Students must declare their major by the time they have completed 60 semester hours. The chemistry major requires 45 semester hours in chemistry. Transfer students must take at least 14 upper-division chemistry hours, including CHEM 4128, 4518 or 4538, in residency at CU Denver. A student who has declared a chemistry major at CU Denver may not take additional chemistry courses outside of the department for the purpose of applying those credits toward meeting the requirements of the major without prior written approval of the undergraduate advisor. Normally, no more than 3 additional hours of transfer credits will be allowed. The minimum grade in chemistry courses is C- (1.7) and a minimum chemistry GPA of 2.0 is required in chemistry and ancillary required courses. All majors must successfully complete the following core:
Any CHEM 5000-level lecture class (3-4 semester hours)
Total Electives: 14-16 Hours
Chemistry Major (Traditional) Total: 67 Hours required
Students interested in the traditional chemistry major should consult regularly with a chemistry advisor. A complete description of the chemistry major’s program may be obtained in the Department of Chemistry office or department website.
Qualified majors are strongly urged to participate in independent study or departmental honors programs.
Students planning chemistry as a career should be familiar with the recommendations of the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists. For ACS certification, students following the traditional BS program of study are required to take inorganic laboratory (CHEM 3018), at least one semester of biochemistry (CHEM 3810 or CHEM 4810), and one additional 3- or 4-credit upper-division chemistry course in addition to the curriculum outlined above. No course with a grade of less than C (2.0) can be applied toward ACS certification. Students should check with a chemistry advisor for details. CU Denver maintains an ACS chapter of student affiliates.