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BS in Chemistry

The chemistry major provides an intensive program of study in the major areas of chemistry with an emphasis on developing skills in analytical thinking and problem-solving, evaluation and interpretation of data, effective communication of scientific information, and research methodologies, while also exploring the applications of chemistry that permeate our lives.

You'll have access to modern instrumentation and gain practical experience in associated laboratory coursework. The program offers flexibility through open electives to allow you to pursue individual career goals.

You'll acquire the background and skills to prepare you for entry-level positions in chemical, pharmaceutical or academic research laboratory settings or in non-traditional settings. Your education will also prepare you for entry into graduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, secondary education, medicine and law.

Curriculum + Requirements

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides a versatile foundation on which to build many different careers. The chemistry curriculum provides technically competent chemists with a background in humanities; sufficient flexibility allows students to place some emphasis on individual career goals. To date, all upper division laboratory classes are instructed by the professor who teaches that class. As a result, Quinnipiac graduates are regarded locally to be skillful in the laboratory and very employable.

More advanced students use the chemistry degree as the base from which to seek entry into graduate programs in chemistry, medical sciences, teaching, business, environmental science, law and many other options. In our highly technological society, a fundamental knowledge of chemistry is needed to make policy decisions and transact business in government, academe, business and all other facets of living including our environment.

Students must be admitted to advanced standing by obtaining satisfactory grades in placement examinations in general chemistry, general biology and mathematics. Students may be required to take laboratory portions of some courses.

Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examinations and an evaluation of high school units presented. Students who do not place directly into MA 141 should take MA 140. MA 142 is strongly recommended.

Undergraduates enrolled in the chemistry major must maintain a minimum grade of C in all chemistry, physics and mathematics courses. Any required course not listed in the course description section may be considered for scheduling when the need arises. All four-credit science courses have a laboratory component. Chemistry electives must be selected with the advice and approval of the department adviser. Open electives should be selected based upon student interests and career goals from offerings in all schools.

An independent research project chosen by the student and directed by a full-time faculty member in the department or an approved internship is required of all students in these programs. This research project or internship plays a key role for the student in developing a deeper understanding of the chemistry involved, and builds skills necessary to work independently and communicate the results of the work to a group of scientists.

Biochemistry Core Requirements




CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab 4
CHE 210/210L Organic Chemistry I with lab 4
CHE 211/211L Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
CHE 215/215L Analytical Chemistry with lab 4
CHE 301/301L Physical Chemistry I with lab 4
CHE 302/302L Physical Chemistry II with lab 4
CHE 305/305L Instrumental Analysis with lab 4
CHE 315/315L Biochemistry I with lab 4
CHE 475 Chemistry Seminar I 1
CHE 476 Chemistry Seminar II 1
CHE 490 Chemistry Research I 3
CHE 491 Chemistry Research II 3
Two upper-level CHE elective courses, typically:
CHE 300 Special Topics (offerings vary) 6

Cognate courses (14 credits)
Required courses, which support the chemistry major and may be used to satisfy requirements outside the major




MA 141 Calculus I (required) 3
PHY 110/110L* General Physics I with lab 4
PHY 111/111L* General Physics II with lab 4

*PHY 121/122, University Physics I and II, may be substituted
MA 142 Calculus II is highly recommended but is not required.

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.
Minimum number of credits required for graduation is 120.

Minor in Chemistry

The highly technical nature of our daily living has increased the need for a working knowledge of chemistry in biological sciences, medical sciences, law, business, government, academia and many more areas. Students majoring in programs other than chemistry can be recognized as having additional proficiency in chemistry by successfully completing this balanced program.

Candidates must apply to the chemistry department to enter this program and be enrolled concurrently in a major undergraduate program. The program consists of a minimum of 24 credits of chemistry distributed between 20 credits of required courses and four credits of elective courses consistent with the following specifications: The minimum grade required for each course is a C-.

CHE 110/110L General Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab (4 credits)
CHE 210-210/211-211L Organic Chemistry I-II with lab (8 credits)
CHE 215/215L Analytical Chemistry with lab (4 credits)

Electives (select one of the courses listed)
CHE 301/301L Physical Chemistry I with lab (4 credits)
CHE 305/305L Instrumental Analysis with lab (4 credits)
CHE 315/315L Biochemistry I with lab (4 credits)