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Electives in the Chemistry Major

Both Chemistry curricula (BS and BA) require six hours  of elective credit in the field of Chemistry. This gives students the opportunity to pick a field of Chemistry (or another field of science) that fits with their interests or goals.

In order for a course to qualify as a Chemistry elective, it must meet the following criteria:

      • It must be a 3000 or 4000 level course.
      • It must be in the field of Chemistry or another approved field of science.
      • It must contain an adequate amount of Chemistry within its syllabus and course material.

Department of Chemistry Electives

These courses are pre-approved as meeting the requirements of a Chemistry elective. These are acceptable for students pursuing either the BA or BS in Chemistry.

Department of Chemistry Electives
Chemistry ElectiveCourse TitleSemester Offered
CH 4000 Selected Topics every other year
CH 4010 Organometallic Chemistry fall
CH 4040 Bioinorganic Chemistry every other year
CH 4130 Chemistry of Aqueous Systems spring
CH 4140 Bioanalytical Chemistry every other year
CH 4210 Advanced Organic Chemistry fall
CH 4250 Medicinal Chemistry spring
CH 4270 Organic Spectroscopy spring
CH 4350 Atomic and Molecular Structure fall
CH 4710 Teaching Chemistry every other year

All Chemistry majors are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor in selecting Chemistry electives and confirming that the schedule of offerings and pre-requisites are accurate. These are subject to change.

Electives Outside the Department of Chemistry

There are also several courses that have already been approved as suitable options for the chemistry elective outside of the Department of Chemistry. In addition to these, the Department of Chemistry is willing to review any course a student believes meets the criteria of having an adequate amount of Chemistry to qualify as an elective.

Electives Outside the Department of Chemistry
Elective Course Accepted**Course TitleBA or BS Accept
BCHM 3010 Molecular Biochemistry BA
BCHM 3050 Essential Elements of Biochemistry BA
BCHM 4060 Physiological Chemistry both
BCHM 4230 Principles of Biochemistry both
CHE 3070 Unit Operations Laboratory both
MS&E 4020 Solid State Materials both
ENTOX 4210 Chemical Sources and Fate in Environmental Systems both
ENTOX 4300 Toxicology both
EE&S 4110 Ionizing Radiation Detection and Measurement both
EE&S 4850 Hazardous Waste Management both
FDSC 4020 Food Chemistry II both
FDSC 4030 Food Chemistry and Analysis both
GEOL 3180 Introduction to Geochemistry both
PHYS 4520 Nuclear and Particle Physics both
PHYS 4810 Physics of Surfaces both

**Note: It is the responsibility of the student to adequately meet any and all pre-requisites requires by other departments with regard to Chemistry electives.