Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry

The Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry (Major I) provides considerable concentration in chemistry while permitting a wider selection of electives.  It should meet the needs of students preparing to enter the fields of medicine, law, dentistry, business, etc.


Suggested Program of Study

FIRST YEAR

FALL          SPRING
CHEM 1111 4   CHEM 1112 4
PHYS 1021 or BISC 1111 4   PHYS 1022 or BISC 1112 4
MATH 1231 3   MATH 1232 3
UW (Writing) 1020* 4   Elective 3
      GEC** 3
TOTAL 15   TOTAL 17
         

SECOND YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 2151 3   CHEM 2152 3
CHEM 2153 1   CHEM 2154 1
PHYS 1021 or BISC 1111 4   CHEM 2122 3
GEC 3   PHYS 1022 or BISC 1112 4
ELECTIVE  3   GEC 4
      ELECTIVE 3
TOTAL 14   TOTAL 17
         

 THIRD YEAR

FALL     SPRING
 CHEM 3171 3   CHEM 3172 3
CHEM 2123W 1   CHEM 3173 2
GEC< 3   GEC 3
GEC 3   Elective or GEC 3
Elective 3   Elective or GEC 3
Elective  3      
TOTAL 16   TOTAL  14
         

 FOURTH YEAR

 FALL     SPRING
CHEM 4122 3   CHEM 4134 3
CHEM 3165# 3   GEC 3
GEC 3   Elective or GEC 3
Elective 3   Elective or GEC 3
Elective  3   Elective  3
TOTAL 16   TOTAL 15
 

* UW 1020 (University Writing) is taken in the freshman year, followed by two courses (6 credits total) designated as Writing in the Discipline. The latter are departmental, GEC or elective courses with a writing component.

**GEC; General Education Curriculum requirements for Arts and Sciences students. See the Bulletin or academic advisors for acceptable courses. Currently 27-29 hours total. Chemistry majors normally fulfill the requirements in Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Sciences with the prerequisite courses for the major. A dual major of chemistry and biology would fulfill the biology requirements with 24-30 credits of biology courses beyond BISC 1111 and 1112 taken in place of the electives.

#Biochemistry 3165 may be taken in Junior and Senior year.

Chemistry 4195, Undergraduate Research, may be elected in the Junior or Senior year.

 

updated 2/29/12

Career Paths

Chemistry is the science about substances:  their composition, structure, properties, and interactions. It is a powerful springboard to launch you into a fascinating career. Whether you choose to pursue employment immediately after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, or to seek further education, chemistry prepares you well for a variety of fields. No matter what career path is chosen, a lifetime of learning, challenge, and productivity are within reach.

For more information on careers in chemistry, visit the American Chemical Society and AAAS websites.

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