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Chemistry examines the composition, structure, properties, and changes to stuff at the nanometer scale; this is the molecular and atomic scale. Chemists understand the world in terms of how these molecular and atomic units interact: Are the molecules bound to one another? Does one molecule effect how fast a chemical reaction happens? How does molecular component X interact with light in the fingernail polish formulation Y-126 after the brushed film dries on the cuticle? And a zillion other questions around which we can modify outcomes by modifying molecules. Often working to answer these questions can be very lucrative. Chemists have advanced understanding in everything from life to matter in outer space to probable extraterrestrial life in terms of atomic and molecular components. In very basic terms chemistry is the central argument in many other sciences and professions; an education in Chemistry opens many doors.   

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Chemistry degrees lead one to (1) Professional Schools: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy (2) Many careers in research, product development and quality control, the career list. (3) Graduate School. 

Career opportunities in Chemistry

  • research chemist
  • analytical chemist
  • agricultural chemist
  • food chemist
  • technical officer
  • product development chemist
  • process development chemist
  • quality control chemist
  • patent agent
  • laboratory technician
  • teacher
  • technical writer
  • forensic technician
  • pharmaceutical development
  • product testing and analysis
  • ethnobotanist
  • forensic chemist
  • quality control chemist - chemical sales
  • scientific equipment sales

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Chemistry (BA) 122 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • Composition and Communication I3
  • Pre-Major Math Selection3
  • Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3

    Composition and Communication II

  • Pre-Major Math Selection4
  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 230 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3

    Fundamental principles and theories of organic chemistry.

  • CHE 231 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1

    Laboratory for CHE 230 or CHE 236. Laboratory, three hours per week.

  • PHY 211 - GENERAL PHYSICS5

    First part of a two-semester survey of classical and modern physics, focusing on the motion of solids and fluids as governed by Newton's Laws and by the conservation laws of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Lecture, two hours; recitation, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Credit is not given to students who already have credit for PHY 231 and 241.

  • Statistical Inferential Reasoning3
  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CHE 226 - ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY3

    An introduction to the theory and practice of quantitative chemical analysis. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

  • CHE 232 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 230.

  • CHE 233 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II1

    Laboratory for CHE 232. Laboratory, three hours per week.

  • PHY 213 - GENERAL PHYSICS5

    Continuation of PHY 211, covering electrostatics, de circuits, magnetism, Maxwell’s Equations, electromagnetic radiation, light and some modern physics. Lecture, two hours; recitation, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Credit is not given to students who already have credit for PHY 232 and 242.

  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 440G - INTRODUCTORY PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3

    A one-semester survey of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and quantum chemistry with an elementary introduction to spectroscopy. Prereq: PHY 213 or PHY 232; MA 114; CHE 226 or MA 213.

  • WRD 310 - WRITING IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES3

    Instruction and practice with the major genres and argumentative structures of writing in the natural sciences. Special emphasis on—and practice with—the written norms that shape disciplinary knowledge in the natural sciences.

  • Foreign Language 1014
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • CHE 441 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2

    Laboratory studies in physical chemistry, including quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Laboratory, six hours.

  • Foreign Language 1024
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours31

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Foreign Language 2013
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Chemistry-Biochemistry Option (BS) 128 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • Composition and Communication I3
  • Pre-Major Math Selection5
  • Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I3

    BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

  • BIO 155 - LABORATORY FOR INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I1

    This course is designed to provide a broad introduction into the data, results, and information associated with biological research, and into some of the analytical approaches used to test biological hypotheses. Communication of these aspects of biological research is crucial, and much of this lab course will be focused on the development of effective writing skills for the delivery of this information.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3

    Composition and Communication II

  • Pre-Major Math Selection5
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • MA 213 - CALCULUS III4

    A course in multi-variable calculus. Topics include vectors and geometry of space, three-dimensional vector calculus, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, integration on surfaces, Green’s theorem. Optional topics include Stokes’ theorem and the Gauss’ divergence theorem. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Prereq: MA 114 or MA 138 or equivalent.

  • CHE 230 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3

    Fundamental principles and theories of organic chemistry.

  • PHY 231 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS4

    First part of a two-semester survey of classical physics. Consequences of the principles of mechanics are developed conceptually, analytically and quantitatively. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • PHY 241 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS LABORATORY1

    A laboratory course offering experiments in mechanics and heat, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well-written lab report.

  • BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II3

    The second semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and 152) that is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for the biocomplexity of multicellular eukaryotes, with emphasis on animals and terrestrial plants. Structure and function relationships will be explored at many levels of organization.

