Chemistry - American Chemical Society Certified Concentration

The American Chemical Society-certified chemistry major strengthens your understanding of chemistry principles for a career or graduate school. ACS certification tells employers and graduate schools your classroom and laboratory coursework meets rigorous, up-to-date standards.

Ready for Anything

You gain a foundation in chemistry’s five areas — analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biochemistry. With that background, you learn how to ask — and answer — thoughtful questions about chemistry in the world around you. Courses introduce you to research as early as your freshman year with opportunities to participate in faculty-mentored projects. You can continue research year-round through labs, independent studies and summer grants.  These projects could make a difference in agriculture, medicine and the environment.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty starting your freshman year, as the department boasts a 2:1 faculty-freshman major ratio
  • Hands-on experience using state-of-the-art lab equipment
  • A senior research project that allows you to explore a topic of interest
  • Opportunities to publish research with faculty and present your work at local, regional and national conferences
  • Networking and professional growth through weekly seminars, departmental employment, the Chem Club and Chem Demo Crew

Making your Mark

An ACS-certified chemistry major is valuable for careers in private industries, government or academia. You can work in quality control, research and development, manufacturing or sales and marketing. Recent graduates found jobs at places such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, St. Louis Metropolitan Crime Laboratory, Emerald Performance Materials and Exelon Energy. Others attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, University of Iowa and the University of California-Riverside. Graduates interested in further studies pursued Ph.Ds at the University of Illinois, University of Iowa and the University of California-Riverside.

Major Requirements

Chem/Biochem Common Requirements

Required Courses - 49-50 hrs.

  • CHM 110: General Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111: General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 116: General Chemistry II - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 117: General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 252: Organic Chemistry I - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 253: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 256: Organic Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 257: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hr.
  • CHM 292: Chemical Informatics - 1 hr.
  • CHM 326: Analytical Chemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 360: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 380: Seminar I in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0 hr.
  • CHM 386: Seminar II in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0.5 hrs.
  • CHM 470: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 480: Seminar III in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0.5 hrs.
  • BIO 151: Molecules to Cells - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 152: Molecules to Cells Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • PHY 110: University Physics I - 4 hrs.
    and PHY 201: University Physics II - 4 hrs.
    or PHY 107: General Physics I - 4 hrs.
    and 108: General Physics II - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 121: Calculus I - 4 hrs.
    and MTH 122: Calculus II - 4 hrs.
    or MTH 115: Brief Calculus With Applications I - 4 hrs.
    and MTH 116: Brief Calculus With Applications II - 3 hrs.

Concentration Requirements

Required Courses - 14 hrs.

  • CHM 361: Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 412: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
  • CHM 420: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 436: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 437: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 471: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 476: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses - 6 hrs.

  • *CHM 299: Directed Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0-6 hrs.
  • CHM 326: Analytical Chemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 332: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 360: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 361: Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 380: Seminar I in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0 hrs.
  • CHM 386: Seminar II in Chemistry and Biochemistry - .5 hrs.
  • CHM 412: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
  • CHM 414: Chemical Group Theory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 416: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 420: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 436: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 437: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 440: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • *CHM 441: Materials Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 450: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 462: Protein Structure and Function - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 466: Intermediary Metabolism - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 470: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 471: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 476: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 480: Seminar III in Chemistry and Biochemistry - .5 hrs.
  • *CHM 499: Directed Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0-6 hrs.
  • CHM 500: Chemical Topics - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 512: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
  • CHM 514: Chemical Group Theory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 516: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 520: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 522: Clinical Chemistry - 2 hrs.
  • CHM 524: Fundamentals of Separation Science - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 526: Advanced Analytical Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 528: Topics in Analytical Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 532: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 536: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 537: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 538: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 540: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 541: Materials Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 548: Topics in Materials Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 550: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 552: Physical Organic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 554: Organic Spectroscopy - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 555: Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 558: Topics in Organic Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 560: Principles of Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 561: Principles of Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 562: Protein Structure and Function - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 564: Biochemical Literature - 1-2 hrs.
  • CHM 566: Intermediary Metabolism - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 568: Selected Topics in Biochemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 570: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 571: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 576: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 578: Topics in Physical Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 580: Literature Seminar in Chemistry & Biochemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 584: Readings in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 599: Research - 0-8 hrs.
  • CHM 680: Literature Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 682: Thesis Research Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 686: Literature Review - 1 hr.
  • CHM 697: Research - 0-10 hrs.
  • CHM 699: Thesis - 0-1 hrs.
  • *LAS 301: Internship in LAS - 0-9 hrs. 

*At least two of the six credits must be from one of these courses.