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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


B.S. (with a major in chemistry)

A B.S. (with a major in chemistry) from our department has a strong emphasis on coursework in chemistry, physics and mathematics.  Classes in humanities, the arts, or any of your other interests will make the degree truly your own.

The B.S. (with a major in chemistry) checklist [pdf] shows all the program requirements.   This is a typical program of study and may differ from the actual program a student follows.    

Freshman

It is very important to take the pre-requisite courses like math and general chemistry starting in the first semester of the freshman year in order to prepare for upper level courses in the major.

Fall

  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111L - General Chemistry I Laboratory                
  • MATH 141 - Carolina Core group II-Calculus I
  • ENGL 101 - Carolina Core group I-Critical Reading and Composition                     
  • UNIV 101- The Student in the University                       
  • GFL - Carolina Core group IV-Multicultural Language                       

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  17-18 Hours

Spring

  • ENGL 102 - Carolina Core group I-Rhetoric and Composition
  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 112L - General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • MATH 142 - Carolina Core group II-Calculus II
  • GFL - Carolina Core group IV-Multicultural Language
  • PHYS 211 - Essential of Physics I
  • PHYS 211L - Essentials of Physics I Laboratory           

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  18 Hours

Sophomore

In the second year students move forward in the chemistry curriculum with upper level courses and finish the math and physics prerequisites.  

Fall

  • MATH 241 - Carolina Core group II-Vector Calculus                 
  • CHEM 333 - Organic Chemistry I               
  • CHEM 333L - Comprehensive Organic Chemistry
    Laboratory I                       
  • PHYS 212 - Essentials of Physics II                     
  • PHYS 212L - Essentials of Physics II Laboratory
  • GHS - Carolina Core group V-Historical Thinking                     
  • GFL - Carolina Core group IV-Multicultural Language 

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15-18 Hours

Spring

  • CHEM 322 - Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 322L - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 334 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 334L - Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • GHS - Carolina Core group V-Historical Thinking
  • AIU - Carolina Core group VII - Aesthetics and Interpretive Understanding

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

Junior

During the third year students are continuing in the chemistry curriculum and preparing to take graduate or pre-health profession entrance examinations.

Fall

  • CHEM 5XX or 6XX - Upper Level Chemistry Elective           
  • CHEM 541 or 542 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 541L or 542L - Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • AIU- Carolina Core group VII - Aesthetics and Interpretive Understanding
  • CMS, INF, VSR-Carolina Core group Vlll-Overlay
  • Minor/Cognate/Elec           

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  17 Hours

Spring

  • CHEM 541 or 542 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 541L or 542L - Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 401 - Industrial Chemistry Capstone Experience
  • GSS - Carolina Core group VI-Social Sciences
  • Minor/Cognate/Elec
  • CHEM 49X - Undergraduate Research

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  14-17 Hours

Senior

During the fourth year students are preparing for graduation and applying to graduate or pre-health profession programs.

Fall

  • Minor/Cognate/Elec
  • Minor/Cognate/Elec
  • GSS - Carolina Core group VI-Social Sciences
  • CMS, INF, VSR - Carolina Core group VIII-Overlay
  • CHEM 49X - Undergraduate Research (optional) or Other Elective

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

Spring

  • CMS, INF, VSR - Carolina Core group VIII-Overlay 
  • CHEM 49X – Undergraduate Research (optional) or Other Elective 
  • CSCE 206 - Carolina Core group II-Scientific Applications Programming 
  • Minor/Cognate/Elec 
  • Minor/Cognate/Elec 

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours