Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure and properties of matter. Chemists work in the growing fields of biotechnology, environmental science, catalysis, materials science, information and computer technologies, and many others. The study of chemistry is excellent preparation for medical, pharmacy, dental, and veterinary schools. Chemistry is also an excellent field of study to prepare for many other professional careers like patent law, chemical sales, and technical writing.

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

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

A 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all CHEM courses.
GEF Elective Requirements (4, 5, 6, and 7)12
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHEM 215Introductory Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 310
CHEM 313
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 346
CHEM 347
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 348
CHEM 349
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 422
CHEM 423
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
and Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory
CHEM 490Teaching Practicum: Peer-Led Team Learning1
CHEM 494Seminar1
CHEM 497Research4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 2)4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Chemistry Electives (6 hours of 200+, 3 hours of 300+ level Chemistry elective)9
Restricted Electives21
Assessment Examination0
Total Hours120

Restricted Electives

BIOL 111General Biology4
BIOL 112General Biology4
BIOL 225Biology Methods3
BIOL 240Microbiology4
BIOL 303Genetics4
BIOL 416Cell Biology4
BIOL 461Principles of Evolution3
BIOL 466Ecology4
CE 204Surveying3
CE 312Construction Materials3
CE 331Transportation Engineering3
CE 347Introduction to Environmental Engineering4
CE 351Introductory Soil Mechanics4
CE 361Structural Analysis 14
CE 411Pavement Design3
CE 421Hydraulic Engineering4
CE 422Advanced Hydraulic Engineering3
CE 425Engineering Hydology3
CE 431Highway Engineering3
CE 432Traffic Engineering3
CE 444Advanced Sanitary Engineering3
CE 446Solid Waste Management3
CE 451Foundation Engineering3
CE 452Groundwater and Seepage3
CE 453Earthwork Design3
CE 461Structural Analysis 23
CE 462Reinforced Concrete Design3
CE 463Steel Design3
CE 464Timber Design3
CE 479Integrated Civil Engineering Design-Capstone3
CHE 100Introduction to Chemical Engineering2
CHE 201Material and Energy Balances 13
CHE 202Material and Energy Balances 23
CHE 312Separation Processes3
CHE 316Transport Operations4
CHE 318Particle Processing Operations2
CHE 320Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 327Kinetics and Reactor Design3
CHE 330Modeling and Analysis3
CHE 350Chemical Engineering Laboratory2
CHE 357Design Laboratory 11
CHE 358Design Laboratory 21
CHE 435Chemical Process Control3
CHE 450Unit Operations Laboratory 12
CHE 451Unit Operations Laboratory 22
CHE 457Design Laboratory 32
CHE 458Design Laboratory 42
CIET 320Construction Methods and Equipment3
CIET 325Codes, Contracts, and Cost Analysis3
CIET 330Computer Applications in Hydraulics and Hydrology3
CIET 382Environmental Engineering Technology3
CPE 271
CPE 272
Introduction to Digital Logic Design
and Digital Logic Laboratory
CPE 310
CPE 311
Microprocessor Systems
and Microprocessor Laboratory
CPE 421Embedded Systems4
CPE 442Introduction to Digital Computer Architecture3
CS 112Computer Science - Engineers 13
CS 121Computer Science 14
CS 122Computer Science 24
CS 201Data Structures3
CS 220Discrete Mathematics3
CS 221Analysis of Algorithms3
CS 222Intro Software Engineering3
CS 231Introduction to Computer Organization3
CS 265C Programming2
CS 310Principles of Programming Languages3
CS 321Introduction to Networking3
CS 324Database Management3
CS 350Computer System Concepts3
CS 410Compiler Construction3
CS 450Operating Systems Structure3
CS 479Advanced Computer Science Mathematics3
DRET 120Drafting 12
DRET 314Computer Graphics3
EE 200Software Tools2
EE 221
EE 222
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
EE 223
EE 224
Electrical Circuits
and Electrical Circuits Laboratory
EE 311Junior Instrumentation Lab1
EE 327Signals and Systems 13
EE 329Signals and Systems 23
EE 335
EE 336
Electromechanical Energy Conversion and Systems
and Electromechanical Energy Conversion and Systems Lab
EE 345Engineering Electromagnetics3
EE 355
EE 356
Analog Electronics
and Analog Electronics Laboratory
EE 411Fundamentals of Control Systems3
EE 412Automatic Control Lab1
EE 435Introduction to Power Electronics3
EE 436Power Systems Analysis3
EE 461Introduction to Communications Systems3
ELET 315Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation4
ELET 337Communication Systems 24
ELET 410Control Systems Technology3
ELET 420Microprocessors and Digital Systems4
ELET 426Microprocessor-Based Data Acquisition and Control4
ELET 436Programmable Logic Controllers4
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 111Software Tools for Engineers3
ENGR 402Fundamentals of Engineering Review2
GNET 410C++ Programming for Technology3
GNET 412Project Management3
GNET 489Senior Seminar and Project2
INDT 302Industrial Safety3
INDT 308Automated Manufacturing3
INDT 354Industrial Materials3
INDT 384Robotics 13
INDT 410Plant Equipment and Maintenance3
INDT 420Construction Technology3
ISYS 101Introduction to Information Systems 13
ISYS 102Introduction to Information Systems 23
ISYS 115Discrete Structures3
ISYS 270Linux3
ISYS 325C#3
ISYS 366e-Commerce3
MAE 201Applied Engineering Analysis3
MAE 215Intro to Aerospace Engineering3
MAE 240Manufacturing Processes3
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 244Dynamics and Strength Laboratory1
MAE 316Analysis-Engineering Systems3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MAE 321Applied Thermodynamics3
MAE 331Fluid Mechanics3
MAE 332Experimental Methods1
MAE 333Mechanical Measurements1
MAE 335Incompressible Aerodynamics3
MAE 336Compressible Aerodynamics3
MAE 340Vibrations3
MAE 342Dynamics of Machines3
MAE 343Intermediate Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 345Aerospace Structures3
MAE 365Flight Dynamics3
MAE 405Senior Mechanical Engineering Lab1
MAE 410Materials Science4
MAE 419Heat Transfer Lab1
MAE 423Heat Transfer3
MAE 426Flight Vehicle Propulsion3
MAE 434Experimental Aerodynamics2
MAE 454Machine Design and Manufacturing3
MAE 455Computer Aided Drafting and Design3
MAE 456Computer-Aided Design and Finite Element Analysis3
MAE 460Automatic Controls3
MAE 475Flight Vehicle Design-Capstone3
MAE 476Space Flight and Systems3
MAE 480System Design 13
MAE 481Systems Design 23
MATH 283Introduction to the Concepts of Mathematics3
MATH 341Introduction to Algebraic Structures3
MATH 441Applied Linear Algebra3
MATH 448Probability and Statistics3
MATH 451Introduction to Real Analysis 13
MATH 452Introduction to Real Analysis 23
MEET 316Dynamics3
MEET 435Energy Conversion Systems3

