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    University of Memphis
  Sep 20, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry, (B.S. Ch.) - General Concentration

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The department 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. 

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  link for the University General Education Program requirements. Note the following specifications for the B.S.Ch. degree: Natural Science - CHEM 1110 /CHEM 1111 , CHEM 1120 /CHEM 1121 ; Mathematics - MATH 1910 .

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.

The Major (52-54 hours)

Core Requirements (38-39 hours):

Advanced Requirements (17-32 hours)

Nine (9) upper division semester hours in chemistry lecture courses, two upper division chemistry laboratory courses, the undergraduate research course sequence CHEM 4901 /CHEM 4902 /CHEM 4903 , and one of the following courses:


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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The student must successfully complete CHEM 4901 /CHEM 4902 /CHEM 4903  with a formal paper required in CHEM 4903  serving as the equivalent of an honors thesis.
  4. The student must present his/her research to an audience external to the Department of Chemistry.

Typical 4-Year Chemistry (B.S.Ch.) Sequence

Semester Totals 31 hrs

Semester Totals 31 hrs

Junior Year

Semester Totals 29 hrs

Senior Year

Semester Totals 29 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**MATH 2110 , MATH 2120 , MATH 4611 , MATH 4635  or COMP 1900 .

***With permission of the Chair of the Chemistry Department, PHYS 2010 /PHYS 2011 and PHYS 2020 /PHYS 2021  may be substituted for this sequence.

****One of the following may be selected: PHIL 3512 , PHIL 3514 , PHIL 3515  

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