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A Chemistry degree can prepare you for a meaningful career in:
- Developing renewable energy solutions for climate change
- Ensuring safe and pure air and drinking water
- Discovering materials for new devices using nanotechnology
- Analyzing medical samples to detect rare and dangerous diseases
- Contributing to Colorado's and America's mining and petroleum industries
- Contributing to Colorado's emerging natural products and pharmaceuticals industries.
A BS in Chemistry also stands out as a premiere accomplishment in applications for professional degree programs, including pharmacy, medicine, nursing, dentistry, medical technology, and many others. Previous BS Chemistry graduates from CU-Denver have gone on to medical, dental, and pharmacy schools; to Ph.D. programs in chemistry and biomedical sciences; and to productive careers in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical technology industries.
The Chemistry Department offers two options for a chemistry degree: a BS Chemistry or a BS Chemistry ACS Certified. Students interested in the chemistry major should consult regularly with the chemistry major advisor, Dr. Marta K. Maroń (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Advisor can help you select the track that best fits your future goals. A complete description of the chemistry major programs may be obtained in the Department of Chemistry office (Science 3071) or Department website.
Qualified majors are strongly urged to participate in directed research with a research faculty member and in the departmental honors program. We also strongly encourage chemistry majors to participate in the Department by serving as graders, learning assistants, and/or teaching assistants. Contact the chemistry major advisor for more information and/or questions.
American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified Degree.
The ACS Certified degree requires a more thorough background than the minimum requirements for a Chemistry BS degree. Students planning on going into industry upon completing their Bachelor of Science are at an advantage completing the ACS Certified degree option.
- The ACS certified degree is open to all Chemistry majors regardless of future plans.
- See the ACS certified degree program page for additional coursework.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum of 66 credit hours, including a minimum of 44 CHEM credit hours.
- Students must complete a minimum of 16 upper-division level (3000-level and above) CHEM credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the major and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to major requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 14 CHEM credit hours with CU Denver faculty, including CHEM 4128 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory, CHEM 4518 Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Reaction Analysis or CHEM 4538 Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Molecular Structure.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- 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 Chemistry/Biochemistry advisor. No more than three additional hours of such pre-approved transfer credits will be allowed.
- All courses applied to the chemistry major need to be taken within ten years of the graduation date with the exception of General Chemistry I and II Lecture and Lab: CHEM 2031 General Chemistry I, CHEM 2081 Honors General Chemistry I, CHEM 2038 General Chemistry Laboratory I, CHEM 2039 Majors General Chemistry I Laboratory, CHEM 2088 Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory, CHEM 2061 General Chemistry II, CHEM 2091 Honors General Chemistry II Lecture, CHEM 2068 General Chemistry Laboratory II, CHEM 2069 Majors General Chemistry II Laboratory and CHEM 2098 Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory . In the event that the student would like to apply for expired credit for CHEM 3481 Majors Organic Chemistry I, the student will need to test at the 50 th percentile on the ACS Standardized Exam for Organic Chemistry I.
- PHYS 2321 Intro Experimental Phys Lab I and PHYS 2341 Intro Experimental Phys Lab II are specifically designed for students in non-Physics majors and can be paired with either PHYS 2010 College Physics I and PHYS 2020 College Physics II or PHYS 2311 General Physics I: Calculus-Based and PHYS 2331 General Physics II: Calculus-Based lectures. Students pursuing a second major in Physics should complete PHYS 2311 General Physics I: Calculus-Based and PHYS 2331 General Physics II: Calculus-Based and PHYS 2351 Applied Physics Lab I and PHYS 2361 Applied Physics Lab II.
Students may double major in Biochemistry and Chemistry. Students can apply the requirements for both majors, if the respective courses are a major requirement for both the Chemistry and Biochemistry major. A course cannot fulfill more than two requirement/elective areas in a student’s degree.
|Complete all of the following CHEM courses:||48|
|General Chemistry I|
or CHEM 2081
|Honors General Chemistry I|
|Majors General Chemistry I Laboratory|
or CHEM 2038
|General Chemistry Laboratory I|
or CHEM 2088
|Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory|
|General Chemistry II|
or CHEM 2091
|Honors General Chemistry II Lecture|
|Majors General Chemistry II Laboratory|
or CHEM 2068
|General Chemistry Laboratory II|
or CHEM 2098
|Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory|
|Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory|
|Analytical Chemistry Laboratory|
|Majors Organic Chemistry I|
|Majors Organic Chemistry Laboratory I|
|Majors Organic Chemistry II|
|Majors Organic Chemistry Laboratory II|
|Instrumental Analysis Laboratory|
|Foundations of Physical Chemistry 1|
|Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics|
|Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Reaction Analysis|
|Physical Chemistry: Quantum and Spectroscopy|
|Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Molecular Structure|
|Complete ancillary coursework.||18|
|Complete all of the following:||8|
|Complete one of the following sequences. Refer to note 3 under Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations for alternative Physics lab information:||10|
|Sequence A 2|
|General Physics I: Calculus-Based|
|Intro Experimental Phys Lab I|
|General Physics II: Calculus-Based|
|Intro Experimental Phys Lab II|
|College Physics I|
|Intro Experimental Phys Lab I|
|College Physics II|
|Intro Experimental Phys Lab II|
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