ACS Certified Chemistry Degree

Bachelor's of Science
Suggested Program of Study

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule (program map). The milestones listed below each year are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. A sample schedule below provides a general guideline to help you build a schedule each term. Select your courses with your academic advisor to satisfy all core curriculum and other requirements. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for the most current curriculum. View a course checklist.

Year 1

Fall Hrs.
CHEM 1211 and 1211L 4
CHEM 1210 (take fall or spring) 1
MATH 1113 3
ENGL 1101 3
POLS 1101 3
Total hours 14
Spring Hrs.
CHEM 1212 and 1212L 4
MATH 2261 4
ENGL 1102 3
HIST 2111 or 2112 3
Total hours 14

Milestones: ≥2.0 GPA. Complete freshman Chemistry sequence. Core or Electives includes 9 hours of Modern Foreign Language. Electives must be chosen to give 39 total upper-division hours, 6 hours of which must be other than chemistry. CHEM Electives consist of 6 hours of advanced chemistry courses. Mathematics helps us understand chemistry so students should begin CHEM 1211 with a good foundation of college algebra and trig. Students placed in MATH 1111 or 1112 should try to complete MATH 1113 (Precalculus) and Calculus I and II sequence as soon as possible. Calculus I and II are co-requisites for Year 2 physics courses and pre-requisites for Physical Chemistry in Year 3. Students registering for CHEM 1200 should complete the Chemistry Placement Test to see if they qualify for CHEM 1211. Completing CHEM 1200 may be necessary but it will delay enrollment in all subsequent chemistry classes.

Year 2

Fall Hrs.
CHEM 3401 4
CHEM 2210 (take fall or spring) 1
CHEM 2310 4
MATH 2262 4
PHYS 2211K or 1111K 4
Total hours 17
Spring Hrs.
CHEM 3402 4
CHEM 3510 4
PHYS 2212K or 1112K 4
Core or elective (MATH 3340 recommended) 4
Total hours 16

Milestones: ≥2.0 GPA. Complete MATH requirement. Strongly suggest students join the American Chemical Society. Apply for summer research program, if applicable. ≥2.0 GPA. Complete Organic Chemistry requirement. Apply for summer research program, if applicable.

Year 3

Fall Hrs.
CHEM 3801 4
CHEM 3601 3
Core or Electives 9
Total hours 16
Spring Hrs.
CHEM 3802 4
CHEM 3601L 2
Upper Division CHEM or other Elective 3
Core or Guided Electives 6
Total hours 15

Milestones: ≥2.0 GPA. Apply for summer research program, if Applicable. Complete Physics Requirement. Complete legislative requirements. Complete ENGL requirement. Apply for summer research program, if applicable. ≥2.0 GPA. By spring of your third year, you should: Decided if you want to pursue a minor. Visit the Office of Career Opportunities, the College of Education Advising Center (if you want to get teacher certification), and begin planning for life after VSU.

Year 4

Fall Hrs.
CHEM or other Elective (CHEM 4420, 4810 and/or 4910 recommended) 6
Core or Guided Electives 9
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
CHEM 4310 4
Upper Division CHEM or other Elective 4
CHEM 4210 1
Core or Guided Electives 6
Total hours 15

Milestones: ≥2.0 GPA. Complete Biochemistry Requirement. Submit graduation application. By spring of your senior you should: Begin applications for graduate or professional school, if required for your career plans. Contact professors to write letters of reference for you. Prepare a professional resume.