Chemistry BS

General Education Requirements

Students must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. Courses in chemistry may be used to meet the university’s science and mathematics area requirement. The college’s foreign language requirement fulfills the departmental requirements for B.A. candidates. B.S. degree candidates are not required to take a foreign language: however, the American Chemical Society (ACS) states that the study of a foreign language is recommended, especially for students planning to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Restrictions

Chemistry majors may not take required chemistry, mathematics, or physics courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Declaring the Chemistry Major

Students seeking to major in chemistry are first designated as ‘pre-chemistry majors’ until they have completed both CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1121 or equivalent courses. Upon successful completion of CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1121 with grades of C or better, students will be allowed to declare chemistry as their major. Each of these courses must be completed successfully within two attempts.

Related Area Requirements

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Candidates for both degrees must also complete:

MATH 1800Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1900Analytic Geometry and Calculus II5
MATH 2000Analytic Geometry and Calculus III5
PHYSICS 2111Physics: Mechanics and Heat (MOTR PHYS 200L)5
PHYSICS 2112Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics5
Total Hours25

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

This degree may be taken as a terminal degree by students intending to become professional chemists or for preparation for graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry. Students may choose to specialize in chemistry or biochemistry.

Chemistry Option

Candidates must complete the requirements for the B.A. degree in chemistry. In addition, the following chemistry courses are required:

CHEM 3643Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 4212Instrumental Analysis3
CHEM 4233Laboratory in Instrumental Analysis2
CHEM 4343Physical Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 4412Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4433Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 4612Introduction to Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanoscale Chemistry1
CHEM 4712Biochemistry3
Total Hours18

Students must also take two elective hours of advanced work in chemistry at the 3000 level or above. Students are encouraged to take CHEM 3905, Chemical Research, to fulfill the advanced elective requirement.

Biochemistry Option

Candidates must complete the requirements for the B. A. degree in chemistry. In addition, the following chemistry and biology courses are required:

Chemistry
CHEM 3643Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 4212Instrumental Analysis3
CHEM 4233Laboratory in Instrumental Analysis2
CHEM 4612Introduction to Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanoscale Chemistry1
CHEM 4712Biochemistry3
CHEM 4722Advanced Biochemistry3
CHEM 4733Biochemistry Laboratory2
Select one of the following:3
Physical Biochemistry
Chemical Research (3 credits)
Research (3 credits)
Biology
BIOL 1831Introductory Biology: From Molecules to Organisms (MOTR BIOL 150L)5
BIOL 2012Genetics3
BIOL 3622Cell Biology3
Total Hours30

If either research option is chosen, the project must be in biochemistry and must include a written final report submitted to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Fifty-one hours of chemistry courses may be applied toward the degree. At least 24 hours of chemistry at the 3000-level or higher must be completed at UMSL. Each chemistry major candidate must present a seminar and pass a comprehensive examination during the senior year.

B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Chemistry 

The B.S. Ed. is a professional education degree designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.  Much of the discipline-specific coursework parallels the B.A. or B.S. degree in the discipline; however, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires specific coursework for teacher certification.  Therefore, students interested in the B.S. Ed. should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education for discipline-specific requirements.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry with Master’s Level Coursework for Secondary Teacher Certification

In addition to the B.S. Ed., students may opt to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in their discipline as an undergraduate, followed by admission to the Graduate School for Master’s level teaching certification.  The College of Education has a one-year accelerated program for post-graduate certification called Teach in 12, or students can choose a traditional path to certification.  Graduate coursework for certification can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, with additional coursework.  Students interested in Master’s Level teacher certification should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

  • B.S. degree students will demonstrate a clear understanding of the essential principles of the five foundational areas of chemistry and be able to apply them to solve chemical problems. The foundational areas of chemistry are specified as analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biochemistry and include both the study of small molecules and macromolecules. B.A. degree students do not need to meet this outcome in biochemistry. Demonstrating understanding and application at the foundational level requires a thorough comprehension of basic chemical concepts from the introductory course sequence including stoichiometry, states of matter, molecular structure and bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria and kinetics. B.S. degree graduates will demonstrate proficiency in at least four of the foundational areas at an in-depth level. B.A. degree graduates will demonstrate proficiency at an in-depth level in organic chemistry and physical chemistry.
  •  Students will apply appropriate concepts and investigative and quantitative methods as used in all sub-disciplines of chemistry research.
  • Students will critically evaluate existing scientific studies to integrate and apply that body of knowledge to the design of studies to test specific hypotheses addressing unsolved problems in the chemical and life sciences.
  • Students will use computers and the required scientific software in data acquisition, processing, presentation or analysis, including statistical and regression analysis.
  • Students will demonstrate basic skills associated with safely performing and properly documenting laboratory experiments in chemistry following a broad introduction of commonly used equipment and procedures. B.S. degree graduates will demonstrate skills in performing laboratory experiments using advanced and specialized instrumentation related to the areas of chemistry that are studied in depth. Students will demonstrate the ability to work either independently or as a part of a small team.
  • Students will be able to identify the need for information, procure the information from relevant scientific literature publications and databases, properly cite the information, and critically evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias.
  • Students will effectively communicate orally, visually and in writing about the processes of the chemical sciences and the results of scientific inquiry.
  • Students will follow ethical practices in research, experimental interpretation, presentation, citation and application of research.

Sample Four Year Plan

Chemistry BS

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 10031CHEM 11215
CHEM 10001MATH 18005
CHEM 11115CORE - Communication Proficiency3
ENGL 11003EXPLORE -Social Sciences3
MATH 10352 
CORE - US History and Government3 
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 22233CHEM 26223
CHEM 26123CHEM 26332
MATH 19005CHEM 34122
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3MATH 20005
EXPLORE - Social Sciences2EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 30221CHEM 33223
CHEM 33123CHEM 33332
CHEM 47123PHYSICS 21124
PHYSICS 21114PHYSICS 2112L1
PHYSICS 2111L1EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
Cultural Diversity Requirement3Junior Level Writing Requirement3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 36432CHEM 39051
CHEM 39051CHEM 42332
CHEM 42123CHEM 44332
CHEM 43432CHEM 46121
CHEM 44123CHEM 48972
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3Elective or minor6
 14 14
Total Hours: 121

 PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.

Chemistry BS, Biochemistry Track

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311CHEM 11215
CHEM 10001MATH 18005
CHEM 11115EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
ENGL 11003CORE – Communicating Proficiency3
MATH 10352 
CORE - US History and American Government3 
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 22233CHEM 26223
CHEM 26123CHEM 26332
MATH 19005CHEM 34122
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3MATH 20005
 EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
 14 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 33123CHEM 33223
CHEM 47123CHEM 33332
CHEM 47332PHYSICS 21124
PHYSICS 21114PHYSICS 2112L1
PHYSICS 2111L1ENGL 31003
Cultural Diversity Requirement3EXPLORE - Social Science3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 18315BIOL 20123
CHEM 30221CHEM 39052
CHEM 36432CHEM 42332
CHEM 39051CHEM 46121
CHEM 42123CHEM 47223
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3CHEM 48972
 EXPLORE - Social Science3
 15 16
Total Hours: 123

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.