The department also offers a program culminating in the professional degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.Ch.). This program is designed to meet the requirements of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, and is undertaken primarily by students who desire to go directly to positions in the chemical industry, or to enroll for postgraduate study in chemistry.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree, the student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with a grade point average of at least 2.0. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be in courses from the upper division.
Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.
Graduating with Honors in Chemistry
Applies to both the B.S.Ch. and the B.S. with a major in Chemistry
In order to graduate with Honors in Chemistry, the student must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.25 in all science and mathematics courses required for the major.
The student must earn honors credit in a minimum of three 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have not been previously earned in CHEM 1110/CHEM 1120, or in a minimum of two 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have been previously earned in CHEM 1110/CHEM 1120. Honors may be contracted in courses not offering a formal Honors section. A minimum grade of B is required in order to earn honors credit.