Chemistry B.S.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.S. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours.For complete details on these requirements,visit the B.S. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page.  Students may not earn both a B.A. and a B.S. in Chemistry.

Departmental Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course, which for the B.S. Chemistry degree involves CHEM 401 and CHEM 403.
     
  • Writing Requirement: Chemistry Bachelor of Science students satisfy the Writing and Communication Skills requirement by completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), and two additional SpeakWrite Certified CoursesTMCHEM 349, and either CHEM 401 or CHEM 403.
     
  • Calculation of GPA in the major: A grade of C- or better in all chemistry courses below 300-level is required. In addition, a grade of C- or better is required in the following courses:  PHYS 111 and PHYS 112; MATH 155 (or MATH 153 and MATH 154), MATH 156, and MATH 251; a 2.0 average must be maintained in all Chemistry 300-level or above courses, excluding 490–497 courses.
     
  • Benchmarks expectations: For details, go to the chemistry admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS19
First Year Seminar
GEF: Number of courses may vary depending on overlap
COLLEGE REQUIREMENT4
Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
OR
Calculus 1
Science Requirements - see Eberly page (may overlap with GEF and major)
DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Core Chemistry courses:45
Select one of the following options:
Fundamentals of Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
Introductory Analytical Chemistry
OR
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry
Take all courses:
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Instrumental Analysis
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Methods of Structure Determination
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory
Introductory Biochemistry
Non-Chemistry Science Requirement16
Calculus 2
Multivariable Calculus
General Physics
and General Physics
Chemistry Electives *6
Select 2 classes:
Environmental Chemistry
Organic Syntheses
Quantum Chemistry
Forensic Chemistry
Biochemistry 2
Forensic Chemistry Lab
Biochemistry 2 Laboratory
Teaching Practicum: Peer-Led Team Learning
Teaching Practicum-CLC
Teaching Practicum - TA
Senior Thesis
Research
Honors
Mass Spectrometry Principles and Practices
Bioanalytical Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry 1
Advanced Organic Chemistry 2
Bonding and Molecular Structure
Chemical Crystallography
Biochemical Toxicology
Capstone Experience2
Chemical Literature
Undergraduate Seminar
General Electives 28
Number of Electives may vary depending on overlap
Total Hours120

Footnotes

*

Only three hours of CHEM 490, CHEM 493, CHEM 496 or CHEM 497, separately or combined, may be counted toward the six-hour requirement.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 43CHEM 116 (GEF 8; B.S. First Area 2)*4
ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3MATH 156 (GEF 8; B.S. Second Area 1)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2; B.S. First Area 1)*4General Elective3
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4General Elective1
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 215*4ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4GEF 53
MATH 251 (B.S. Second Area 2)4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
4
PHYS 111 (GEF 8; B.S. Third Area 1)4PHYS 112 (B.S. Third Area 2)4
 16 14
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 63CHEM 3103
AGBI 4103CHEM 348
CHEM 347
4
CHEM 3354General Elective3
CHEM 3463General Elective4
General Elective3 
 16 14
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 3492CHEM 403 (Capstone)1
CHEM 3131CHEM 4232
CHEM 401 (Capstone)1Chemistry Elective 23
CHEM 4223General Elective3
Chemistry Elective 13General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective2 
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120
*

If a student qualifies to take CHEM 117 and CHEM 118, these courses can be used in lieu of CHEM 115, CHEM 116, and CHEM 215. The student will need to take an additional 2 credit hours of Electives to reach the required minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.