Chemistry Major with ACS Certification

The chemistry major with ACS certification requires a minimum of 10.5 units in chemistry and is endorsed by the committee on professional training of the American Chemical Society (ACS); satisfactory completion of this course of study entitles the student to certification by the society. Those contemplating graduate study in chemistry or careers in industrial research are encouraged to opt for this plan.

The  ACS-certified degree requires: 

  • General Chemistry (Chem 103 & 104 or 105),
  • Quantitative Analysis (Chem 205)
  • Organic Chemistry (Chem 221 & 222)
  • Quantum Chemistry (Chem 341)
  • Biophysical Chemistry (Chem 342)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 403)
  • Four 0.5 unit upper- level laboratory courses are required 351 or 394, 352, 353 and 452.
  • Senior project.  The senior project must involve original research (one of 489 or 490).

Two semesters each of calculus (Math 135, 136) and physics (calculus-based Physics 151,152) are also required.

Note that to fulfill prerequisites for moving from Chemistry 103 to 104 a grade of 1.75 is required. To advance from Chemistry 104 or 105 to 221 and 205 and from 221 to 222 requires a grade of 2.0 or higher.