Chemistry B.S. – Biochemistry Emphasis (ACS Certified)

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Michael D. Mosher, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Ross Hall 3480

Telephone: 970.351.2559

Website: http://www.unco.edu/nhs/chemistry

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

This program is designed to give students a broad background in chemistry and biology. Students will have the opportunity to work with a faculty member on an independent research project in chemistry. Students receiving this degree can be certified by the American Chemical Society. See advisor for details.

Students graduating with this emphasis will be prepared to pursue graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, environmental health, professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related areas) or obtain an entry position within the chemical or biotechnological industry.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • All students in the program must take an assessment examination before graduation.
  • Students majoring in chemistry must earn a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable) in all courses having a CHEM prefix which count toward the major.

Program Recommendations:

  • Graduate level CHEM courses are recommended for juniors and seniors. Other recommended electives include MATH 221, MATH 335, STAT 150, PHYS 321 and PHYS 343.
  • It is recommended that students have a fundamental background in computers.
  • Juniors and seniors are required to participate in Chemistry and Biochemistry’s undergraduate research program.
  • Qualifying students may be eligible for a five-year program resulting in a B.S./M.S. degree. Consult your advisor early in your program for details.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 25 credits

LAC area 1.b. — Intermediate Composition

SCI 291Scientific Writing

3

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I

4

MATH 132Calculus II

4

LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

BIO 110Principles of Biology

4

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I

5

PHYS 240General Physics I

5

Remaining LAC — 15 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

NOTE: Students need to select courses from LAC areas 7 and 8 that also count for areas 3, 4, or 5.

2. Required Major — 69-70 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II

4

CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 321Chemical Analysis

4

CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II

4

CHEM 332LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 421Instrumental Analysis

4

CHEM 441Inorganic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 442Inorganic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 443Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 451Physical Chemistry I

4

CHEM 451LPhysical Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHEM 452Physical Chemistry II

4

CHEM 452LPhysical Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 481General Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 481LExperimental Biochemistry I

1

CHEM 482General Biochemistry II

3

CHEM 482LExperimental Biochemistry II

1

CHEM 499Seminar and Research in Chemistry

1 - 3

BIO 210Cell Biology

3

MATH 233Calculus III

4

PHYS 241General Physics II

5

CHEM 499: Take 2 credits

Take two of the following courses:

BIO 220Genetics

4

BIO 351Microbiology

4

BIO 450Cell Physiology

3

3. University-Wide Credits — 10-11 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 10-11 credits.

NOTE: Students wishing to participate in the Honors Program should consult their advisors about Liberal Arts Core selections and other requirements.