  • Statistical Inferential Reasoning3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • CHE 226 - ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY3

    An introduction to the theory and practice of quantitative chemical analysis. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

  • CHE 231 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1

    Laboratory for CHE 230 or CHE 236. Laboratory, three hours per week.

  • CHE 232 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 230.

  • PHY 232 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS4

    A general course covering electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves and physical optics. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • PHY 242 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS LABORATORY1

    A laboratory course offering experiments in electricity, magnetism, and light, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well written lab report.

  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours33

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 440G - INTRODUCTORY PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3

    A one-semester survey of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and quantum chemistry with an elementary introduction to spectroscopy. Prereq: PHY 213 or PHY 232; MA 114; CHE 226 or MA 213.

  • CHE 550 - BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY I3

    An introduction to biological chemistry. Topics include amino acids and proteins; nucleic acids and nucleotides; enzyme structure, function and energetics; metabolism including glycolysis; the tricarboxylic acid cycle; electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation; glycogen metabolism; hormone action; and other aspects of modern biological chemistry.

  • Chemistry Major Core Selection2
  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • CHE 410G - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY2

    An overview of inorganic chemistry, including fundamental aspects of structure, bonding, periodicity, spectroscopic properties, reaction mechanisms and applications.

  • CHE 533 - QUALITATIVE ORGANIC ANALYSIS LABORATORY2

    The identification of unknown organic compounds using nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and traditional chemical techniques. Separation techniques are also emphasized. Laboratory, six hours.

  • CHE 552 - BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY II3

    A further introduction to biological chemistry. Topics include lipid metabolism, biosynthesis and metabolism of nitrogen-containing compounds, storage and utilization of genetic information, immunochemistry, and other contemporary topics in biological chemistry.

  • CHE 454 - BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2

    An introductory biological chemistry laboratory course. Areas of experimentation will include spectroscopic methods, electrophoresis, chromatography, and isolation and characterization of biological macromolecules.

  • Chemistry Major Core Selection4
  • Foreign Language 1014
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours31

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 412 - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2

    A laboratory course that will acquaint the student with the synthesis, characterization and properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds of both main-group and transition elements. Laboratory, six hours per week.

  • WRD 310 - WRITING IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES3

    Instruction and practice with the major genres and argumentative structures of writing in the natural sciences. Special emphasis on—and practice with—the written norms that shape disciplinary knowledge in the natural sciences.

  • Foreign Language 1024
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • CHE 441 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2

    Laboratory studies in physical chemistry, including quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Laboratory, six hours.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Senior Hours33
  • Chemistry-Materials Option (BS) 128 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • ACADEMIC ORIENTATION99999
  • Composition and Communication I3
  • Pre-Major Math Selection5
  • Statistical Inferential Reasoning3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3

    Composition and Communication II

  • Pre-Major Math Selection5
  • Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 230 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3

    Fundamental principles and theories of organic chemistry.

  • CHE 231 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1

    Laboratory for CHE 230 or CHE 236. Laboratory, three hours per week.

  • MA 213 - CALCULUS III4

    A course in multi-variable calculus. Topics include vectors and geometry of space, three-dimensional vector calculus, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, integration on surfaces, Green’s theorem. Optional topics include Stokes’ theorem and the Gauss’ divergence theorem. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Prereq: MA 114 or MA 138 or equivalent.

  • PHY 231 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS4

    First part of a two-semester survey of classical physics. Consequences of the principles of mechanics are developed conceptually, analytically and quantitatively. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • PHY 241 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS LABORATORY1

    A laboratory course offering experiments in mechanics and heat, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well-written lab report.

  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • CHE 226 - ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY3

    An introduction to the theory and practice of quantitative chemical analysis. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

  • CHE 232 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 230.

  • PHY 232 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS4

    A general course covering electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves and physical optics. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • PHY 242 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS LABORATORY1

    A laboratory course offering experiments in electricity, magnetism, and light, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well written lab report.

  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities3
  • Global Dynamics3
    • Total17
    • Total Sophomore Hours33

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • MSE 201 - MATERIALS SCIENCE3

    Microscopic and macroscopic structure as related to the properties of materials with engineering applications. Lecture and recitation, three hours.

  • CHE 547 - PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I3

    An introduction to quantum chemistry and spectroscopy, emphasizing modern applications of quantum theory to the calculation of molecular properties. Practical experience with quantum chemistry software on various computer platforms is included.

  • CHE 532 - SPECTROMETIC IDENTIFICATION OF ORGANIC MOLECULES2

    A discussion of nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopies, and mass spectrometry in the determination of the structure and stereochemistry of organic molecules. Prerequisites: CHE 231 and CHE 232.

