Chemistry B.S.CHEM (Concentration in Biochemistry)

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
CHEM   1145
CHEM   1146
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry II (Recommended) 1
Select 1 lecture/lab course from Area D2 Environmental Science of the Core Curriculum4
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
MATH   1441Calculus I4
MATH   2242Calculus II4
PHYS   2211Principles of Physics I4
PHYS   2212Principles of Physics II4
Math, Computer Science, Science Course approved by advisor - may include carryover from Area A2 (1) and/or Area D (1)2
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Specific Requirements
BIOL   2107Principles of Biology I3
BIOL   2107LPrinciples of Biology I Laboratory1
BIOL   2108Principles of Biology II3
BIOL   2108LPrinciples of Biology II Laboratory1
CHEM   2030Principles of Chemistry Research3
CHEM   2242Analytical Chemistry4
Major Requirements
CHEM   3140Advanced Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM   3341Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM   3342Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM   3441Chemical Kinetics & Thermodynamics4
CHEM   3442Introduction to Quantum Chemistry4
CHEM   5541Biochemistry I4
CHEM   5542Biochemistry II4
Students must complete 4 additional hours of upper-level chemistry coursework (3000-level and above), not to include CHEM   3530 Principles of Biochemistry 24
Students must also complete 6 credit hours of Advisor-approved upper-level (3000-level and above) Biology coursework.6
Select 7 credit hours of Electives (At least 3 credit hours must be outside Chemistry)7
Total Credit Hours126

The listed courses are recommended in Area D as prerequisites for major courses.


a maximum of 4 cr hrs of CHEM   4890 Chemical Research Experience and/or CHEM   4790 Chemistry Internship, and only 1 cr hr of CHEM   3790 Teaching Internship in Chemistry, may be counted toward the upper-level chemistry coursework.

Program Admission Criteria

  • Students who wish to change their major to Chemistry must have a total institution GPA of 2.0 or better in all course work completed at Georgia Southern.
  • Transfer students from other institutions who wish to major in Chemistry must have a GPA of 2.0 or better on all credit hours attempted at other institutions as well as those hours attempted at Georgia Southern.

Other Program Requirements

  • Chemistry majors must maintain a “C” average in all major coursework which applies toward graduation.

Honors in Chemistry

To graduate with Honors in Chemistry, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program
  • complete a capstone project equivalent to three credit hours with a measurable outcome approved by the Department of Chemistry
  • maintain a 3.3 overall GPA, including a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all major courses applied toward graduation

This degree is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).


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