Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Chemistry

The chemistry department requires that the prerequisites for a number of chemistry courses be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Majors in the department should consult an advisor at frequent intervals to be certain that prerequisites are met at the appropriate time and with a suitable grade.

Core Curriculum60
Core Area A, B, C, D.2.a, and E (See VSU Core Curriculum) 142
Core Area F 2
MATH 2261Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Carry-over from Area D.2.a)1
MATH 2262Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
CHEM 1211
1211L
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (unless taken in Area D.2.a)
0-4
CHEM 1212
1212L
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (unless taken in Area D.2.a)
0-4
CHEM 2310Quantitative Analysis4
PHYS 2211KPrinciples of Physics I (unless taken in Area D.2.a) 30-4
PHYS 2212KPrinciples of Physics II (unless taken in Area D.2.a) 30-4
Senior College Curriculum60
Select one of the following options:
American Chemical Society Certified Degree
American Chemical Society Certified Degree Biochemistry Option
Pre-professional Option
Total hours required for the degree120
1

Chemistry majors must take MATH 1113 in Area A and MATH 2261 in Area D.2.a One
hour of MATH 2261 will carry over to Area F. In Area D.2.a, chemistry majors may select
eight hours from CHEM 1211/CHEM 1211L, CHEM 1212/CHEM 1212L, PHYS 2211K, PHYS 2212K, or BIOL 1107K.

2

Hours in excess of 18 will carry over into the Senior College Curriculum.

3

Students in the pre-professional option may substitute PHYS 1111K for PHYS 2211K and PHYS 1112K for PHYS 2212K.

Chemistry Major: American Chemical Society Certified Degree

Of the 60 semester hours, 39 must be in courses numbered 3000 or above
CHEM 2210Sophomore Seminar1
CHEM 3401Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3402Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3510Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 3601
3601L
Biochemistry I
and Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry
5
CHEM 3801Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 3802Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 4310Instrumental Analysis4
Advanced courses in Chemistry6
Modern Foreign Language 46-9
Electives 515-18
4

If three hours of language are taken in Area C of the core, only six will be required in this portion of the major.

5

Includes hours which carry over from Area F.

Chemistry Major: American Chemical Society Certified Degree

Biochemistry Option

Of the 60 semester hours, 39 must be in courses numbered 3000 or above
CHEM 2210Sophomore Seminar1
BIOL 1107KPrinciples of Biology I4
BIOL 3100Microbiology4
CHEM 3401Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3402Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3510Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 3601
3601L
Biochemistry I
and Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry
5
CHEM 3602Biochemistry II3
CHEM 3801Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 3802Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 4310Instrumental Analysis4
Modern Foreign Language 76-9
Electives 8,92-9

Note: Students must obtain 39 total upper division (3000- or 4000-level) hours, with 6 of these 39 hours in a single subject other than chemistry.

6

Unless taken in Area D.2.a

7

If three hours of language are taken in Area C of the core, only six will be required in this portion of the major.

8

Includes hours which carry over from Area F.

9

May include CHEM 4910, but must be a biochemistry topic.

Chemistry Major: Pre-Professional Option

Of the 60 semester hours, 39 must be in courses numbered 3000 or above.
CHEM 2210Sophomore Seminar1
BIOL 1107KPrinciples of Biology I4
Science elective, 2000 or above4
CHEM 3401Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3402Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3510Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 3601
3601L
Biochemistry I
and Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry
5
CHEM 3801Physical Chemistry I4
or CHEM 3802 Physical Chemistry II
Upper Division mathematics, computer science, or science electives 107-8
Modern Foreign Language 116-9
Electives 1213-17
10

Students who wish to emphasize biochemistry shall take CHEM 3602 & CHEM 3802.

11

If three hours of language are taken in Area C of the core, only six will be required in this portion of the major.

12

Includes hours that carry over from Area F.