Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Pre-Health Option

The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a vibrant program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students to study fundamental areas of chemistry while tailoring their degree with technical and free electives to produce a well-rounded experience in preparation for a variety of career opportunities. Students may pursue tailored tracks towards the BS in Chemistry, including those allowing specialization in: pre-health science, biochemistry, business, polymers, and materials options. There are also tremendous opportunities to gain valuable research experience in state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition to coursework requirements, students in the program often participate in a variety of experiential programs, including: undergraduate research, Cooperative work, study abroad, summer internship, and serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant.

Faculty in the school are committed to undergraduate education and several have won awards for excellence in teaching. With a faculty to student ratio of approximately 1:6, the School prides itself on the close contact that it maintains with its undergraduate students. The high quality of the curriculum and faculty is part of the reason chemistry graduates receive job offers at the highest salary levels for BS chemists. Graduates of the BS in Chemistry pursue careers such diverse field as forensics, environmental science, nanoscience, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals in industry or governmental organizations; or they may continue their education in the chemical or biological sciences, or in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and law. Chemistry, especially with the biochemistry option (or the stand-alone BS in Biochemistry degree) is a superb preparation for medical school.

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APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Introduction to Computing 3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
or CS 1371 Computing for Engineers
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I 4
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II 4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Any SS 39
Core F - Courses Related to Major
CHEM 1211KChemical Principles I 4
CHEM 1212KChemical Principles II4
CHEM 2380Synthesis Laboratory I2
BIOL 1510Biological Principles 4
BIOL 1520Introduction to Organismal Biology4
Major Requirements
CHEM 2211Introduction to Quantitative Analysis3
CHEM 2311Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2312Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 2312 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3111Inorganic Chemistry II,Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 3211Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 3411Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3412Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 3511Biochemistry,Survey of Biochemistry3
or CHEM 4511 Biochemistry I
Pre-Health Option
Lab Electives: 16
Synthesis Laboratory II
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
Undergraduate Internship (Undergraduate Internship for Academic Credit)
Undergraduate Research
Intern Assistantship (Undergraduate Internship for Pay)
Undergraduate Research Assistantship
Technical electives 23
Pre-Health Electives:15
Funadmentals of Anatomy
Laboratory in Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Laboratory in Human Physiology
Human Neuroanatomy
Genetics Laboratory
Cell and Molecular Biology
Introductory Microbiology
Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
Cancer Biology and Biotechnology
Medical Microbiology
Developmental Biology,Developmental Genetics
Genetics of Complex Human Traits and Diseases
Immunology and Immunochemistry
Physiology of Cellular and Molecular Systems
Biophysical Chemistry
Drug Design, Development, and Delivery
Free Electives
Free Electives 49
Total Credit Hours122

  Lab Electives:
 Select two of three lab courses. The lab elective may be fulfilled with either CHEM 3380 (3 credits) or CHEM 3481 (2 credits) or one of the following [CHEM 4695 (3 credits) or CHEM 4699 (3 credits) or CHEM 4694 (no credit) or CHEM 4698 (no credit)].
Research or Internship Experience:
Either Undergraduate Research CHEM 4699
(3) or Undergraduate Internship CHEM 4695 (3) are acceptable. If research or an internship is conducted for pay / audit rather than credit (e.g., CHEM 4698 or CHEM 4694) ,
then additional free elective(s) may be substituted to achieve the required earned hours to graduate. The research or internship experience must include a final comprehensive
laboratory report. Only one Research or Internship course may be used for the Lab elective requirement. If CHEM 3481 is used, add one free elective.


 The technical elective requirement may be fulfilled by coursework in Science, Engineering, and Computing at the 3000 level or higher.

MATH 2551 or MATH 2552 may also be used for a Technical Elective. If a 4 credit hour course is used, one less free elective credit is required


 It is suggested students select pre-health preparation courses (SOC or PSYC).


 It is suggested students select pre-health preparation courses (APPH, BIOL, HTS, LMC, PSYC).

International Plan

The BS in Chemistry (International Plan) and BS in biochemistry (International Plan) are offered to undergraduate students seeking to understand their majors in a global perspective. Students in this program must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language; complete coursework in a country/regional elective, international relations, and global economics; and participate study or research abroad experience (usually in the junior year). While abroad, students are required to complete a supervised research experience with a faculty member in chemistry or biochemistry at the host institution. Upon successful completion of degree requirements for the International Plan, a "International Plan" designator is indicated on the diploma. If interested in participating in the International Plan as part of the BS in Chemistry or BS in Biochemistry, students should visit:

Research Option

The BS in Chemistry (Research Option) and BS in Biochemistry (Research Option) are offered for students who wish to participate in a research problem under the supervision of one of the fifty members of faculty and adjunct faculty in the School. Participants in the Research Option learn how to address a research problem from experiment design and execution to interpretation of results. There is an expectation that undergraduates who contribute to completed studies will be co-authors on submissions to high-quality scholarly journals. Research projects are available in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry) as well as highly interdisciplinary research areas, such as nanochemistry, polymer and materials chemistry, environmental chemistry and sensors, medicinal chemistry, molecular biophysics, and computational chemistry.

To participate in the Research Option in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, students should find a research project with a faculty member in the department and apply online via Successful completion of the Research Option requires the following:

Select one of the following Research Options: 19
Undergraduate Research Assistantship
LMC 4701Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing (complete during the first or second semester of research) 21
LMC 4702Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing (take during the term in which students complete their thesis) 31
Total Credit Hours11

supervised research with a chemistry or biochemistry faculty over three or more semesters


approval of this proposal on project by a committee of two or more faculty


submission of an approved thesis

Successful completion of the Research Option is noted on the student's transcript. Students completing this degree may pursue graduate studies in the chemical or biological sciences or research careers in industrial or governmental laboratories.