  • CHE 576 - POLYMER CHEMISTRY3

    Introduction to the theory and practice of polymer chemistry and polymer characterization.

  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • Foreign Language 1014
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • CHE 410G - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY2

    An overview of inorganic chemistry, including fundamental aspects of structure, bonding, periodicity, spectroscopic properties, reaction mechanisms and applications.

  • CHE 533 - QUALITATIVE ORGANIC ANALYSIS LABORATORY2

    The identification of unknown organic compounds using nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and traditional chemical techniques. Separation techniques are also emphasized. Laboratory, six hours.

  • CHE 441 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2

    Laboratory studies in physical chemistry, including quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Laboratory, six hours.

  • CHE 516 - INORGANIC MATERIALS CHEMISTRY3

    Introduction to solid state inorganic materials chemistry, including atomic structure; optical, electronic, and magnetic properties; and characterization methods such as x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy.

  • Foreign Language 1024
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA3
    • Total16
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 412 - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2

    A laboratory course that will acquaint the student with the synthesis, characterization and properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds of both main-group and transition elements. Laboratory, six hours per week.

  • CHE 536 - ORGANIC MATERIALS: ELECTRONIC AND PHOTONIC PROPERTIES3

    A description of relationships between molecular structure and optical and electronic properties, focusing on changes in properties moving from single molecules to aggregates to bulk solid states. Electronic structure and photonic properties of organic molecules, solid-state polymers and interfaces will be considered. Material characteristics will be studied in the types of devices where organic materials show promising performance: displays, lighting, transistors, energy conversion/ storage applications, and non-linear optics technologies.

  • WRD 310 - WRITING IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES3

    Instruction and practice with the major genres and argumentative structures of writing in the natural sciences. Special emphasis on—and practice with—the written norms that shape disciplinary knowledge in the natural sciences.

  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • Foreign Language 2013
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • CHE 566 - ORGANIC MATERIALS: CHARACTERIZATION AND DEVICES3

    A study of applications of organic materials in electronic and optical devices, focusing on appropriate material-selection, processing, and interpretation of device output. Will cover basic methods for the formation of thin films of organic molecules and polymers, various spectroscopic techniques relevant to device performance, and methods to form and measure devices such as transistors and light-emitting diodes. Hybrid organic-inorganic material systems, and complex device structures for all-organic circuitry will be discussed.

  • CHE 567 - ORGANIC MATERIALS: FABRICATION LABORATORY2

    A laboratory course focused on the fabrication and characterization of organic and organic–inorganic hybrid electronic devices. Although a stand-alone course, the laboratory will cover practical aspects related to topics covered in CHE 536 and 566, including processing methods and characterization of optical and electronic properties of organic materials and thin films. Prerequisites: CHE 536 or CHE 566, and PHY 213 or 232, or permission of the instructor

  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total17
    • Total Senior Hours35
  • Chemistry-Traditional Option (BS) 123 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • Composition and Communication I3
  • Pre-Major Math Selection5
  • Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3

    Composition and Communication II

  • Pre-Major Math Selection5
  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • MA 213 - CALCULUS III4

    A course in multi-variable calculus. Topics include vectors and geometry of space, three-dimensional vector calculus, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, integration on surfaces, Green’s theorem. Optional topics include Stokes’ theorem and the Gauss’ divergence theorem. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Prereq: MA 114 or MA 138 or equivalent.

  • CHE 226 - ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY3

    An introduction to the theory and practice of quantitative chemical analysis. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

  • CHE 230 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3

    Fundamental principles and theories of organic chemistry.

  • PHY 231 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS4

    First part of a two-semester survey of classical physics. Consequences of the principles of mechanics are developed conceptually, analytically and quantitatively. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • PHY 241 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS LABORATORY1

    A laboratory course offering experiments in mechanics and heat, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well-written lab report.

    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MA 322 - MATRIX ALGEBRA AND ITS APPLICATIONS3

    Algebra of matrices, elementary theory of vector spaces and inner product spaces, the solution of simultaneous linear equations using Gaussian elimination and triangular factorization. Orthogonal projections, pseudo inverse and singular value decomposition, least squares approximation. Determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization.

  • CHE 231 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1

    Laboratory for CHE 230 or CHE 236. Laboratory, three hours per week.

  • CHE 232 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 230.

  • PHY 232 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS4

    A general course covering electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves and physical optics. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.

  • PHY 242 - GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS LABORATORY1

    A laboratory course offering experiments in electricity, magnetism, and light, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well written lab report.

  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • WRD 310 - WRITING IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES3

    Instruction and practice with the major genres and argumentative structures of writing in the natural sciences. Special emphasis on—and practice with—the written norms that shape disciplinary knowledge in the natural sciences.

