Chemistry (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (CHM BS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Chemistry

Program Information

The BS in Chemistry degree program is designed to prepare professional chemists for industrial, governmental, academic, and research positions. This curriculum meets approved requirements for professional training.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements13-15
Program/Major Requirements 141
Track Requirements34-51
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Early Start Program (Jointly with the College of Education and Human Development)

The Master of Arts in Teaching program in conjunction with the undergraduate programs in Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics offers a comprehensive and professionally-focused program leading to an additional degree of MAT Middle or Secondary Education. This early start program enables superior students to receive two degrees within five years. A total of 148 credits are required for the dual degrees: 121 credits of coursework devoted toward the baccalaureate degree and 36 credits toward the MAT, with nine hours double-counted. This program will be available for students who are entering their junior year. They may take graduate level courses in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) in their 4th year of study.

The current qualifications for the joint degree program have been agreed upon by discipline faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development. The criteria vary by discipline. Students enrolling in the accelerated program will be non-thesis students and must adhere to all policies pertaining to Graduate Students. All interested students must submit an application to the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) MAT program and meet the admission criteria.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the major in Chemistry requires completion of CHEM 202 (or equivalent course from another institution) with a grade of C or better. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S3
CHEM 207Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL1
MATH 205Calculus I - QR4
PHYS 221Fundamentals of Physics I - S (Business track))1-3
or PHYS 295 Introductory Laboratories I - SL

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree. To complete the Business track in the minimum number of hours listed, some hours from the General Education Requirements must be satisfied by courses defined by the unit and/or program. 

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 16-8
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences at the 300-level or above 26
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Chemistry
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S 43
CHEM 202General Chemistry II - S3
CHEM 207Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 41
CHEM 208Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL1
CHEM 209Introduction to Chemical Analysis III1
CHEM 210Introduction to Chemical Analysis IV1
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 470Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 527Introduction to Separations and Spectroscopy 3
Supporting Courses
MATH 205Calculus I - QR 44
MATH 206Calculus II4
Complete one of the following sequences:8-10
Sequence 1:
Fundamentals of Physics I - S 4
Fundamentals of Physics II - S
Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL
Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL
Sequence 2:
Introductory Laboratories I - SL 4
Introductory Laboratories II - SL
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S 4
Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light
Track Requirements34-51
Minimum Total Hours75-92
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Practicum in Chemistry Education
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I

Includes some credit for courses in the major, or in supporting courses, that meet General Education requirements.

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Track Requirements

Students completing the BS in Chemistry may pursue the standard degree track or a specialized track in Biochemistry or a track in Business. Requirements for all three of these options are listed below.

Chemistry BS (CHM BS)

Department of Chemistry
CHEM 425Instrumental and Statistical Analysis3
CHEM 465Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 466Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 445Survey of Biochemistry3
or CHEM 545 Biochemistry I
CHEM 515Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 528Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I 3
CHEM 529Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis II3
Undergraduate Research or Cooperative Internship3
Supporting Courses
MATH 301Calculus III4
Elective in Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry at 300 level or above 13
Elective in Natural Sciences Division, other than Chemistry, at the 300 level or above3
Minimum Total Hours34

Track in Biochemistry (CHM BS BIO)

This degree track is designed to prepare students for a career that combines both chemistry and modern biology.

Department of Chemistry
CHEM 465Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 466Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 545Biochemistry I3
CHEM 547Biochemistry II3
CHEM 546Biochemistry Laboratory2
Undergraduate Research or Cooperative Internship3
Supporting Courses
BIOL 240Unity of Life - S3
BIOL 242Diversity of Life3
BIOL 329Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 330Genetics and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 331Genetics and Molecular Biology: Laboratory2
CHEM or BIOL electives - see table below (at least 3 hours of which must be in Chemistry) 34-6
MATH 301Calculus III4
Minimum Total Hours39-41

Chemistry or Biology Electives

BIOL 357General Microbiology3
or BIOL 485 Microbial Physiology
BIOL 358Microbiology Laboratory1
BIOL 400Histology4
BIOL 465Principles of Physiology3
BIOL 541Medicinal Plant Biochemistry 3
BIOL 542Gene Structure and Function 3
CHEM 425Instrumental and Statistical Analysis3
CHEM 430Practicum in Chemistry Education 1
CHEM 515Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 528Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I 3
CHEM 529Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis II3
CHEM 557Bio-Organic Phenomena3

Track in Business (CHM BS BUS)

This degree track combines a general program in chemistry with a fundamental program in business. The curriculum is designed to prepare chemists for industrial and governmental positions.

