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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Degree Programs

Major in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science Degree

NOTE:  The information below applies to students entering DU in the fall of 2016 or later. Degree requirements prior to this date may be found here.

The Bachelor of Science degree has been designed for students who want to pursue a career in science. Among the many options for students who opt for this degree are graduate school in chemistry, medical, dental, or veterinary school, or working as a chemist in an industrial setting.

A minimum of 47 quarter hours of chemistry is required for the Bachelor of Science degree. Two minors are required with this degree. One of these must be in science, but the other can be in any discipline. One year of calculus and one year of physics, preferably University Physics, are also required. The Common Curriculum Requirements must be fulfilled. Courses required for the major automatically fulfill the requirement for Scientific Inquiry - Natural and Physical World (SI-NS).

Required Chemistry Courses

  • General Chemistry I, II and Lab, 8 Credits
  • Chemistry of the Elements, 4 Credits
  • Organic Chemistry I, II, III and Lab, 12 Credits
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 4 Credits
  • Physical Chemistry I, II, and III, 9 Credits
  • Instrumental Analysis, 4 Credits
  • Chemistry Frontiers, 3 Credits
  • Chemistry electives, 3 credits*

*The student can choose from a variety of interesting upper division chemistry courses to complete the remaining 3 quarter hours required for the B.S. degree. Courses available include Biochemistry, Biochemistry lab, additional Undergraduate Research, and advanced courses in other areas of chemistry.