B.S. Chemistry Requirements

B.S. Requirements

42 credit hours in chemistry, including the 30 hours indicated for the B.A. degree, as well as:

  • Instrumental Analysis 4454 and four credits of student research.

Also: General Biology 1311/1111; General Physics 2311/2111, 2312/2112; Calculus 1404, 1411.

A grade of "C" or above in a prerequisite course is required for enrollment in an advanced course in chemistry. The chemistry and biochemistry majors are encouraged to take additional courses (e.g. Advanced Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, the second semester of Physical Chemistry for biochemistry majors) beyond the required courses specified above.

Comprehensive Examination

All chemistry and biochemistry majors must pass a general written comprehensive examination. The examination consists of questions in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry. All questions on the exam are based upon prior coursework. A study guide and sample questions are available from the department. Students can earn a pass with distinction, pass, low pass or failure. Students normally take the comprehensive exam at the beginning of the spring semester in their senior year.

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