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 1154CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
WVUE 1911PHYS 111 (GEF 2)4
GEF 43 
 15 15
Second Year
CHEM 2154CHEM 234
CHEM 236
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4MATH 2614
MATH 2514Restricted Elective3
PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4GEF 63
 16 14
Third Year
ENGL 3053CHEM 310
CHEM 313
CHEM 346
CHEM 347
4CHEM 348
CHEM 349
Restricted Elective6Restricted Elective6
GEF 73 
 16 15
Fourth Year
CHEM 422
CHEM 423
5CHEM 4901
CHEM 4941CHEM 4974
Chemistry Elective6Chemistry Elective3
Restricted Elective3Restricted Elective3
Assessment Examination GEF 53
 15 14
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals


In addition to the general education learning outcomes listed elsewhere in the catalog, the Chemistry Department’s Bachelor of Science program is designed to meet broad educational objectives and learning outcomes, which prepare students:

  • To apply fundamental chemical concepts and relationships in the solution of diverse scientific problems.
  • With knowledge and application of chemical analytical instrumentation, experimental design, and scientific data collection and interpretation.
  • With diverse laboratory skills and techniques.
  • With knowledge and application of good laboratory safety practices and environmental responsibility.
  • With the ability to effectively communicate technical information through writing and speaking.
  • For professional employment in the various scientific fields or to continue with advanced study, which may include graduate work in business, the sciences, health professions or law.

Department of Physical Sciences Minor



A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required for this minor.
A minimum grade of D- is required for the courses in this minor.
Required Courses
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Select two of the following courses:8
Introductory Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Total Hours24