Bachelor of Science (Chemistry Major)

This degree is recommended for students interested in teaching high school chemistry or pursuing entry level positions in the chemical industry. It offers the minimum coverage expected for admission to most graduate programs in chemistry.

The following is a summary from the current University of Memphis Undergraduate Catalog. Degree requirements from earlier catalogs are valid for seven years. The last date to graduate under the 2015 catalog is August 2022.

Approved descriptions for all courses in the list below can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisites are strictly enforced, and these courses may not be repeated more than three times to earn the minimum required grade of "C-".

The major requires 36 hours in chemistry courses, 10 - 12 hours in mathematics courses, 8 hours in physics courses and one upper division ethics course as listed below. Graduates must complete the General Education Program (30 hours in addition to the science and math courses in the program) and elective credits to bring the total to 120 hours, with at least 42 hours at the upper division.

An ACT MATH sub-score of at least 24, or credit for MATH 1710: College Algebra or higher, is required to register for CHEM 1110. An ACT MATH sub-score of at least 26, or credit for MATH 1720: Trigonometry or MATH 1730: Pre-Calculus, is required to register for MATH 1910.

  • 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 (or MATH 1830 and MATH 1900)
  • MATH 1920: Calculus 2 
  • One of the following courses: MATH 2110 (Calculus 3), 4611 (Intro. to Applied Statistics), COMP 1900 (Intro. to Computer Science) or other approved MATH course
  • One of PHIL 3512, 3514, or 3515 or other approved upper division ethics course
  • PHYS 2110 & 2111: Physics for Sci/Eng 1 (or PHYS 2010 & 2011: General Physics 1), Lecture and Laboratory
  • PHYS 2120 & 2121: Physics for Sci/Eng 2 (or PHYS 2020 & 2021: General Physics 2), Lecture and Laboratory

For information on the Biochemistry concentration in this degree, see this page.