diversity Requirement, as well as part of the Social Science Requirement).


If requirement has been satisfied by previous coursework, credits should still be filled as general electives.