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Department of Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements CHEMBS

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry prepares students for employment in industry, to pursue graduate work in chemistry, or to attend medical or dental school. Chemistry studies the substances of matter—their identification, composition, properties, interactions, combinations, changes, and uses.

Requirements

The major requires at least 45 credit hours (70 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
    • CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I
    • CHEM-H 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I, Honors
    • CHEM-J 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry for Science Majors
  2. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I
    • CHEM-C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM-H 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory, Honors
    • CHEM-X 150 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab I
  3. Chemical Measurements Laboratory. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-A 315 Chemical Measurements Laboratory
  4. Analytical Chemistry.
    1. Equilibria and Electrochemistry. One (1) course:
      • CHEM-C 317 Equilibria and Electrochemistry
    2. Spectrochemistry and Separations. One (1) course:
      • CHEM-C 318 Spectrochemistry and Separations
  5. Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry Lecture. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-N 331 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
  6. Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry Lab. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-N 337 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  7. Organic Chemistry I. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures
    • CHEM-J 341 Principles of Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM-S 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures, Honors
  8. Organic Chemistry II. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures
    • CHEM-J 342 Principles of Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM-S 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures, Honors
  9. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-J 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Majors
    • CHEM-X 325 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab II
  10. Physical Chemistry.
    1. Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter. One (1) course:
      • CHEM-C 361 Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter
    2. Physical Chemistry of Molecules. One (1) course:
      • CHEM-C 362 Physical Chemistry of Molecules
  11. Basic Measurements in Physical Chemistry. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-P 364 Basic Measurements in Physical Chemistry
  12. Biological Chemistry. One (1) course:
    • CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry
    • CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism
  13. Chemistry Electives.
    1. Lecture Courses at 300–499 level. Six (6) credit hours:
      • CHEM-B 486 Gene Expression and Physiology
      • CHEM-C 321 Advanced and Nanoscale Materials
      • CHEM-C 416 Surface Analysis and Surface Chemistry
      • CHEM-C 430 Inorganic Chemistry
      • CHEM-C 432 Spectroscopic Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
      • CHEM-C 443 Organic Spectroscopy
      • CHEM-C 446 Organic Chemistry III
      • CHEM-C 460 Nuclear Chemistry
      • CHEM-C 481 Physical Biochemistry
      • CHEM-C 485 Biosynthetic Pathways and Control of Metabolism
      • CHEM-M 401 Introduction to Hard Materials
      • CHEM-M 402 Introduction to Soft Materials
      • CHEM-X 498 Chemical Literature Capstone
      • SPEA-E 451 AIR POLLUTION AND CONTROL
    2. Laboratory Courses at 300–499 level. Four (4) credit hours:
      • CHEM-B 487 Biochemistry Laboratory
      • CHEM-B 488 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
      • CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
      • CHEM-C 427 Advanced and Nanoscale Materials Laboratory
      • CHEM-C 437 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
      • CHEM-P 464 Advanced Measurements in Physical Chemistry
      • CHEM-X 373 Professional Practice in Chemistry
      • CHEM-X 499 Chemical Research Capstone
  14. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Physics.
      1. Physics I. One (1) course:
        • PHYS-H 221 Honors Physics I
        • PHYS-P 221 Physics I
      2. Physics II. One (1) course:
        • PHYS-H 222 Honors Physics II
        • PHYS-P 222 Physics II
    2. Mathematics.
      1. Calculus I. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
        • MATH-S 211
      2. Calculus II. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 212 Calculus II
        • MATH-S 212 Honors Calculus II
      3. Calculus III. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 303 Linear Algebra for Undergraduates
        • MATH-M 311 Calculus III (Recommended)
        • MATH-M 343
    3. Foundations of Biology. One (1) course:
      • BIOL-E 112 Basic Biology by Examination II
      • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  15. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the CHEM subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception
Exclusions

The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements:

  • CHEM-C 103 Introduction to Chemical Principles
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 107 Frontiers of Chemical Research
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 240 Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM-C 243 Supplemental General Chemistry
  • CHEM-C 383 Human Biochemistry
  • CHEM-G 207
  • CHEM-G 209
  • CHEM-G 307
  • CHEM-X 170 Chemistry Community Outreach Seminar
  • CHEM-X 270 Overseas Study Seminar: Timmy Global Health
  • CHEM-X 371 Internship in Chemical Instruction
Restrictions

The following restrictions apply to the minimum credit hours required in the major:

  • CHEM-X 399 Chemical Research
  • CHEM-X 499 Chemical Research Capstone

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry (BIOCBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (CHEMBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry - TSAP version (CHEMTSBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (BIOCBS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - TSAP version (CHEMTSBS)
  • Minor in Chemistry (CHEMMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.