Undergraduate 2017-2018

Chemistry B.S. – Pre-Health Emphasis

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 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.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental,

Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary,

Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Pharmacy

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 21 credits

LAC area1b. — Intermediate Composition

SCI 291Scientific Writing


LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I


LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

BIO 110Principles of Biology


CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory


PHYS 220Introductory 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 — 52-53 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 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


BIO 210Cell Biology


PHYS 221Introductory Physics II


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 — 27-28 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 27-28 credits.

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