Students who wish to work as professional chemists should select the ACS Certified Concentration to obtain professional certification by the American Chemical Society. The ACS-approved curriculum comprising this concentration offers an extensive and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective chemistry professionals.

Effective Fall 2017

Chemistry majors must achieve a minimum grade of C in all the listed courses required for the major in chemistry.

Select one course from the following: 3-4
General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A 
General Chemistry I for Chemistry Majors  
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CHEM 192Introductory Seminar in Chemistry 1
CHEM 261Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
STAT 301 or 315Introduction to Statistical Methods
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 30-31
CHEM 334Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
CHEM 335Introduction to Analytical Chemistry4A3
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:  
Modern Organic Chemistry I  
Modern Organic Chemistry II  
Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Group B:  
Organic Chemistry I  
Organic Chemistry II  
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:  
Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists III  
Group B (strongly recommended for all Chemistry majors):  
Applied Mathematics for Chemists I  
Applied Mathematics for Chemists II  
Biological and Physical Sciences1 4
 Total Credits 29
BC 351 or 401Principles of Biochemistry
Comprehensive Biochemistry I
CHEM 440Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory4B2
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:  
Physical Chemistry I  
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I  
Physical Chemistry II4B 
Physical Chemistry Laboratory II  
Group B:  
Foundations of Physical Chemistry4B 
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I  
Select one course from the following:
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Molecular Genetics  
Molecular Regulation of Cell Function  
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 28-29
CHEM 431Instrumental Analysis 4
CHEM 461Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 462Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
Select one course from the following: 2
Senior Thesis4C 
Advanced Science Electives (see list below)3 6-7
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives4 11-12
 Total Credits 31-33
 Program Total Credits: 120

Advanced Science Electives List

College of Natural Sciences
AA 3XX or AA 4XX
BC 3XX or BC 4XX
BZ 3XX or BZ 4XX
CS 3XX or CS 4XX
CT 3XX or CT 4XX
PH 3XX or PH 4XX
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology4
BMS 301Human Gross Anatomy5
BMS 302Laboratory in Principles of Physiology2
BMS 310Anatomy for the Health Professions4
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology3
BMS 330Microscopic Anatomy4
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy4
BMS 360Fundamentals of Physiology4
BMS 405Nerve and Muscle-Toxins, Trauma and Disease3
BMS 420Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
BMS 425Introduction to Systems Neurobiology3
BMS 450Pharmacology3
ERHS 320Environmental Health - Water and Food Safety3
ERHS 332Principles of Epidemiology3
ERHS 410Environmental Health and Waste Management3
ERHS 446Environmental Toxicology3
ERHS 450Introduction to Radiation Biology3
MIP 300General Microbiology3
MIP 302General Microbiology Laboratory2
MIP 334Food Microbiology3
MIP 335Food Microbiology Laboratory2
MIP 342Immunology4
MIP 343Immunology Laboratory2
College of Engineering
ATS 350Introduction to Weather and Climate2
ATS 351Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory1
BIOM 306/BTEC 306Bioprocess Engineering4
BIOM 421Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Engineering3
BIOM 422Kinetics of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems3
BIOM 441Biomechanics and Biomaterials3
CBE 310Molecular Concepts and Applications3
CBE 320Chemical and Biological Reactor Design3
CBE 330Process Simulation3
CBE 331Momentum Transfer and Mechanical Separations3
CBE 332Heat and Mass Transfer Fundamentals3
CBE 439/CIVE 439Environmental Engineering Chemical Concepts3
CBE 442Separation Processes4
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics3
CIVE 322Basic Hydrology3
ECE 341Electromagnetic Fields and Devices I3
ECE 342Electromagnetic Fields and Devices II3
ECE 404Experiments in Optical Electronics2
ECE 441Optical Electronics3
ECE 442Numerical Algorithms for VLSI Modeling4
ECE 457Fourier Optics3
ECE 471ASemiconductor Physics1
ECE 471BSemiconductor Junctions1
MECH 337Thermodynamics4
MECH 342Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Flow Processes3
MECH 344Heat and Mass Transfer3
Warner College of Natural Resources
ESS 311Ecosystem Ecology3
ESS 411Earth Systems Ecology3
FW 300Biology and Diversity of Fishes2
FW 301Ichthyology Laboratory1
FW 400Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems3
FW 405Fish Physiology3
FW 455Principles of Conservation Biology3
FW 467Wildlife Disease Ecology3
NR 300Biological Diversity3
NR 353/BZ 353Global Change Ecology, Impacts and Mitigation3
NR 367Concepts in Vertebrate Nutrition3
NR 370Coastal Environmental Ecology3
College of Agriculture
AGRI 466Management of On-Farm Stored Grain1
AGRI 467Management and Control of Wood-Destroying Pests2
ANEQ 300B/BSPM 300Topics in Animal Sciences: Livestock Entomology1
ANEQ 305Functional Large Animal Anatomy/Physiology3
ANEQ 310Animal Reproduction3
ANEQ 320Principles of Animal Nutrition4
BSPM 302Applied and General Entomology2
BSPM 303AEntomology Laboratory: General2
BSPM 350Science Illustration2
BSPM 361Elements of Plant Pathology3
BSPM 450Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction3
HORT 401Medicinal and Value-Added Uses of Plants3
HORT 476Environmental Plant Stress Physiology3
SOCR 322Principles of Microclimatology3
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics3
SOCR 331Genetics Laboratory1
SOCR 341Microbiology for Sustainable Agriculture1
SOCR 455Soil Microbiology3
SOCR 467Soil and Environmental Chemistry3
SOCR 470Soil Physics3
College of Health and Human Sciences
FTEC 350Fermentation Microbiology2
FTEC 360Brewing Processes3
FTEC 400Food Safety3
FTEC 447Food Chemistry2
FTEC 572Food Biotechnology2
HES 303Biomechanics and Neurophysiology3
HES 307Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement4
HES 319Neuromuscular Aspects of Human Movement4
HES 403Physiology of Exercise4
HES 420Electrocardiography and Exercise Management3

