Undergraduate Degrees

Chemistry Major (B.A.)

2020-2021 Roadmap [Degree Requirements]The Bachelor of Arts in chemistry degree has fewer required courses than any of the Bachelor of Science chemistry degree concentration, allowing students greater flexibility in choosing electives and additional concentrations. Although not intended for students who plan to become practicing chemists, it is well suited for those needing a strong chemistry background as preparation for other career opportunities. The degree may be used to meet pre-medicine or pre-dentistry requirements when appropriate courses from biological sciences are used to fulfill elective hours; however, the B.S. in chemistry - biological chemistry degree is strongly recommended for students interested in medical or dental school.

Chemistry Major (B.S.)

Biochemistry Concentration

2020-2021 Roadmap [Degree Requirements]The chemistry - biochemistry concentration is tailored for students interested in careers in pharmacy, as well as those planning to pursue graduate study in biochemistry or move on to a job as a BS-level biochemist. With careful planning, students can transfer to the College of Pharmacy at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) after completing 3 years at KSU. Transfer of specific coursework from NEOMED then permits the student to complete the BS degree. With appropriate selection of electives, this degree concentration may be certified by the American Chemical Society.

Biological Chemistry Concentration - Pre-Medicine/Pre-Osteopathy/Pre-Dentistry option

2020-2021 Roadmap [Degree Requirements]This concentration is tailored specifically to meet the needs of those students interested in a career in medicine or dentistry. All students pursuing degrees under the Biological Chemistry concentration take a broad range of chemistry, biology and biochemistry courses, as well as physics and mathematics courses. Differentiating this pre-professional option is a course in animal physiology and the possibility of taking a vertebrate anatomy course as a concentration elective. This option meets all pre-medicine and pre-dentistry requirements and provides one of the strongest possible preparations for the MCAT/DAT and for medical and dental school.

Chemistry Concentration

2020-2021 Roadmap [Degree Requirements]This traditional Bachelor of Science chemistry degree program is designed for students interested in careers as practicing chemists in industrial research and development, in government research laboratories, or in academia. It includes a strong foundation in both chemistry and related disciplines (physics and mathematics), and provides opportunities to pursue advanced chemistry electives. Students This concentration meets the requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society and is ideal for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.


2020-2021 Roadmap [Degree Requirements]The industrial chemistry concentration provides solid training in the major areas of Chemistry as well as practical experience in fields sought by chemical industries.  This program provides extensive options for an industrial internship, elective work in other areas of science and technology, and courses in business, patent law and industrial safety.  It is designed to prepare students for careers in industry upon graduation.

Materials Chemistry Concentration

2020-2021 Roadmap [Degree Requirements]The chemistry - materials chemistry program is recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study or industrial careers in materials science, including nanotechnology. Its requirements, similar to those of the traditional chemistry concentration, provides an opportunity for more in-depth study in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organic materials, including polymers.

Chemistry Minor

2020-2021 Minor Requirements

Course requirements for chemistry minor (25 credits):

Minor Requirements   16-18
CHEM 30301 Inorganic Chemistry I 2
Choose from the following groups:   10
CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I (4)  
  10060 General Chemistry II (4)  
  10062 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
  10063 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  
CHEM 10960 Honors General Chemistry (5)  
  10961 Honors General Chemistry (3)  
Choose from the following groups:    
CHEM 20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I (4)  
  30481 Organic Chemistry I (3)  
  30482 Organic Chemistry II (3)  
Electives (with minor advisor approval)   7-9
CHEM *20482 Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)  
  30050 Introduction to Materials Chemistry (2)  
  30105 Analytical Chemistry I (3)  
  30106 Analytical Chemistry II (2)  
  30107 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
  30108 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II (2)  
  **30284 Introductory Biological Chemistry (4)  
  30475 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
  30476 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  
  **40245 Biochemical Foundations of Medicine (4)  
  **40247 Principles of Biochemistry (4)  
  40302 Inorganic Chemistry II (2)  
  ***40555 Elementary Physical Chemistry (3)  
  40556 Elementary Physical Chemistry (3)  
  for physics majors taking the chemistry concentration  
  ***40567 Basic Concepts of Physical Chemistry (4)  
  ****40568 Elementary Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1)  
  Total 25

* Students who take CHEM 30481 and 30482 cannot take CHEM 20482.
** Well-prepared students may substitute CHEM 40245 or 40247 for CHEM 30284. Students can only take one of these course.
*** Students who take CHEM 40555 cannot take CHEM 40567.
**** Students may take CHEM 40568 only if they have taken CHEM 40555, 40556 or 40567 as a pre/corequisite.

Minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA required and a 2.00 GPA in chemistry.