Undergraduate 2017-2018

Chemistry B.S. – Chemistry 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 and an in-depth foundation in chemistry. Students will 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 are prepared to pursue graduate study in chemistry, professional schools (e.g., chemical engineering, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health sciences) or an entry-level position with a chemical or petroleum company.

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 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.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 21 credits

LAC Area 1.b. — Intermediate Composition

SCI 291Scientific Writing


LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I


MATH 132Calculus II


LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory


PHYS 240General Physics I


Remaining LAC — 19 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 — 54-55 credits

Take all of the following courses:

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 421Instrumental Analysis


CHEM 441Inorganic Chemistry I


CHEM 442Inorganic Chemistry II


CHEM 443Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory


CHEM 451Physical Chemistry I


CHEM 451LPhysical Chemistry I Laboratory


CHEM 452Physical Chemistry II


CHEM 452LPhysical Chemistry II Laboratory


CHEM 499Seminar and Research in Chemistry

1- 3

MATH 233Calculus III


PHYS 241General Physics II


CHEM 499: Take 2 credits

Choose one of the following options:

CHEM 381Principles of Biochemistry


CHEM 381LPrinciples of Biochemistry Lab



CHEM 481General Biochemistry I


3. University-Wide Credits — 25-26 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 25-26 credits.

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