Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Polymer Option

The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a vibrant program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students to study fundamental areas of chemistry while tailoring their degree with technical and free electives to produce a well-rounded experience in preparation for a variety of career opportunities. Students may pursue tailored tracks towards the BS in Chemistry, including those allowing specialization in: pre-health science, biochemistry, business, polymers, and materials options. There are also tremendous opportunities to gain valuable research experience in state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition to coursework requirements, students in the program often participate in a variety of experiential programs, including: undergraduate research, Cooperative work, study abroad, summer internship, and serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant.

Faculty in the school are committed to undergraduate education and several have won awards for excellence in teaching. With a faculty to student ratio of approximately 1:6, the School prides itself on the close contact that it maintains with its undergraduate students. The high quality of the curriculum and faculty is part of the reason chemistry graduates receive job offers at the highest salary levels for BS chemists. Graduates of the BS in Chemistry pursue careers such diverse field as forensics, environmental science, nanoscience, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals in industry or governmental organizations; or they may continue their education in the chemical or biological sciences, or in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and law. Chemistry, especially with the biochemistry option (or the stand-alone BS in Biochemistry degree) is a superb preparation for medical school.

Chemistry Website

APPH 1040Sci Foundation of Health2
or APPH 1050 Sci of Phys Act & Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Intro to Computing 3
or CS 1315 Intro Media Computation
or CS 1371 Computing for Engineers
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Intro Physics I 4
PHYS 2212Intro Physics II 4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Intro to Linear Algebra 52
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
American Government
Government of the U.S.
US Constitutional Issues
Any SS9
Core F - Courses Related to Major
CHEM 1211KChemical Principles I 4
CHEM 1212KChemical Principles II4
CHEM 2380Synthesis Lab I2
MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus4
BIOL 1510Biological Principles 4
Major Requirements
CHEM 2214Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 2311Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2312Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 2313 Organic/Bioorganic Chem
CHEM 3111Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 3211Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 3380Synthesis Lab II3
CHEM 3411Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3412Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 3481Physical Chem Lab I 2
Polymer Option
Research Experience 22
Co-op Work Assignment
Intern Assistantship
Undergraduate Internship
Research Assistantship
Undergraduate Research
Professional Internship
CHEM 3511Survey of Biochemistry 3
or CHEM 4511 Biochemistry I
or CHEM 4512 Biochemistry II
CHEM 4775Polymer Science & Engr I3
CHEM 4776Polymer Science& Engr II3
Select one of the following: 33
Physical Chem Lab II
Adv Organic Chem
Applied Spectroscopy
Molecular Spectroscopy
Solid State Chemistry
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Biophysical Chemistry
Biochemistry Lab I
Chemistry Seminar
3000-level Technical Electives 1,33
Free Electives
Free Electives 3,413
Total Credit Hours122

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives.


Must be a 3000-level course from CHBE or MSE.


  If CHEM 4694,CHEM 4698, COOP 4000, or INTN 4000 are selected, then 2 hours of free electives must be taken.


 Courses may be applied toward completion of a minor.


 VIP courses may be used only as free electives.


 MATH 1554 or MATH 1564 may be used in place of MATH 1553.

International Plan

The BS in Chemistry (International Plan) and BS in biochemistry (International Plan) are offered to undergraduate students seeking to understand their majors in a global perspective. Students in this program must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language; complete coursework in a country/regional elective, international relations, and global economics; and participate study or research abroad experience (usually in the junior year). While abroad, students are required to complete a supervised research experience with a faculty member in chemistry or biochemistry at the host institution. Upon successful completion of degree requirements for the International Plan, a "International Plan" designator is indicated on the diploma. If interested in participating in the International Plan as part of the BS in Chemistry or BS in Biochemistry, students should visit:

Research Option

The BS in Chemistry (Research Option) and BS in Biochemistry (Research Option) are offered for students who wish to participate in a research problem under the supervision of one of the fifty members of faculty and adjunct faculty in the School. Participants in the Research Option learn how to address a research problem from experiment design and execution to interpretation of results. There is an expectation that undergraduates who contribute to completed studies will be co-authors on submissions to high-quality scholarly journals. Research projects are available in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry) as well as highly interdisciplinary research areas, such as nanochemistry, polymer and materials chemistry, environmental chemistry and sensors, medicinal chemistry, molecular biophysics, and computational chemistry.

To participate in the Research Option in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, students should find a research project with a faculty member in the department and apply online via Successful completion of the Research Option requires the following:

Select one of the following Research Options: 19
Research Assistantship
LMC 4701US Rsch Proposal Writing (complete during the first or second semester of research) 21
LMC 4702US Rsch Thesis Writing (take during the term in which students complete their thesis) 31
Total Credit Hours11

supervised research with a chemistry or biochemistry faculty over three or more semesters


approval of this proposal on project by a committee of two or more faculty


submission of an approved thesis

Successful completion of the Research Option is noted on the student's transcript. Students completing this degree may pursue graduate studies in the chemical or biological sciences or research careers in industrial or governmental laboratories.