May 21, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry: Traditional Option, B.S.

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The Department of Chemistry offers the Bachelor of Science degree for students who intend to become professional chemists or do graduate work in chemistry or a closely related discipline. There are three options in the B.S. program: a traditional track covering all the major areas of chemistry, an option that emphasizes biochemistry and an option in materials chemistry. The Biochemistry and Traditional Options are certified by the American Chemical Society. A Bachelor of Arts degree program is offered as well for students who want greater flexibility in the selection of courses to perhaps pursue more diverse degree options, including dual and double majors. The Department also offers the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

123 hours (minimum)

Any student earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in natural, physical, mathematical, and computer science. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree , including a specific listing of courses applicable to the 60-hour requirement.

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 33

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

College Requirements

I. Foreign Language: 0-14

(placement exam recommended)

II. Disciplinary Requirements

a. Natural Science

(completed by Major Requirements)

b. Social Science: 3

c. Humanities: 3

III. Laboratory or Field Work

(completed by Premajor Requirement)

IV. Electives: 6

College Requirement hours: 12-26

Premajor hours: 18

Major Requirements

Other Course Work Required for the Major

From the Major Department:

  • Chemistry Major Field Options Credit(s): 6

Choose 6 hours from the following: up to 6 hours of CHE 395 , any CHE 500-level course except for those required (CHE 422 /CHE 532 /CHE 533 / [CHE 550  or CHE 552 ]).

From the Mathematics Department

From the Physics Department

*Course used towards completion of a UK Core Requirement.

Other Major hours: 23

Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 123

^Any language may be used to satisfy the College Foreign Language requirements - German is recommended.

Curriculum for B.S. in Chemistry Traditional Option

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Second Semester

  • Major Field Option Credit(s): 3
  • A&S Social Science Credit(s): 3
  • Electives Credit(s): 6
  •   Credit(s): 3


* Any foreign language sequence satisfying the College of Arts and Sciences requirement in foreign languages may be taken. German is recommended.

Certification Requirements

The B.S. degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

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