Department of Chemistry
CHEM 441Elements of Physical Chemistry3
or CHEM 465 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM electives at 300 level or above (other than Independent Study) 315
Supporting Courses
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics - SB3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics - SB3
CIS 250Introduction to Data and Information Management3
CIS 300Computer Information Systems3
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Statistics (previously BSTA 201)
Statistics for Psychology
Introduction to Social Statistics
MGMT 301Management and Organizational Behavior3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
FIN 301Corporate Finance3
Elective in the School of Business at the 300-level or above3
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (For students admitted Summer 2014 or later)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following approved CUE courses:
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Practicum in Chemistry Education
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I
Minimum Total Hours51

Chemistry Electives

CHEM 425Instrumental and Statistical Analysis3
CHEM 430Practicum in Chemistry Education 1
CHEM 445Survey of Biochemistry 43
CHEM 515Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 528Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I 3
CHEM 529Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis II3
CHEM 545Biochemistry I 43
CHEM 546Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 547Biochemistry II3
CHEM 557Bio-Organic Phenomena3
CHEM 390Undergraduate Research 3
CHEM 391Undergraduate Research 1-3
CHEM 392Undergraduate Research 1-3
CHEM 491Undergraduate Research 1-3
CHEM 492Undergraduate Research1-3
CHEM 420Cooperative Internship in Chemistry 1-3

Flight Plan


Chemistry

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Historical Perspectives - SBH 3
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Comunication - OC 3
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
CHEM 210 Introduction to Chemical Analysis IV 1
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
Foreign Language 1 3-4
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics I - S 3
PHYS 223 Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL 1
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
 Hours16-17
Spring
Foreign Language 2 3-4
MATH 301 Calculus III 4
PHYS 222 Fundamentals of Physics II - S 3
PHYS 224 Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL 1
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
 Hours16-17
Year 3
Fall
CHEM 425 Instrumental and Statistical Analysis 3
CHEM 465 Physical Chemistry I 3
Chemistry Undergraduate Research or Co-Op 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
CHEM 445
Survey of Biochemistry
or Biochemistry I
3
CHEM 466 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 470 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
General Elective 3
 Hours14
Year 4
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral US Diversity - SBD1 3
Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Math, Physics, or Chemistry Elecitve (300 level or above) 3
CHEM 527 Introduction to Separations and Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 515 Inorganic Chemistry 3
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Elective 3
Humanities or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
CHEM 528 Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I 3
CHEM 529 Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis II 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

Track in Biochemistry

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
BIOL 240 Unity of Life - S 3
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
BIOL 242 Diversity of Life 3
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
CHEM 210 Introduction to Chemical Analysis IV 1
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics I - S 3
PHYS 223 Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL 1
BIOL 329 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
 Hours16
Spring
MATH 301 Calculus III 4
PHYS 222 Fundamentals of Physics II - S 3
PHYS 224 Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL 1
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 330 Genetics and Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 331 Genetics and Molecular Biology: Laboratory 2
CHEM 465 Physical Chemistry I 3
Historical Perspectives-SBH 3
Chemistry Undergraduate Research or Co-op (CUE) 3
 Hours14
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral US Diversity - SBD1 3
Foreign Language 1 4
CHEM 466 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 470 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
Foreign Language 2 4
CHEM 527 Introduction to Separations and Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 545 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 546 Biochemistry Laboratory 2
 Hours15
Spring
CHEM 547 Biochemistry II 3
Chemistry Elective 3
Biology or Chemistry Elective 3
Humanities or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121

Track in Business

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics - SB 3
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics - SB 3
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
CHEM 210 Introduction to Chemical Analysis IV 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Historical Perspectives - SBH 3
 Hours18
Year 2
Fall
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics I - S 3
PHYS 223 Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL 1
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
 Hours16
Spring
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
CIS 250 Introduction to Data and Information Management 3
PHYS 222 Fundamentals of Physics II - S 3
PHYS 224 Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL 1
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
CIS 300 Computer Information Systems 3
MGMT 201 Business Statistics 3
CHEM 441
Elements of Physical Chemistry
or Physical Chemistry I
3
 Hours15-16
Spring
Foreign Language 2 3-4
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
MGMT 301 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
CHEM 470 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
Chemistry Elective 3
Chemistry Elective 3
 Hours17-18
Year 4
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
CHEM 527 Introduction to Separations and Spectroscopy 3
Chemistry Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring
CHEM 528 Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I (or Undergraduate Research - CUE) 3
Chemistry Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
FIN 301 Corporate Finance 3
Business Elective (300 level) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours126-128

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