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Chemistry Major (ACS Approved)

The Drury chemistry program is designed to provide the students with a hands-on approach to learning with modern-day equipment and instrumentation. The curriculum offers three majors (ACS Chemistry, ACS Biochemistry, and Chemistry) that can prepare students for direct employment after graduation and/or provide a strong foundation for continued education in graduate school or a health-related profession.

It is strongly recommended that students contact an advisor in the chemistry program to help them determine which major will provide the best opportunity for them to successfully complete preparation for their chosen career.

The ACS chemistry major requires a minimum of 54 credit hours.

Students planning a career in chemistry or biochemistry research, or as a professional chemist or biochemist, are strongly encouraged to complete the major approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 327: Physical Chemistry
CHEM 336: Biochemistry
CHEM 412: Advanced Organic Chemistry Reactions

Choose One*

CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry Reactions
CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry
*Student may only select CHEM 312 OR CHEM 315.

Choose four from the following foundation labs:

CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 312-L: Organic Chemistry Reactions Lab*
CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Lab*
CHEM 327-L: Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 336-L: Biochemistry Lab
*Students may only select CHEM 312L or CHEM 315L.

Choose two advanced topics from the following:
CHEM 308: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 338: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 414: Medicinal Chemistry
*CHEM 412: Advanced Organic Chemistry Reactions
*CHEM 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 427: Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM 436: Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 390, 490: Selected Topics
*Students may only select CHEM 412 or CHEM 415

Choose two from the following advanced labs:
CHEM 308-L: Advanced Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 338-L: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 414L: Medicinal Chemistry Lab
CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 427-L: Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 436-L:Advanced Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 491, 492: Advanced Research

Research and Non-Chemistry Course Requirements:
CHEM 391, 392 Research
MATH 231: Calculus I
MATH 232: Calculus II
PHYS 211: General Physics I
PHYS 212: General Physics II