  • CHE 532 - SPECTROMETIC IDENTIFICATION OF ORGANIC MOLECULES2

    A discussion of nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopies, and mass spectrometry in the determination of the structure and stereochemistry of organic molecules. Prerequisites: CHE 231 and CHE 232.

  • CHE 547 - PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I3

    An introduction to quantum chemistry and spectroscopy, emphasizing modern applications of quantum theory to the calculation of molecular properties. Practical experience with quantum chemistry software on various computer platforms is included.

  • Foreign Language 1014
  • Statistical Inferential Reasoning3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CHE 410G - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY2

    An overview of inorganic chemistry, including fundamental aspects of structure, bonding, periodicity, spectroscopic properties, reaction mechanisms and applications.

  • CHE 441 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2

    Laboratory studies in physical chemistry, including quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Laboratory, six hours.

  • CHE 442G - THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS3

    Principles of physical chemistry including thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and statistical thermodynamics.

  • CHE 533 - QUALITATIVE ORGANIC ANALYSIS LABORATORY2

    The identification of unknown organic compounds using nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and traditional chemical techniques. Separation techniques are also emphasized. Laboratory, six hours.

  • Foreign Language 1024
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA3
    • Total16
    • Total Junior Hours31

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 412 - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2

    A laboratory course that will acquaint the student with the synthesis, characterization and properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds of both main-group and transition elements. Laboratory, six hours per week.

  • CHE 422 - INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS4

    The theory and application of instrumental methods of analysis. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, six hours.

  • CHE 550 - BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY I3

    An introduction to biological chemistry. Topics include amino acids and proteins; nucleic acids and nucleotides; enzyme structure, function and energetics; metabolism including glycolysis; the tricarboxylic acid cycle; electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation; glycogen metabolism; hormone action; and other aspects of modern biological chemistry.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • Major Field Option Selection3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Senior Hours36

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Chemistry majors pursuing the B.A. receive a basic education in chemistry supplemented with a selection of courses in other science fields. This program prepares graduates to enter the professional health fields, teach in secondary schools, or work in such areas as technical service, patent law, or ecology. The B.S. major in chemistry is designed for students who intend to become professional chemists or do graduate work in chemistry or a closely related discipline. Students select either a traditional track that focuses on all the major areas of chemistry, or a track that specializes in biochemistry. Both options are certified by the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry B.A. Four Year Plan Chemistry B.S. Four Year Plan Bio Chemistry Four Year Plan Chemistry B.S. Materials

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in biological, physical, mathematical and/or computer sciences. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30


Premajor Requirements 

  • MA 113 - Calculus I [4 hours]
  • MA 114 - Calculus II [4 hours]
  • CHE 105 - General College Chemistry I [4 hours]
  • CHE 107 - General College Chemistry II [3 hours]
  • CHE 111 - Laboratory to Accompany General Chemistry I [1 hour]
  • CHE 113 - Laboratory to Accompany General Chemistry II [2 hours]

Total Hours - 18

Major Requirements 

Core Requirements

  • CHE 226 - Analytical Chemistry [3 hours]
  • CHE 230 - Organic Chemistry I [3 hours]
  • CHE 231 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I [1 hour]
  • CHE 232 - Organic Chemistry II [3 hours]
  • CHE 372 - Communication in Chemistry I [1 hour]
  • CHE 410G - Inorganic Chemistry [2 hours]
  • CHE 412 - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory [2 hours]
  • CHE 422 - Instrumental Analysis [4 hours]
  • CHE 441 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory [2 hours]
  • CHE 442G - Thermodynamics and Kinetics [3 hours]
  • CHE 472 - Communications in Chemistry II [1 hour]
  • CHE 532 - Spectrometric Identification of Organic Molecules [2 hours]
  • CHE 533 - Qualitative Organic Analysis Laboratory [2 hours]
  • CHE 547 - Principles of Physical Chemistry I [3 hours]
  • CHE 550 - Biological Chemistry or CHE 552 - Biological Chemistry II [3 hours]

Other Course Work Required for the Major

  • Choose 6 hours of CHE 395, any CHE 500-level course except those required (CHE 422/532/533/ [550 or 552]); BCH 401G [6 hours]

Course Work from the Mathematics Department

  • MA 213 - Calculus III [4 hours]
  • MA 322 - Matrix Algebra and its Applications [3 hours]

Course Work from the Physics Department

  • PHY 231/232 - General University Physics [8 hours]
  • PHY 241/242 - General University Physics Laboratory [2 hours]

Total Hours - 58


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