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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biochemistry, and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Chemistry. The BS degrees may have, but do not require a minor.  The BS in Chemistry degree includes the opportunity to obtain a minor in Secondary Education with Certification in Physical Science or Science. The BS degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society if the course of study is 43 Chemistry semester credit hours (BS Biochemistry) or 47 Chemistry semester credit hours (BS Chemistry) specified below, plus a minor, three semesters of Calculus, and two semesters of Calculus-based Physics.

Pre-Professional Career Advice

The BS Chemistry, BS Biochemistry, and the BA Chemistry degrees offer excellent preparation for students interested in careers in dentistry, forensic science, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.  Students interested in these professions should seek advice from the Pre-Professional Advisor in the Dean of Science Office prior to reaching 60 credit hours toward a degree.

Five-Year Bachelor of Science-Master of Science Program

The curriculum for the BS degree in Chemistry can be completed in three and one-half years. After admission to the Graduate School of the University, it is possible to obtain the MS degree at the end of the fifth year of study in chemistry. Qualified students should consult an academic advisor about the course of study for this program before reaching 60 undergraduate semester credit hours.

Bachelor of Science Degree with Departmental Honors in Chemistry

A candidate for Departmental Honors in chemistry must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in Chemistry upon reaching 60 semester credit hours, and, must maintain these minimum GPA levels until graduation.  The principal requirement for Departmental Honors will be the satisfactory completion of an Undergraduate Honors Thesis based on research in Chemistry or Biochemistry conducted under the direction of a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry or a suitable faculty member from another department of the University.  Designation of Departmental Honors in Chemistry will be conferred by the Chair of the Department upon recommendation of the Thesis-Research Director and Departmental Honors Committee.  Other faculty and outside referees may be consulted if it is deemed to be appropriate.  The candidate for Departmental Honors must request approval of candidacy from the Chair after reaching 60 credit hours and before reaching 90 credit hours toward the degree.  The Department of Chemistry reserves the right to accept or not accept a qualified student taking into consideration the number of applicants, the number of available faculty, and the competence of an individual student.  The accepted Honors candidate will enroll in CHEM 4176 or CHEM 4376 during both semesters of the senior year and will have accumulated a total of six (6) hours of CHEM 4176 and CHEM 4376 credit on completion of the Honors program.  Other regulations and procedures for the Honors designation are available from the Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Advising and Placement

All students majoring in Chemistry are required to consult with and have their semester enrollment approved by an advisor in the Department of Chemistry before every enrollment.  For additional information about advisors and advising in chemistry see  For advising in secondary education see or contact the College of Science, 915-747-5536.

Any entering freshman students with at least one year of high school chemistry with an A or B in Chemistry can receive Credit by Examination for CHEM 1305 by achieving a score of 80 or above on an Examination administered by the Department of Chemistry covering the content of this course. 

An entering freshman student with two years of high school Chemistry with grades of A or B can receive Credit by Examination for CHEM 1305 and CHEM 1306 by achieving a scores of 80 or above on Examinations administered by the Department of Chemistry covering the content of these two courses. 


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