Chemistry, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Specialized Curriculum)

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Undergraduate Degree Programs in Chemistry

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Specialized Curriculum)

Specialized Curriculum

The typical program of courses required to satisfy this degree totals 128-134 hours; in no case will a program totaling less than 120 hours qualify for graduation. Graduation requires grade point averages of at least 2.0 overall and 2.0 in chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. The Department of Chemistry will supply, upon request, a brochure showing recommended semester-by-semester programs for the completion of the curriculum.

Students in the specialized curriculum in Chemistry must include a course in Biochemistry in the Advanced Hours area or the Technical Elective area to be certified by the American Chemical Society as having met its specifications.

Departmental distinction: Students qualify for graduation with distinction by exhibiting superior performance in both course work and in senior thesis research. To be eligible, a student must have a UIUC coursework major grade point average of 3.25, must take CHEM 499 (normally for two semesters) and submit a senior thesis for evaluation, and must have their undergraduate research advisor submit to the department Head a letter of support attesting to the effort invested by the student. The minimum major GPAs for Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction are 3.25, 3.5, and 3.75, respectively. Final decisions on awarding Distinction honors will be made by the Head or designee.


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Core Chemistry 137
First Semester Success in Chemistry 2
Accelerated Chemistry I
Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
Accelerated Chemistry II
Accelerated Chemistry Lab II 3
Fundamental Organic Chem I
Structure and Synthesis
Inorganic Chemistry
Instrumental Chem Systems Lab
Instrumental Characterization
Fundamental Organic Chem II
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Principles Lab I
Advanced Chemistry11
Chemistry/Biochemistry courses numbered 300 or higher, which must include one from the following:
Inorganic Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry Lab
Physical Principles Lab II 4
Additional laboratory work:
Technqs Biochem & Biotech
Inorganic Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry Lab
Physical Principles Lab II
Solid State Structural Anlys 5
Additional chemistry/biochemistry courses to complete the 11-hour requirement in advanced chemistry
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Physics: 110
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
Technical Electives, including the following14
Required Mathematics:
Introductory Matrix Theory 6
Applied Linear Algebra
MATH 285 or equivalent
Strongly Recommended:
Senior Thesis (maximum of 10 hours)
Recommended: basic computer science
Other technical courses chosen from:14
Chemistry (300 or higher), biochemistry, chemical engineering (200 or higher)
Courses in life sciences (all courses at 200 or higher)
Mathematics or computer science above the basic level
Other courses in the physical and biological sciences and engineering including CHEM 199 7
Nontechnical Requirements 8Variable
General education:
Foreign language - three semesters of college study (or three years of high school study) in a single foreign language
Composition I
Advanced Composition 9
Humanities/Arts to satisfy the campus general education requirements
Social/Behavioral sciences to satisfy the campus general education requirements
Cultural Studies to satisfy the campus general education requirement 10
Free electives 1130