In 2010, Clayton State University began offering a B.S. degree in Chemistry. The chemistry major is designed to meet the admissions standards and requirements of graduate and professional programs and to prepare students for a variety of careers. Along with providing a required core of classes in chemistry, the program includes a rigorous background in physics and mathematics that will allow our students to succeed in their chosen career. Upper-level students choose chemistry electives and directed electives, allowing them to take courses that are appropriate for their career goals and/or earn a minor in another discipline. In addition, all students earning the Chemistry degree participate in experiential learning (internships or independent research projects) with faculty. As our society becomes increasingly technological, career opportunities for individuals with science degrees will continue to increase. Students majoring in chemistry can work in a number of areas, including government agencies and law enforcement. The major also prepares the student for further education in pursuit of graduate degrees or professional degrees in chemical-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, forensic science, environmental science, and many more!
After completing the B.S. in Chemistry program at Clayton State University, graduates will be able to:
B.S. in Chemistry (catalog years 2010 and later)
Course descriptions for all Chemistry courses can be found in the academic catalog.
A suggested sequence of courses for the chemistry major provides a suggestion for the the order of coursework. This is only an example of one way that the chemistry major can be completed in four years. Your course sequencing may be different. Consult your academic advisor for the best course plan for you.
The chemistry core and elective courses offered each semester are listed in the tables below:
These core courses are required for all chemistry majors, and are offered every year in the following semesters:
Principles of Chemistry I and Laboratory
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Principles of Chemistry II and Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
Sophomore Chemistry Seminar
Spring 18, Fall 19
CHEM 3220 or
As arranged with instructor
Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Fall 18, Fall 20
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Spring 19, Spring 21
Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Mechanics
Fall 17, Fall 19
CHEM 4401L or
CHEM 4402L or
Advanced Laboratory I: Organic Synthesis
Advanced Laboratory II: Biochemistry
Advanced Laboratory III: Inorganic Synthesis
Senior Chemistry Seminar
Spring 18, Spring 20
Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Fall and Spring
These elective courses are offered in the following semesters:
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Chemistry Research Practicum
Spring 2018, Fall 2021
Solid State Chemistry
Special Topics in Chemistry
Fall 2018 (Food Chemistry)
*CHEM 3202 will only count in the biology major and the chemistry minor.
The graduation application for the B.S. in Chemistry degree program.
Additional information about the chemistry degree can be found in the brochure.