Chemistry B.S.CHEM

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
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   4241Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM   5541Biochemistry I4
Students must complete 9 additional hours of upper level chemistry coursework* (3000-level and above, not to include CHEM   3530 Principles of Biochemistry) 29
Select 16 credit hours of Electives (At least 3 credit hours must be outside Chemistry)16
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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