2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 03, 2022  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Chemistry [CHM]

The chemistry  major provides a solid foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Students in this major can pursue many career pathways including employment, government positions or electing to continue their studies in a wide variety of graduate programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational material in the traditional subdisciplines of Chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.  Integrate knowledge across the subdisciplines of Chemistry
  2. Retrieve, analyze, and interpret peer-reviewed literature in the field of Chemistry
  3. Communicate science effectively through written reports, oral presentations and discussion
  4. Design and carry out experiments that answer scientific questions in the field of Chemistry

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in any CHE course
  • Chemistry Major Requirements
    • 45 credits in any CHE course

Career Potential

  • Industrial chemist
  • Health professions
  • Research scientist
  • Consultant
  • Patent attorney
  • State and federal agency scientist and policy maker

A. Required Courses: 45 credit hours

In addition to the course requirements listed below, students must take five additional credit hours in chemistry at the 300 level or above, excluding CHE 305 and CHE 306.

Students who fulfill this requirement in part by taking 2 cr. hrs. of CHE 480 - Independent Research, fulfill the requirements for the American Chemical Society approved major in Chemistry.

B. Related Courses: 17-20 credit hours


One additional math course at the 200 level or higher, selected in consultation with advisor. Appropriate courses would include MAT 224, MAT 237, MAT 272 and MAT 430.

C. Other Degree Requirements

59-62 credit hours of General Education requirements and free electives

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the bachelor's degree in chemistry over four years

Link to General Education (GE ); Link to Foreign Language  

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Third Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Third Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Fourth Year Spring

  • (1-3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 300-level elective (3 cr. hr.) 
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 16