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Bachelor of Science (Chemistry Major)

The following is a summary from the current University of Memphis Undergraduate Catalog. To view the degree requirements from an earlier catalog, click here.

Approved descriptions for all chemistry courses are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog. More details can be found by clicking on links in the list below.

The major requires 32 hours in chemistry courses, 10 - 12 hours in mathematics courses, and 8 hours in physics courses as listed below.  This degree is recommended for students interested in teaching high school chemistry or pursuing entry level positions in the chemical industry.  It also offers the minimum coverage expected for admission to most graduate programs in chemistry.

  • CHEM 1110 & 1111: General Chemistry 1 Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 1120 & 1121: General Chemistry 2 Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 3111: Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3211 & 3201: Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 3310 & 3301: Foundations of Organic Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 3411: Foundations of Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 3511 & 3501: Foundations of Bio-organic Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 4999: Senior Survey
  • Eight additional upper division semester hours in CHEM courses
  • MATH 1910: Calculus 1
  • MATH 1920: Calculus 2 
  • One of the following courses: MATH 2110 (Calculus 3), 4611 (Intro. to Applied Statistics), or COMP 1900 (Intro. to Computer Science)
  • PHYS 2110 & 2111 (Strongly recommended) or PHYS 2010 & 2011: General Physics I Lecture and Laboratory
  • PHYS 2120 & 2121 (Recommended) or PHYS 2020 & 2021: General Physics II Lecture and Laboratory

Graduates must also satisfy the University General Education requirements and College requirements for the B. S. degree.