Academic Catalog 2021-2022

American Chemical Society (ACS) Major

Major Requirements

The department also offers an American Chemical Society (ACS) major in chemistry, which is of value for students pursuing a career in chemistry and/or an advanced degree in chemistry or a related field. Within the ACS major students may choose to focus on various concentrations. The concentrations available are called traditional, biochemistry or neurochemistry. Students typically choose an ACS major with the traditional concentration if they are interested in a professional career in chemistry or an allied field. Students specifically interested in working in the area of neuroscience or biochemistry are encouraged to consider these concentrations.

The requirements for an ACS major in chemistry are 62 to 70 credits:

General Training
CHEM 127
CHEM 128
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
MATH 121
MATH 122
Calculus I
and Calculus II
8
Select one of the following:8
General College Physics I
and General College Physics II
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
and Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
CHEM 330Analytical Chemistry I4
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 351Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 373Biochemistry I4
CHEM 462Advanced Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 403
CHEM 404
Senior Seminar I
and Senior Seminar II
2
Concentration
Select a concentration from Traditional, Biochemistry or Neurochemistry14-23
Total Hours64-73

Concentrations for an American Chemical Society (ACS) Major in Chemistry

Traditional Concentration

In-depth Training

CHEM 352Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 397ACS Research0
CHEM 431Analytical Chemistry II4
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Spectroscopy
Biochemistry II
Organic Chemistry III
Neurochemistry
Total Hours12

Biochemistry Concentration

BIOL 121Cell Biology4
CHEM 374Biochemistry II4
CHEM 398ACS Research0
CHEM/NEU 475Neurochemistry4
4 additional credits from biology4
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Spectroscopy
Physical Chemistry II
Analytical Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry III
Total Hours20

Neurochemistry Concentration

CHEM 374Biochemistry II4
CHEM 398ACS Research0
CHEM/NEU 475Neurochemistry4
NEU 109Introduction to Neuroscience4
NEU 252Physical Neuroscience4
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Spectroscopy
Physical Chemistry II
Analytical Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry III
Total Hours20

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.