The B.S. in Chemistry Degree
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:
- demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of chemistry.
- demonstrate a broad range of basic laboratory skills applicable to chemistry, and improved chemical research skills.
- demonstrate knowledge of technology related to chemistry, including laboratory instrumentation.
- apply knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve chemical problems.
- communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.
- collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.
- collaborate effectively on team-oriented projects.
- identify and describe the impact of chemistry on society.
Major Curriculum Worksheet
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|
|Course Number||Course Name||Semester(s) Offered|
|CHEM 1211/L||Principles of Chemistry I and Laboratory||Fall, Spring, and Summer|
|CHEM 1212/L||Principles of Chemistry II and Laboratory||Fall, Spring, and Summer|
|CHEM 2411/L||Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory||Fall, Spring, and Summer|
|CHEM 2412/L||Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory||Fall, Spring, and Summer|
|CHEM 2500||Sophomore Chemistry Seminar||Spring 18, Fall 19|
CHEM 3220 or
|On-campus Internship||As arranged with instructor|
|Introductory Research||As arranged with instructor|
|CHEM 3411||Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics and Kinetics||Fall 18, Fall 20|
|CHEM 3411L||Physical Chemistry Laboratory||Spring 19, Spring 21|
|CHEM 3412||Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Mechanics||Spring 19, Spring 21|
|CHEM 3811||Analytical Chemistry||Fall 17, Fall 19|
|CHEM 4202||Biochemistry I||Spring|
|CHEM 4202L||Biochemistry Laboratory||Spring 19|
CHEM 4401L or
CHEM 4402L or
|Advanced Laboratory I: Organic Synthesis||Spring 21|
|Advanced Laboratory II: Biochemistry||Fall 19|
|Advanced Laboratory III: Inorganic Synthesis||Spring 18|
|CHEM 4500||Senior Chemistry Seminar||
|CHEM 4811||Instrumental Analysis||Spring 18, Spring 20|
|CHEM 4811L||Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory||Spring 18, Spring 20|
|CHEM 4999A||Senior Evaluation||Fall and Spring|
|CHEM 4999B||Senior Evaluation||Fall and Spring|
|These elective courses are offered in the following semesters|
|Course Number||Course Name||Semester(s) Offered|
|CHEM 3202*||Introductory Biochemistry*||Fall*|
|CHEM 3210||Off-campus Internship||As arranged with instructor|
|CHEM 3220||On-campus Internship||As arranged with instructor|
|CHEM 3230||Introductory Research||As arranged with instructor|
|CHEM 4110||Environmental Chemistry||Spring 2014|
|CHEM 4201||Advanced Organic Chemistry||Spring 2021|
|CHEM 4203||Biochemistry II||Spring 2015|
|CHEM 4204||Forensic Chemistry||TBA|
|CHEM 4205||Medicinal Chemistry||Fall 2019|
|CHEM 4206||Polymer Chemistry||Spring 2017|
|CHEM 4230||Chemistry Research Practicum||As arranged with instructor|
|CHEM 4301||Inorganic Chemistry||Spring 2018, Fall 2021|
|CHEM 4302||Solid State Chemistry||TBA|
|CHEM 4411||Biophysical Chemistry||TBA|
|CHEM 4412||Computational Chemistry||Spring 2020|
|CHEM 4700||Special Topics in Chemistry||Fall 2018 (Food Chemistry)
Spring 2019 (Color 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.
Chemistry Major Brochure
Additional information about the chemistry degree can be found in the brochure.