Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Chemistry B.S. – Pre-Health Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Hua Zhao, 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.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

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

Program Description:

This program offers training in chemistry, mathematics and physics with a broad base in biological sciences and biochemistry. It provides a solid foundation in chemistry and biological sciences for those students planning to pursue professional studies in dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine.

Students completing this degree emphasis will meet the prerequisites to the professional schools listed above. Acceptance into these schools is competitive and students should register with and be advised by a faculty member in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Students completing this degree emphasis who wish to pursue graduate study in chemistry may be required to complete additional coursework in physical chemistry and/or mathematics depending on the entrance requirements of the specific graduate school.

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.
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements.  Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.

Program Recommendations:

  • Graduate level CHEM courses are recommended for juniors and seniors. Other recommended electives include MATH 132, 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 expected 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.

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental,

Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary,

Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Pharmacy

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 74 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

SCI 291 (3) is recommended to fulfill the Intermediate Writing Course in the Written Communication requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

MATH 131 (4) is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

CHEM 111 (4), CHEM 111L (1), and BIO 110 (4) are recommended to fulfill Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 74 credits

Take all of the following courses:

BIO 110Biology: Atoms to CellsLAS1LASL


BIO 210Cell Biology


CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry ILAS1


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I LaboratoryLAS1LASL


CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II


CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory


CHEM 321Chemical Analysis


CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I


CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory


CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II


CHEM 332LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory


CHEM 441Inorganic Chemistry I


CHEM 450Survey of Physical Chemistry


CHEM 450LSurvey of Physical Chemistry Laboratory


CHEM 481General Biochemistry I


CHEM 481LExperimental Biochemistry I


CHEM 482General Biochemistry II


CHEM 482LExperimental Biochemistry II


MATH 131Calculus ILAX1


PHYS 220Introductory Physics ILAS1LASL


PHYS 221Introductory Physics II


SCI 291Scientific WritingLAW2


Choose two of the following courses:

BIO 341Human Anatomy


BIO 350Human Physiology


BIO 351Microbiology


Choose one course from the CS or STAT prefixes (3 credits)

Any CS or STAT prefix course

3. University-Wide Credits — 15 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 15 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.

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