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B.S. Program in Chemistry (BSAS/CHEM)

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Fres​hmen Year

First SemesterCr.Second SemesterCr.
Critical Reading & Writing, ENGL-110g3General Chemistry, CHEM-1123
General Chemistry, CHEM-1113Quantitative Chemistry, CHEM-1203
Intro to Chemical Sciences, CHEM-1152Anal. Geom. & Calculus, MATH-2424
UNIV-101 First Year Seminar (FYS)                    
1Group A, B, or C Electivesc6
Anal. Geom. & Calculus, MATH-2414  
Group A, B, or C Electivec3
  16  16

Sophom​​ore Year

First SemesterCr.Second SemesterCr.
Organic Chemistry, CHEM-3313Organic Chemistry, CHEM-3323
Organic Chemistry Lab, CHEM-3332Organic Chemistry Lab, CHEM-3342
Anal. Geom. & Calculus, MATH-2434General Physics, PHYS-202 
Group A, B, or C Electivec3
(or PHYS-208)b4
General Physics, PHYS-201 Inorganic Chemistry I, CHEM-3573
(or PHYS-207)a4Elective (MATH-302 or CISC-106 recommended)3
  16  15

Junior ​Year*

First SemesterCr.Second SemesterCr.
Physical Chemistry, CHEM-4433Physical Chemistry, CHEM-4443
Physical Chemistry Lab, CHEM-4451Physical Chemistry Lab, CHEM-4461
Instrumental Methods, CHEM-4373Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM-4573
Instrumental Methods Lab, CHEM-4381Inorganic Chemistry Lab, CHEM-4581
Group A, B, or C Electivesc6
Group A, B, or C Electivec3
Biochemistry, CHEM527f3Group A, B, or C Electivec3
  17  14

Se​​nior Year*

First SemesterCr.Second SemesterCr.
Seminar, CHEM-465 (fall version)1Seminar, CHEM-465 (spring version)i1
Advanced Chemistryd,j3Undergraduate Research, CHEM-468e,j 
Undergraduate Research, CHEM-468e,j (or Elective)3
(or Elective)3Electives10

  16  14

Total: 124 credit hours mini​​mumi

Chemist​ry: 46 credit hours minimumd

Candidates fo​​r a B.S. in chemistry must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 for all chemistry courses taken.h

*NOTE: The senior year has been kept relatively free of required courses in order to maximize the time available to do UG research and to take optional advanced courses. However, any or all of the junior year CHEM courses may be moved to the senior year, if desired.

bThe Physics 207, and 208 sequence is recommended for students with a sound mathematical background which will allow them to begin the series in the Freshman year.

cGroup A, B, and C electives refer to the Arts and Science B.A. curriculum. A total of 21 credits in Groups A, B, and C are required, with a minimum of six credits in each group. The course used to satisfy the 3 credit multicultural course requirement may also satisfy part of the A/B/C group requirement simultaneously, as long as it is on the approved lists for both the A/B/C group and multicultural course requirements. Minimum grades of C-required.

dThe three required credits of Advanced Chemistry may be chosen from chemistry electives having a CHEM-600 number or greater (excluding Special Problems and Undergraduate Research).

eWith advisor's consent. Grading for CHEM-468 will be P/F only, unless a comprehensive final report is written, whereupon a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 12 credits can be converted to a letter grade.

fStudents intending to take senior research in biochemistry or upper level biochemistry courses should take Biochemistry CHEM-641/642 in the junior year instead of CHEM-527.

gA second writing course is required involving significant writing experience, including two papers with a combined minimum of 3,000 words to be submitted for extended faculty critique of both composition and content. This requirement can only be filled in the junior or senior year. A minimum grade of C must be earned. The course must be on the approved list of courses for the second writing requirement, and must be designated as a second writing requirement section in the registration booklet when the course is taken.

hThe calculation of the chemistry course GPA (2.00 minimum required for graduation) for candidates for the B.S. degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry will not include grades earned for lower level disciplinary courses taken after a higher level course in the same subdiscipline has been taken and passed with a grade of C or higher. Likewise, freshmen-level courses may not be used by upperclassmen as GPA enhancers after those required for graduation have been taken. CHEM-342 and CHEM-100 will be regarded as exceptions to the foregoing prohibitions, since their subject matter coverage is considerably different than that found in higher level courses. Repeated chemistry courses are counted only once in the calculation of the chemistry GPA (See Example Below).

iA 3 credit Discovery Learning Experience must be included in the total of 124 credits A 3 credit Discovery Learning Experience must be included in the total of 124 credits. In order for an independent study course to be approved to satisfy DLE, the student and their supervising faculty member must complete the Independent Study/Discovery Learning (DLE) webform (info here: This must be completed before the registration change deadline in the semester the course is taken (see description in current Undergraduate Catalog).

jCHEM-465 and CHEM-468 serve as capstone courses.

A grade earned in CHEM-214 subsequent to a C or better grade earned in CHEM-527 (or CHEM-641/642) would not be counted in the chemistry GPA calculation for B.S. chemistry or biochemistry majors.

Effective 9/1/18 - (class of 2022)

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B.S. Program in Chemistry (BSAS/CHEM)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 102 Brown Laboratory
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1247
  • Undergraduate Program Inquiries 302-831-2465