​Chemistry Major for Professional Certification by the American Chemical Society

There are four routes by which one may earn a chemistry major. Each route starts with a two semester general chemistry sequence and the following core of chemistry and collateral courses.

Chemistry Core

Chem 105 and 106 or 117, 248, 325, 326, 335, 336, 355, 446.

Collateral Courses

Math 120, 121, 222
Physics 240 (formerly numbered 150), 250

Additional courses which build upon this core and complete the Chemistry Major for Professional Certification by the American Chemical Society consists of a minimum of 71 credits (66 credits if taking Chem 117) including the following:

  1. Chem 329, 339, 365, 455.
  2. At least 3 credits chosen from the following courses: 371, 373, 387, 425, 499. You may substitute one advanced course in another science for one chemistry course in this group with the approval of the chair.

A reading knowledge of a foreign language is strongly recommended.

If you are interested in the Chemistry Major for Professional Certification by the American Chemical Society, then complete details about the curricula are available in the Student Handbook for the Chemistry Department or in the course catalog.

The Department of Chemistry encourages you to graduate in four years. Below is a suggested sequence of courses that was designed to illustrate how a student could successfully complete the Chemistry Major for Professional Certification by the American Chemical Society in 4 years.

Suggested Course Sequence for Chemistry Majors

Notes:

  1. Students taking Chem 117 in the fall may take Chem 248 or Chem 325 in the spring.
  2. In addition to the courses listed above, students must take 2 credits of chemistry electives.​

 Year 1

Fall Semester
Course Credits
Chem 105 (or 117) 5
​Math 120 4
GEP and/or Electives 5-6
Total Credits: 14-15
 
Spring Semester
Course Credits
Chem 106 (or 248 or 325) 5
Math 121 4
GEP and/or Electives 5-6
Total Credits: 14-15
 

 Year 2

Fall Semester
Course Credits
Chem 248 4
​Chem 325 4
Math 222 4
Phys 240 (formerly numbered 150​) 5
  Total Credits: 17

 

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Chem 326 4
Chem 355 3
Phys 250 5
Elective and/or Comm 101​ 2-3
  Total Credits: 14-15

 Year 3

Fall Semester
Course Credits
Chem 335 4
​Chem 329 2
GEP and/or Electives 10
  Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Chem 336 3
Chem 339 1
Chem 365 4
GEP and/or Electives 7
  Total Credits: 14-15

 Year 4

Fall Semester
Course Credits
GEP and/or Electives 12
  Total Credits: 12

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Chem 446 4
Chem 455 3
GEP and/or Electives 8
  Total Credits: 15
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