Chemistry, the central science, engages biochemistry, biology, engineering, and environmental and materials sciences. Chemists synthesize compounds from life-enhancing medicines to the materials of modern society with the understanding that there can be unintended consequences. Chemists collect and analyze data used in policy decisions including those involving the air, food, soil, and water. Chemists develop materials and processes that are safer, and are more energy and material efficient. Chemists develop processes for the recovery and conversion of waste to raw material. Chemistry majors develop a solid foundation in general chemistry and mathematics followed by coursework in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical biology, and physics. The curriculum is rounded out by courses in the liberal and communications arts.

Chemistry majors in the health sciences concentration are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. Ample opportunities exist for undergraduate students to become involved in ground-breaking research in the laboratories of individual faculty members. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment in faculty laboratories and the Central Instrument Facility including NMR, FTIR, UV/Vis, fluorescence, and mass spectrometers, vacuum lines, x-ray diffractometers and many more. Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged for any student considering a career in the sciences and many students complete supervised research for academic credit. Development of laboratory and research skills result in transferable skills that a graduate can apply towards a career in the health sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the anatomical features of humans or domestic animals and define their physiological roles.
  • Articulate the role chemistry plays in disease and its treatment.
  • Apply interdisciplinary knowledge from chemistry and related fields (biology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology and psychology) to problems and questions in the health sciences.

Effective Fall 2022

Chemistry majors must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.000) in all the listed courses required for the major in chemistry.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 1201Foundations of Modern Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 1211Foundations of Modern Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 192Introductory Seminar in Chemistry 2
CHEM 2412Foundations of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 2422Foundations of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 263Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM 264Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
Select one course from the following: 4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
CHEM 231Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 232Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 322Foundations of Chemical Biology Laboratory 1
Select one course from the following: 4
Principles of Biochemistry  
Foundations of Chemical Biology  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants (GT-SC1)3A 
Introductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)3A 
Select one course from the following: 5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
Select one course from the following: 5
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A 
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A  
Applied Mathematics for Chemists I  
Applied Mathematics for Chemists II  
Group B  
Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists III  
 Total Credits 31-32
Junior
 
CHEM 320Chemistry of Addictions 3
CHEM 371Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 4
CHEM 372Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry Lab4A1
CHEM 440Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory4B2
CHEM 445Synthetic Organic Chemistry4B3
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Molecular and General Genetics  
Introductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)3A 
Select one course from the following: 3
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C 
General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C 
Advanced Writing323
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 28-29
Senior
 
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology 4
MIP 300General Microbiology 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Select one course from the following: 4-5
Human Gross Anatomy  
Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy  
Select one course from the following: 3
Clinical Chemistry  
Medicinal Chemistry  
Select one course from the following: 2
Laboratory in Principles of Physiology  
General Microbiology Laboratory  
Select one course from the following: 2
Senior Seminar4C 
Senior Thesis4C 
In-depth Chemistry Course (see list below) 3-4
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

In-depth Chemistry Courses

Code Title AUCC Credits
CHEM 311 Introduction to Nanoscale Science 3
CHEM 315 Foundations of Polymer Chemistry 3
CHEM 333 Forensic Chemistry 3
CHEM 338 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 431 Instrumental Analysis 4B 4
CHEM 433 Clinical Chemistry 3
CHEM 448 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 461 Inorganic Chemistry 4B 3
CHEM 462 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 476 Physical Chemistry II 4B 3
CHEM 477 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 498 Research 1-3
1

Students who complete General Chemistry in Freshman year (CHEM 111 or CHEM 107, CHEM 112 or CHEM 108, CHEM 113, CHEM 114) do not have to take CHEM 120 and CHEM 121.

2

Students may complete the organic chemistry requirement by taking CHEM 341, CHEM 343, and CHEM 344. Students who take CHEM 245/CHEM 246 may complete the organic chemistry requirement by taking CHEM 343/CHEM 344. For both sets of these students, CHEM 343/CHEM 344 together count as an in-depth chemistry course.

3

CHEM 301 is recommended.

4

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

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:   The curriculum for the new American Chemical Society Certified Chemistry major 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 and CHEM 120 require 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 (2.000) or better are required in all listed courses for the major in chemistry. Students with credit for CHEM 111 CHEM 112,CHEM 113, CHEM 114 do not need to take CHEM 120,CHEM 121.  Students with credit for CHEM 341, CHEM 343, CHEM 344 do not need to take CHEM 241, CHEM 242.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 120Foundations of Modern Chemistry (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 121Foundations of Modern Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A1
CHEM 192Introductory Seminar in ChemistryX  2
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A4
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionX 1C3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 241Foundations of Organic ChemistryX  4
CHEM 242Foundations of Organic Chemistry LaboratoryX  1
CHEM 263Foundations of Inorganic ChemistryX  4
CHEM 264Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryX  1
MATH 155 or 160Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)
X 1B4
 Total Credits   14
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 231Foundations of Analytical ChemistryX  3
CHEM 232Foundations of Analytical Chemistry LabX  2
Select one course from the following:X  3-4
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants (GT-SC1)  3A 
Introductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)  3A 
PH 121 or 141General Physics I (GT-SC1)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)
X 3A5
Select one course from the following:X  4
Group A:    
Applied Mathematics for Chemists I    
Group B:    
Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)  1B 
 Total Credits   17-18
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 321 or BC 351Foundations of Chemical Biology
Principles of Biochemistry
   4
CHEM 322Foundations of Chemical Biology Laboratory   1
PH 122 or 142General Physics II (GT-SC1)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)
X 3A5
Select one course from the following:X  4
Group A:    
Applied Mathematics for Chemists II    
Group B:    
Calculus for Physical Scientists III    
 Total Credits   14
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 371Fundamentals of Physical ChemistryX  4
CHEM 372Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry LabX 4A1
CHEM 440Advanced Organic Chemistry LaboratoryX 4B2
CHEM 445Synthetic Organic ChemistryX 4B3
Advanced Writing  23
 Total Credits   13
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 320Chemistry of AddictionsX  3
PSY 100 or ECON 202General Psychology (GT-SS3)
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)
X 3C,3C3
Select one course from the following:X  3-4
Molecular and General Genetics    
Introductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)  3A 
Arts and Humanities X3B3
Historical Perspectives X3D3
 Total Credits   15-16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology   4
MIP 300General MicrobiologyX  3
MIP 302 or BMS 302General Microbiology Laboratory
Laboratory in Principles of Physiology
X  2
In-depth Chemistry Course (see list on Program Requirements tab)X  3-4
Arts and Humanities X3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 433 or 448Clinical Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
X  3
SPCM 200Public SpeakingX  3
Select one course from the following:X  4-5
Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy    
Human Gross Anatomy    
Select one course from the following:X  2
Senior Seminar  4C 
Senior Thesis  4C 
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   120