Degree Programs


The following undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the Department of Chemistry:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry

with the following concentrations:


All undergraduates are required to take the  General Education Core Courses.


Minor in Chemistry

Requirements for a Minor: 24 or More Semester Hours with a Minimum 8 Hours of Upper-Division Courses An undergraduate minor in chemistry must take a minimum of 24 hours of chemistry courses, 16 of which to be taken in sequence. These are CHEM 1110, 1111 (General Chemistry I and Lab), CHEM 1120, 1121 (General Chemistry II and Lab), CHEM 2010, 2011 (Organic Chemistry I and Lab), and CHEM 2020, 2021 (Organic Chemistry II and Lab). Honors sections of these courses will also satisfy the requirement. The remaining 8 hours of the minor must be on the 3000 or 4000 level (see below) in consultation with the advisor. If you intend to minor in chemistry, make sure you complete the Change of Major form indicating adding a Minor. Get the required approvals and submit to the University Admission and Records Office.

Chemistry Courses a minor must take (16 hours) in sequence:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 1110, 1111 General Chemistry I and Lab 3 and 1
CHEM 1120, 1121 General Chemistry II and Lab 3 and 1
CHEM 2010, 2011 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 3 and 1
CHEM 2020, 2021 Organic Chemistry II and Lab 3 and 1

8 Hours of Chemistry courses a minor also takes from the list of 3000-4000 level (Upper Division) courses shown below:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 3000 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 3410, 3411 General Biochemistry I and Lab 3 and 1
CHEM 3420 , 3421 General Biochermistry II and Lab 3 and 1
CHEM 3210, 3211 Physical Chemistry I and Lab 3 and 1
CHEM 3220, 3221 Physical Chemistry II and Lab 3 and 1
CHEM 4700, 4701 Biochemical Analysis and Lab 3 and 1
CHEM 4600 Spectroscopic Methods in Chemistry 3
CHEM 4100 Scientific Communication 2
CHEM 4910, 4920 Senior Seminar I and II 1 and 1


Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry

with the following concentrations:


Graduate Certificate Program in Biochemistry:  (18 Hours)

This is a 2-semester Certificate Program which requires 18 semester hours of courses, starting Fall 2019

In addition to the MS degree programs, the Chemistry department is has implemented a "mini-graduate" 1-year programs leading to the Certificate in Biochemistry.

Students in this certificate program must meet the same admission and performance standards as regular degree graduate students. The certificate program requires 18 credits (six courses), all of which are transferable to the appropriate master's degree program. Students may be admitted to study in a Graduate Certificate Program consisting of six courses. The student may not enroll in any other courses besides those that are part of the Certificate Program. Although courses in a Graduate Certificate Program can be credited towards a master's, there is no implication or promise that the student in a Certificate Program will be admitted to the master's program. The student's record must indicate that he/she has the necessary background to complete the courses satisfactorily. 

Requirements for Graduate Certificate Program in Biochemistry:

Minimum: 18 credits, 3.0 GPA

Core: 9 credits

  • CHEM 5410 Advanced Biochemistry I (Fall)
  • CHEM 5600 Spectroscopic Methods (Fall)
  • CHEM 6200 Biochemistry of Cellular Signal Transduction (Fall)


Electives: 9 Credits
Students can take any 3 courses from the following to fulfil certificate degree requirements.

  • CHEM 6800 Advanced Pharmacology (Spring)
  • CHEM 6500 Cancer Biochemistry and Biology (Spring)
  • CHEM 5420 Advanced Biochemistry II (Spring)
  • CHEM 6406  Special Topics in Biochemistry (Spring)
  • CHEM 5210 Advanced Organic Chemistry I


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