Chemistry and Biochemistry


Hours76 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

No more than 3 hours of D credit is allowed in major courses.
requirement 3 Complete 1 option
Complete one of the following advanced options:
requirement 4 Complete 9.0 hours from the following course(s)
After consulting with an advisor, complete 9 hours from the following. NOTE: Only one of Bio 130 or CELL 120 can be applied to this requirement. NOTE: With approval, certain other 300-level and above courses in the allied fields of physics, statistics, engineering, and biology may be taken to satisfy this requirement. NOTE: Any course not taken to satisfy Requirement 3 can be taken to satisfy Requirement 4.
Recommended Courses: Phscs 225; Stat 201.
Note: Elective courses, beyond the requirements above, should be selected in consultation with an advisor. The following should be given consideration: advanced chemistry, foreign languages (especially French, German, Japanese, and Russian), biological sciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics.
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, physical chemistry, and instrumental analysis, including good standard lab practices and accurate record keeping. They will also be able to design effective experiments, critically analyze data, and be able carry out an independent project in a laboratory setting.


Program graduates who choose the reserach 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.