Chemistry is used every day to to synthesize new molecules that could potentially treat diseases, to analyze samples to investigate crimes or to monitor the environment for chemical pollutants. Chemists are fueled by a deep curiosity and a passion for investigation.

Program Overview

From creating a new polymers to making the agriculture and energy industries eco-friendly, chemists are credited with many of the most innovative breakthroughs in science today. We’ll give you the comprehensive foundation you need to pursue a successful career in medicine, pharmaceuticals and forensic science .

You’ll explore the world of chemistry from all angles and learn to apply the scientific method while taking courses in analytical, general, organic, physical and biochemistry. And you’ll get practical experience in labs that include a sophisticated array of spectrometers and chromatographic systems. You also can individualize your experience by taking electives in specialized areas, such as environmental science and biomedicine. 

You’ll gain hands-on experience in a senior project or by interning with a local company such as Alexion, CT Agricultural Station and LabSynergy. Because of our small class sizes and highly accessible faculty, you’ll get plenty of support and the personal attention you need. 

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Chemistry Curriculum

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 152 is strongly recommended.

Chemistry majors must maintain a minimum grade of C in all required chemistry, physics and mathematics courses. Any required course not listed in the course descriptions may be considered for scheduling when the need arises. All 4-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.

University Curriculum 146
Chemistry Core Requirements
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE 215
& 215L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHE 301
& 301L
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
CHE 302
& 302L
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
CHE 305
& 305L
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
CHE 410Inorganic Chemistry3
CHE 475Chemistry Seminar I1
CHE 476Chemistry Seminar II1
CHE 490Chemistry Research I3
CHE 491Chemistry Research II3
Two upper level CHE elective courses 26
Cognate Courses 3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable 3,43
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab 3,5
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 3,5
Open electives 6
Open electives10
Total Credits120

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.


Typically CHE 300 (offerings vary); departmental integrated capstone is currently included in this category.


Required courses, which support the chemistry major and may be used to satisfy requirements outside of the major


MA 151 may be substituted for MA 141. MA 152 is also highly recommended but is not required.


PHY 121 and PHY 122 may be substituted.


 Students take open electives to fulfill the minimum number of credits for graduation.

Minimum number of credits required for graduation is 120.

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