Chemistry, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Chemistry

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Undergraduate Degree Programs in Chemistry

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry will supply, upon request, a brochure showing recommended semester-by-semester programs for the completion of the curriculum.

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 required major and supporting course work: Minimum required major and supporting course work normally equates to 48-51 hours including at least 30 hours in Chemistry or Biochemistry courses. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in in Chemistry and/or Biochemistry must be taken on this campus. Transfer credit in chemistry must be approved by an adviser in chemistry in order to be included in the 30 hours.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Chemistry and biochemistry courses including: 1, 222-26
First Semester Success in Chemistry 3
Physical Chemistry Principles
Physical Chemistry I
Two other 300- or 400-level courses, at least one of which must be outside physical chemistry.4-8
MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
Select one of the following:8-10
College Physics: Mech & Heat
and College Physics: E&M & Modern
University Physics: Mechanics
and University Physics: Elec & Mag