Major and Minor Requirements

Chemistry is the study of matter and the transformations that occur in material things. It is one of the basic sciences, and it is fundamental to the study of all other basic sciences.

People who study chemistry are interested in explaining how our universe works. They want to harness knowledge in a way that provides for the creation of new materials that will improve our lives and our environment. In short, chemists are people who like to solve problems.

The chemistry major at the University of Richmond provides a strong basic background in the major sub-disciplines of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry).

As a result, Richmond chemistry graduates are well equipped to:

  • Go on to the best chemistry graduate programs in the country
  • Enter the work force as chemists in industry and government
  • Pursue studies in the health professions, allied health professions and law
  • Proceed into careers as secondary school teachers
  • Develop careers in sales and marketing for technical industry
  • And countless other options
  • Bachelor of Science

    The Bachelor of Science Degree

    Note: A grade of not less than C- (1.7) is required in each chemistry course applied to the major.

    • 13.5-14.5 units, including:

    • CHEM141 or CHEM192, Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics or Science, Math and Research Training II

    • CHEM205- CHEM206 Organic Chemistry

    • CHEM300 Measurement Statistics

    • CHEM301 Quantitative Methods of Chemical Analysis

    • CHEM309 and CHEM314 or CHEM310 and CHEM315 Physical Chemistry

    • CHEM317 Inorganic Chemistry

    • CHEM322 Junior Seminar

    • CHEM421-CHEM422 Senior Seminar

    • One additional 1-unit upper-level course in chemistry (other than CHEM320 or CHEM321) that is not counted towards another major or minor.

    • An approved research experience (CHEM406 or one unit of CHEM320 or CHEM220) that culminates in a written report or in a formal presentation outside the Chemistry Department.

    • MATH212 Calculus II

    • PHYS127 Algebra-Based General Physics 1 with Lab or PHYS131 Calculus-Based General Physics 1 with Lab

    • PHYS132 Calculus-Based General Physics 2 with Lab

    Additional requirements

    • Additional upper-level elective courses in chemistry and two full years of either biology or physics are highly recommended.

    • Students may only receive credit for one of the following: CHEM141 or CHEM192

  • Bachelor of Arts

    The Bachelor of Arts Degree

    Note: A grade of not less than C- (1.7) is required in each chemistry course applied to the major.

    12 units, including:

    • CHEM141 or CHEM192, Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics or Science, Math and Research Training II

    • CHEM205- CHEM206 Organic Chemistry

    • CHEM300 Measurement Statistics

    • CHEM301 Quantitative Methods of Chemical Analysis

    • CHEM309 and CHEM314 or CHEM310 and CHEM315 Physical Chemistry

    • CHEM317 Inorganic Chemistry

    • CHEM322 Junior Seminar

    • CHEM421-CHEM422 Senior Seminar

    • One additional 1-unit upper-level course in chemistry (other than CHEM320 or CHEM321) that is not counted towards another major or minor.

    • MATH212 Calculus II

    • PHYS127 Algebra-Based General Physics 1 with Lab or PHYS131 Calculus-Based General Physics 1 with Lab

    • PHYS132 Calculus-Based General Physics 2 with Lab

    • Participation in undergraduate research is encouraged as an important part of the program.

    Additional requirements

    • Additional upper-level elective courses in chemistry and two full years of either biology or physics are highly recommended.

    • Students may only receive credit for one of the following: CHEM141 or CHEM192

  • Minor

    The Chemistry Minor

    Note: A grade of not less than C- (1.7) is required in each course in the minor.

    Six and a half units, including:

    • CHEM141 or CHEM192, Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics or Science, Math and Research Training II

    • CHEM205- CHEM206 Organic Chemistry

    • CHEM317 Inorganic Chemistry

    • At least two and a half units of additional course work at the 300 or 400 level that is not counted towards another major or minor. Please note that CHEM300, research (CHEM320 or CHEM321), and seminar (CHEM322, CHEM421, and CHEM422) cannot be used to satisfy coursework for the minor.

    Students may only receive credit for one of the following: CHEM141 or CHEM192