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BS in Chemistry

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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 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. 


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.

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.

Students majoring in chemistry must complete the following requirements:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 23
Chemistry Core Requirements
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE 215
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHE 301
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
CHE 302
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
CHE 305
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHE 315
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 36
Cognate Courses 4
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable 4,53
PHY 110
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab 4,6
PHY 111
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 4,6
Open electives 7
Open electives7
Total Credits120

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.


Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.


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.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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