Chemistry B.S.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry complete an extensive set of courses representing the traditional chemical subdisciplines and engage in research. The B.S. degree Chemistry major is certified by the American Chemical Society, and it is particularly good preparation for graduate study in chemistry.

Major Requirements

At least 47 credits in major courses, plus 16 credits in ancillary courses, including:
FOUNDATIONS. At least 9 credits.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following options:1-8
Option A (recommended):
Discovering Chemistry
Option B:
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following options:8
Option A (recommended):
Organic Chemistry for Majors 1
and Organic Chemistry for Majors 2
Option B:
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 2
MATHEMATICS. Choose 1 of the following options:8
Option A (recommended):
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Option B:
Fundamentals of Calculus I
and Transitional Calculus
PHYS 1600Fundamentals of Physics I4
PHYS 1650Fundamentals of Physics II4
CORE COURSES. At least 32 credits.
CHEM 2020Communication Skills Seminar3
CHEM 2014Professional Development1
CHEM 2050Advanced Synthesis Techniques3
CHEM 2310Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 2600Intro Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 2605Physical Chemistry Lab1
Choose 1 of the following:1-4
Physical Chemistry Preparation
Calculus III
BIOC 3005Biochemistry I3
CHEM 3320Instrumental Analysis3
CHEM 3325Instrumental Analysis Lab1
CHEM 3400Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 3600Advanced Physical Chemistry3
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH. 3 credits from the following, in any combination:3
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
3-6 additional credits from the folllowing:3-6
CHEM numbered 4000 to 4989
Special Topics: CHEM 3990, CHEM 4990
With department permission, CHEM numbered 6000 to 6990
Up to 3 additional credits from the following:0-3
Undergraduate Research
Additional courses, including graduate-level courses, may be accepted as electives with prior approval from the Chemistry Department. Graduate courses are often open to upper-level undergraduate students with instructor permission.


Students completing the B.S. in Chemistry may not also receive the B.A. in Chemistry or the B.S. in Biochemistry.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Science degree, no more than 50 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.