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Program Requirements

The major in chemistry consists of 125–130 credits, including:

  • 50–52 credits of required and elective chemistry courses
  • 24 credits of required mathematics and physics courses
  • 3 credits in the Natural Science Sequence
  • 50 credits of Liberal Learning Outcomes 

To graduate, a student must receive a minimum grade of “C” for each of the chemistry, mathematics, physics, and natural science courses.

Capstone Research Experience

As a final demonstration of the student’s ability to do science, each student must complete a hypothesis-based or thesis-based research project and defend it successfully before the science faculty and fellow students. Every chemistry student will perform a research project with a faculty member and present their research project to chemistry faculty and students.

Required Research Timeline

To assure that graduation occurs within the student’s expected time frame, capstone research and seminar learning experiences (CHEM 494, 495, 496, and 497) must be completed in the sequence outlined below. Breaking the sequence, skipping a requirement, or failing to complete events by required dates will delay graduation.

  1. Complete NSCI 130 and NSCI 220 prior to attaining 60 credits.
  2. During the spring semester of the junior year, Chemistry students register for CHEM 494 Proposal Writing in Science.
  3. Following successful completion and approval of CHEM 494 research proposal, the student’s advisor will register the student for CHEM 495 (Research in Science) for the fall of the senior year.
  4. The research project (CHEM 495) must be completed by the end of the fall semester. Students will not be allowed to take CHEM 495 and 496 simultaneously.
  5. During the spring of the senior year, students will register for both CHEM 496 (Seminar in Science) and CHEM 497 (Science Research Portfolio).
Program Requirements 

Additional Requirements

Students must meet all Liberal Learning Outcomes required for graduation by the University of Charleston.

Successful completion of American Chemical Society (ACS) examinations may be required as part of the course assessments.