Jun 22, 2024  

Chemistry - Biochemistry Concentration, (B.S.)

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Program objectives for a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S.Ch. in Chemistry are: (a) to have a satisfactory knowledge and comprehension of core concepts of analytical, organic, physical, inorganic and bioorganic chemistry; (b) to develop the ability to critically assess and solve problems relating to theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry; (c) to have satisfactory laboratory skills; (d) to have satisfactory presentation skills to communicate chemical concepts and the results of investigations into chemical phenomena, through oral and written discourse and by way of mathematical sciences (e) to have satisfactory basic computer and computational skills; (f) will be satisfactorily prepared for entry level positions in the field, or for admission to graduate or professional school; (g) to demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and the importance of chemistry in its impact on society.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements.

Note: The following requirements are general education courses that are required for the Chemistry, B.S. Major:


The Major (46-47 hours)

General Education (11-12 hours)

Biochemistry Concentration (22 hours)

Plus one of the Following Courses:


Students must earn a grade of at least “C-” in all CHEM courses applied toward the major or minor, and in all required BIOL, PHYS, and MATH courses. Students must earn a grade of at least “C-” in CHEM 1110   and CHEM 1120   before enrolling in any upper-division CHEM course, and in CHEM 1111   and CHEM 1121   before enrolling in any upper-division CHEM laboratory course.

Any CHEM (or cross-listed) course may be repeated once at the student’s option to earn a minimum grade of “C-.” To repeat a CHEM (or cross-listed) course a second time, a student may apply for and receive special permission from the Chemistry department. Application information is available in the Chemistry Department Office, Room 213, J.M. Smith Chemistry Building. No student may take a CHEM (or cross-listed) course more than three times in order to earn a minimum grade of “C-” without extraordinary departmental permission.


Electives must 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.) Sequence, Biochemistry Concentration

Freshman Year

Semester Totals 30-31 hrs

Semester Totals 32 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

**Courses offered only online or both online and on-ground

SC PHYS 2110 /PHYS 2111  and PHYS 2120 /PHYS 2121  may be substituted for this sequence

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