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2020-2021 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

A summary of all degree requirements as well as other departmental information is available in the Chemistry Department Handbook. All chemistry majors should obtain a copy from the department office.

A degree in chemistry will require chemistry and cognate courses that add up to 69 credits.

Requirements for a Major in Chemistry (B.S.)

1. Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete the general university degree requirements as identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

2. Chemistry Courses

3. Elective Courses

Take any three.

4. Cognate Courses

Additional Information

Students in the chemistry major who transfer or change majors may make these substitutions with advisor approval:

Students in the chemistry major seeking a degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) must also

  • complete at least 148 lab hours in additional elective CHM courses above the 200-level, which could include CHM 490 OR CHM 499,

AND EITHER

Suggested Order of Coursework

This option for a major (B.S.) in Chemistry assumes students will complete the required skills and general education courses and select electives with the help of their advisor.

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Requirements for a Major in Chemistry (B.S.) - Education Emphasis

The education emphasis is designed specifically for students who plan to teach chemistry at the secondary level.

A B.S. degree in chemistry with an education emphasis will require chemistry and cognate courses that add up to 79 credits.

1. Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete the general university degree requirements as identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

2. Chemistry Courses

3. Science Cognate Courses

4. Psychology and Education Courses

Additional Information

Students in the education emphasis who transfer or change majors may make these substitutions with advisor approval:

Students in the education emphasis seeking a degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) must also

  • complete at least 190 lab hours in additional elective CHM courses above the 200-level. CHM 490 and CHM 499 lab hours may be used to satisfy this requirement and
  • eight additional credits of CHM courses above the 200-level, which must include either CHM 462 or CHM 477.

Suggested Order of Coursework

This option for a major in chemistry (B.S.) with an education emphasis assumes students will complete the required skills and general education courses and select electives with the help of their advisors.

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

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