Additional Requirements for a B.S. Chemistry Degree Approved by the ACS
Students may elect to earn an optional certification by the American Chemical Society by completing the requirements for a Chemistry degree and the following ACS requirements: MAT 203 (required as the second mathematics course in the major); CHM 332 (required as an in-depth course within the major); and further in-depth coursework (including CHM 498 and CHM 451) that provides the student with an additional 5 course credit hours and an additional 162 hours of laboratory experience.
With prior permission and stipulations, research hours completed off campus or as part of the Work Experience Program may also count toward the requirement of in-depth laboratory hours. Students apply for certification through the Chemistry Department and must consult their academic advisor in the Chemistry Department as early as possible to ensure requirements are met.
Chemistry Major with Secondary Education Certification
Students planning to become certified to teach chemistry in public secondary schools must complete a chemistry major and a major in secondary education. In addition to the requirements for the chemistry major listed above, enrolling in BIO 111 and two upper-level biology courses is strongly encouraged.