Chemistry and Biochemistry


Hours57.5 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

No more than 3 hours of D credit is allowed in major courses.
Note: With departmental approval, Chem 105 may substitute for Chem 111, and Chem 106 for Chem 112; and Chem 107 for Chem 113.
Note 1: Elective courses must be different from required courses.
Note 2: With prior approval, certain 300-level and above courses in biology, engineering, physics, and statistics may be taken to satisfy Requirement 4.
Recommended Courses: Math 213 and 215; Chem 460; Phscs 225.
Note: Supporting courses suggested by most medical and dental schools are found by visiting the Preprofessional Advisement Center ( The more rigorous chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses required for the chemistry majors will satisfy the minimum requirements listed there. Elective courses in biochemistry and in biological science are especially pertinent to these preprofessional programs.
Program Outcomes: 

Chemistry Fundamentals

Program graduates will have demonstrated a mastery of core concepts and principles in the five chemistry sub-disciplines: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.

Laboratory Procedures and Practice

Program graduates will be able to perform basic laboratory procedures used in inorganic and small molecule analysis, organic synthesis, and physical chemistry, including good standard lab practices and accurate record keeping. They will also be able to design effective experiments and critically analyze data.


Program graduates, who choose the research option, will be able to draw on classroom knowledge and laboratory classes to make an individual contribution in a research laboratory.

Effective Communication

Program graduates will be able to effectively communicate ideas and experimental results in a variety of formats including written and oral reports and technical graphics. They will also be able to search, read, and understand technical literature in the chemical sciences related to their area of interest.

Career Research and Preparation

Students approaching the end of their course of study will be able to make informed choices among post-graduate opportunities for work or further education.