Select from the list of courses in category 3A of the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) with BZ or LIFE subject codes. Must include a laboratory.


 CHEM 499 Senior Thesis by department approval. Students fulfilling the AUCC 4C requirement with CHEM 499 must write a thesis and present it to the department. 


Select additional Advanced Science Electives courses (upper-division, 300- to 400-level) to total at least 10 credits when combined with the choice of BC 351 or BC 401 in the junior year.


Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:   The curriculum for the Chemistry major ‐ ACS Certified concentration assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.  Entering students who are not prepared to take calculus will need to fulfill pre‐calculus requirements in the first semester. CHEM 111 requires Algebra II as a prerequisite (this prerequisite is met by having Algebra II by test credit, transfer credit, or placement out of MATH 117 and MATH 118 on Math Placement Exam). Earned grades of C or better are required in all listed courses for the major in chemistry.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:X  3-4
General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A 
General Chemistry I for Chemistry MajorsX   
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
CHEM 192Introductory Seminar in Chemistry X 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
Arts and Humanities   3
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab IIX  1
CHEM 261Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry X 3
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A5
Select one course from the following: X 3
Introduction to Statistical Methods X  
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists X  
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 334Quantitative Analysis Laboratory X 1
CHEM 335Introduction to Analytical Chemistry X4A3
Select one course from the following:X  3-4
CHEM 341 (Group A)
Modern Organic Chemistry I    
CHEM 345 (Group B)
Organic Chemistry I    
Select one course from the following:X  4
MATH 161 (Group A)
Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)X 1B 
MATH 271 (Group B)
Applied Mathematics for Chemists IX   
Biological and Physical Sciences X 4
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1) X3A5
Select one from the following:X  4-5
CHEM 343
CHEM 344 (Group A)
Modern Organic Chemistry IIX   
CHEM 346 (Group B)
Organic Chemistry IIX   
Select one course from the following:X  4
MATH 261 (Group A)
Calculus for Physical Scientists IIIX   
MATH 272 (Group B)
Applied Mathematics for Chemists IIX   
 Total Credits   13-14
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351 or 401Principles of Biochemistry
Comprehensive Biochemistry I
CHEM 440Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory X4B2
Select one group from the following   0-4
Group A (4 credits):    
Physical Chemistry IX   
Physical Chemistry Laboratory IX   
Group B (0-3 credits):    
BC 463 (If not taking BC 403 or BC 465 Semester 6)
Molecular Genetics    
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   11-16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   4-8
Group A (4 credits):    
Physical Chemistry II X4B 
Physical Chemistry Laboratory II    
Group B (5-8 credits):    
Foundations of Physical Chemistry X4B 
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I    
BC 403 or 465 (If BC 463 not taken Semester 5)
Comprehensive Biochemistry II
Molecular Regulation of Cell Function
Advanced Writing X23
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Elective   3
CHEM 261, CHEM 334, CHEM 335, PH 142 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   13-17
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 431Instrumental AnalysisX  4
Select one course from the following: X 2
Seminar X4C 
Senior Thesis X4C 
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Electives   6
CHEM 440, CHEM 474 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 461Inorganic ChemistryX  3
CHEM 462Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryX  2
Advanced Science Electives (See list on Concentration Requirements page)X  6-7
ElectivesX  5-6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   16-18
 Program Total Credits:   120