Program Overview

Chemistry is the study of the energetics, composition, properties, structure and reactions of matter. A student earning a B.S. Chemistry degree will learn to think creatively, to analyze data, to utilize instrumentation, and to understand human interaction with the material world from multiple perspectives.

The chemistry major provides students with a broad introduction to the discipline of chemistry combined with detailed exploration of at least one area of interest. The chemistry major prepares students to apply scientific methodology to solve chemical problems, to relate chemistry to their daily life and environment, to think critically and quantitatively, and to understand the experimental methods, techniques and instrumentation used in chemistry.

Earning a B.S. degree in chemistry can be a natural pathway to a wide variety of career choices. Some of these career options are lab intensive positions such as research, analytical and product chemists. Others options that are outside of the typical lab oriented positions would be careers in sales, marketing and management. The B.S. chemistry degree can also be a stepping stone towards careers that require more advanced degrees such as teaching chemistry at a university level, medicine, law, pharmacy or dentistry.

In addition to the overall university graduation requirements, the B.S. Chemistry major requires each student to complete 64 credits in the major, including at least 25 upper division Chemistry credits, at least 25 Metropolitan State University credits and at least 6 upper division lab credits as part of the chemistry electives. Students must also complete the Chemistry program exit interview and assessment test during their final semester of classes before graduation.

All prerequisite and required courses must be completed with grades of C- or above. Transfer coursework equivalency is determined by the Natural Sciences Department. All courses listed in the primary and secondary set of required courses must include at least one credit of professionally supervised laboratory experience with standard undergraduate laboratory equipment and materials. Lower-division (100- and 200-level) courses cannot be used to fulfill elective requirements of the major.

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Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Chemistry BS major, students must submit a College of Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the Primary Set of Required Courses is completed. Students will need to complete an online Chemistry Majors' Declaration Survey and Assessment upon declaring their major.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Elective Courses

An additional 18 credits of upper-division chemistry courses chosen from the list of courses below or other approved 300- or 400-level chemistry courses (see advisor for details). Five credits must be chosen from Category 1 courses, five credits must be chosen from Category 2 courses, and the remaining six credits may come from Category 1, Category 2, or Category 3 courses. A total of six lab credits must be earned in the elective courses. A total of five credits may be earned for CHEM 489 Research and CHEM 350I Internship combined.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Chemistry Prerequisites Courses

  • One of the following classes is required:
    • MATH 115 College Algebra
      4 credits

      This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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    • MATH 120 Precalculus
      4 credits

      This course is designed to prepare students for calculus. Topics include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; the algebra of functions; multiple function representations; and an introduction to analytic geometry.

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Requirements ( 120 total credits)

Chemistry Required Courses: Primary (8 credits)

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Chemistry Required Courses Secondary (36 credits)

This set of required coursework for the major can be done at any time. Check for prerequisites for each class.

  • MATH 210 Calculus I
    4 credits

    Since its beginnings, calculus has demonstrated itself to be one of humankind's greatest intellectual achievements. This versatile subject has proven useful in solving problems ranging from physics and astronomy to biology and social science. Through a conceptual and theoretical framework this course covers topics in differential calculus including limits, derivatives, derivatives of transcendental functions, applications of differentiation, L'Hopital's rule, implicit differentiation, and related rates.

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  • MATH 211 Calculus II
    4 credits

    This is a continuation of Math 210 Calculus I and a working knowledge of that material is expected. Through a conceptual and theoretical framework this course covers the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, applications of integration, numerical methods for evaluating integrals, techniques of integration and series.

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Category 1: Biochemistry, Medicinal and Biochemistry

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Category 2: Analytical, Environmental and Inorganic Chemistry

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Category 3: Other course offerings

  • CHEM 350I Chemistry Internship
    0 credits

    Students obtain internships in selected areas of study to gain deeper understand of knowledge, skills and the context of a given field. Site supervisors give guidance and direction to customized internship projects. Faculty members serve as liaisons between the internship sites and the university, providing information to students and potential supervisors and supervising the learning experience. Students should contact the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) at Metropolitan State University for more information.

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