Ohio University

Chemistry Major - B.S.

  • Preparation for graduate study in chemistry and biochemistry
  • Preparation for careers in chemical industry
  • Accredited by American Chemical Society

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Major code BS3311

Sample Curriculum

Faculty Contact: Dr. Lauren McMills, director of general chemistry

Program Overview

The B.S. degree program is chosen by students planning to enter a graduate program in chemistry or work in the chemical industry. The B.S. degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Due to changes in standards for teacher licensure in the State of Ohio, the current program in chemistry is subject to change. Students interested in becoming licensed to teach chemistry at the secondary level should contact the Office of Student Services in the Patton College of Education.

Careers & Graduate School

A large number of graduates go on to take advanced degrees in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. Graduates of the program are employed in environmental, pharmaceutical and other chemical companies throughout the country. Jobs held by recent graduates include applications lab technician, attorney, associate chemist, auditor, chemist, research and discovery chemist, chemistry and physics teacher, criminalist, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, drug analyst, environmental engineer, pharmacist, physician, QA process chemist, and technology transfer manager.

Upon completing the requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry, students are eligible for professional status in the American Chemical Society. Completion of a B.A. degree in chemistry does not qualify a student for certification.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change to Program Policy: Students wishing to change or add a chemistry major or minor at Ohio University should go to the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences located on the first floor of Wilson Hall (College Green).

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Chemistry Major Departmental Requirements

Complete a total of 45 semester hours of CHEM coursework, including the following:

  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 2410 - Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis and Electrochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 2410L - Analytical Chemistry I Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 3050 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3060 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3080 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 3090 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credit Hours: 2.0
  • CHEM 3760 - Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4310 - Analytical Chemistry II: Chromatography and Spectroscopy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4310L - Analytical Chemistry II Lab Credit Hours: 2.0
  • CHEM 4530 - Physical Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4530L - Physical Chemistry I Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 4540 - Physical Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4540L - Physical Chemistry II Laboratory Credit Hours: 2.0
  • CHEM 4760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4760L - Advanced Inorganic Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 4890 - Basic Biochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0

Extra-departmental Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 2302 - Calculus II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2051 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
  • PHYS 2052 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0