Undergraduate Studies > Chemistry Major > B.Sc. Chemistry (ACS certified)

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B. Sc.) is a pre-professional degree designed for students who plan to become chemists, either by going to graduate school or by working in the chemical industry.  The B. Sc. program, approved by the American Chemical Society, emphasizes intensive study in the sciences.

The B.Sc. in Chemistry is characterized by “400-track” courses in general chemistry (CHEM 1410, 1420), organic chemistry (CHEM 2410, 2420), and physical chemistry (CHEM 3410, 3420), along with their associated laboratories. An “800-track” chemistry course is an acceptable substitute for a corresponding “400-track” course and is recommended for students with a particularly strong background in chemistry, usually with advanced placement in chemistry.

This table shows the suggested sequence of required courses.  Candidates not following the normal course sequence should consult an adviser as early and as often as possible.  Approved electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an adviser; they must include courses that meet other College requirements (Foreign Language, Academic Writing, Humanities, etc.).

First Year – Credits: 32-37

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 14-17
  • CHEM 1410, 1411, 1420, 1421 – Introductory College Chemistry I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 8
    or
    CHEM 1810, 1811, 1820, 1821 – Principles of Chemical Structure and Lab and Principles of Organic Chemistry and Lab – Credits: 12
  • MATH 1310, 1320 – Calculus I and II – Credits: 8

Second Year – Credits: 30-35

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 6-9
  • CHEM 2410, 2411, 2420, 2421 – Organic Chemistry I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 12
    or
    CHEM 2810, 2811, 2820 – Principles of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry and Lab and Principles of Thermodynamics and Kinetics – Credits: 9
  • MATH 2310 – Calculus III – Credits: 4
    or
    APMA 2120 – Multivariable Calculus – Credits: 4
    or
    MATH 3250 – Ordinary Differential Equations – Credits: 4
    or
    APMA 2130 – Ordinary Differential Equations – Credits: 4
  • PHYS 1425, 2415, 1429, 2419 – General Physics I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 8
    (PHYS 2030, 2040 or 2630, 2640 may be taken as the laboratory)
    or
    PHYS 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 – Principles of Physics I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 8

Third Year – Credits: 29-33

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 12-15
  • CHEM 3721 – Analytical Chemistry Laboratory – Credits: 4
    [or CHEM 2220 – Solutions Chemistry – Credits: 4 (no longer offered after Spring 2015)]
    or
    CHEM 3951, 3961, 4951, or 4961 – Undergraduate Research – Credits: 3
    (Please note that research used in place of CHEM 3721 cannot be used to satisfy the research requirement below.)
  • CHEM 3410, 3420 – Physical Chemistry-Quantum Theory and Physical Chemistry-Thermodynamics – Credits: 6
  • CHEM 3811, 3821 – Physical Chemistry I and II Laboratory – Credits: 6

Fourth Year – Credits: 30-36

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 15-21
  • CHEM 3951, 3961, 4951, and/or 4961 – Undergraduate Research – Credits: 6
    (Please note that research used in place of CHEM 3721 cannot be used to satisfy this research requirement.)
  • CHEM 4320 – Inorganic Chemistry – Credits: 3
  • CHEM 4410 – Biological Chemistry I – Credits: 3
  • CHEM 4090 – Analytical Chemistry – Credits: 3 (Previously offered under CHEM 5710)

To view course descriptions, please click here

To view a roadmap with links to the syllabus for each course, please click here.

If you wish to petition to substitute a required course with a different one, please fill out this form, take it (along with a copy of your unofficial transcript) to Cindy Knight (CHM 404).  She will present your request to the Undergraduate Advising Committee.  You will be emailed once a decision has been reached.

Click here for a downloadable brochure of all the undergraduate degree programs we offer in the Chemistry Department.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/ugrad.html