Department of Chemistry

A grade of C or better is required in each science and math course offered for degree credit for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Student Learning Outcomes
College of Science
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

  1. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic mastery of the general chemistry core concepts, including the basic chemical concepts of stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, and kinetics.
  2. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic mastery of foundation level chemical concepts in the five traditional subdisciplines of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.
  3. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic mastery of in-depth topics in chemistry that build upon the foundation and incorporate integration of concepts, critical thinking skills, and problem solving skills.
  4. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic competency in functioning as a chemist through a semester long research experience or internship in a professional setting. Competency must be demonstrated through written and oral reporting and be evidenced by satisfactory accomplishment of research or professional laboratory tasks.  Students must synthesize the knowledge and skills introduced across the curriculum.
  5. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic competency in laboratory skills during a minimum of 400 hours of laboratory performance.
  6. Students will demonstrate ad minimum a basic competency in the following ancillary areas: problem solving skills, chemical literature and information management skills, laboratory safety skills, communications skills, team skills, and ethics.

Curriculum in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (No Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    PHYS 1062  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  Humanities Electives4  6
Mathematics    Literature  3
MATH 21142,3 4  Social Sciences  
MATH 21242,3 4  Social Sciences Elective4 
Science    Arts  
BIOS 1083 3  Arts elective4 3
PHYS 1061 3    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Approved MATH Elective5 3  CHEM 2017  1
BIOS 1081 1  CHEM 2025  3
BIOS 2114 4  CHEM 2117  3
CHEM 1000 1  CHEM 2217  3
CHEM 1007 1  Computer Programming Elective6  3
CHEM 1008 1  PHYS 10637  1
CHEM 1017 3  PHYS 10658  1
CHEM 1018 3  General Electives  17
    Total 513
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 2000  1  CHEM 3411  3
CHEM 3018  3  CHEM 4000  0
CHEM 3027  3  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
CHEM 3094  4  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
CHEM 3218  1  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
CHEM 3310  3  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
    Total 30
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirement
Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
  1. ā€œCā€ or better required.
  2. 6 credits of Math satisfy the general education requirements. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. Completion of MATH 2107, 2108 and 2 credits of general electives fulfills the requirement for MATH 2114, 2124. Completion of Math 2111 , MATH 2112 and 1 credit of general electives fulfills all the math requirements for the BS degree.
  4. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Must be taken from the following: MATH 2134 , 2314, 3511. MATH 1125 and 1126 may be used as general elective hours.
  6. The programming requirement can be fulfilled by CSCI 1201, 1203, 1205, 1581/1583 or CHEM 2310.
  7. PHYS 1033 can be used to replace PHYS 1063.
  8. PHYS 1034 can be used to replace PHYS 1065.
  9. Must be taken from the following: CHEM 3096, 3110, 3610, 3710, 4110, 4210, 4310, 4311, 4410, 4510, 4511; BIOS 4103, 4113, 4153, 4173, 4334, 4490 (approval required); 4713; EES 4115; 3 cr. hr. must be at the 4000 level.

Curriculum in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Biochemistry Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    PHYS 1062  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  Humanities Elective4  6
Mathematics    Literature  3
MATH 21142,3 4  Social Sciences  
MATH 21242,3 4  Social Sciences electives4  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS 1083 3  Arts elective4  3
PHYS 1061 3    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Approved MATH Elective5 3  CHEM 2025  3
CHEM 1000 1  CHEM 2117  3
CHEM 1007 1  CHEM 2217  3
CHEM 1008 1  Computer Programming Elective6  3
CHEM 1017 3  PHYS 10637  1
CHEM 1018 3  PHYS 10658  1
CHEM 2017 1  General Electives  14
    Total 433
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 2000  1  CHEM 3411  3
CHEM 3018  3  CHEM 4000  0
CHEM 3027  3  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
CHEM 3094 or 3091  4  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
CHEM 3218  1    
CHEM 3310  3    
    Total 24
Biochemistry Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
BIOS 3453, 4153, 4334, 4490 (requires prior approval) or 4713  3  BIOS 1081  1
CHEM 4510  3  BIOS 2114  4
CHEM 4511  3    
    Total 14
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirements
Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
BIOS 4114 and research in biochemistry culminating in a comprehensive written report are highly recommended.

This degree program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The department is authorized to certify that graduating students have completed a bachelor's degree meeting the ACS guidelines.

  1. "C" or better required.
  2. 6 credits of Math satisfy the General Education requirements. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. Completion of MATH 2107, 2108 and 2 credits of general electives fulfills the requirement for MATH 2114, 2124. Completion of Math 2111, MATH 2112 and 1 credit of general electives fulfills all the math requirements for the BS degree.
  4. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Must be taken from the following: MATH 2134, 2314, 3511. MATH 1125 and 1126 may be used as general elective hours.
  6. The programming requirement can be fulfilled by CHEM 2310 or one CSCI 1201, 1203, 1205, 1581/1583.
  7. PHYS 1033 can be used to replace PHYS 1063.
  8. PHYS 1034 can be used to replace PHYS 1065.
  9. Must be taken from the following: CHEM 3096, 3110, 3610, 3710, 4110, 4210, 4310, 4311, 4410, 4510, 4511; BIOS 4103, 4113, 4153, 4173, 4334, 4490 (approval required); 4713; EES 4115.

Curriculum in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Chemical Physics Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    PHYS 1062  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  Humanities Electives4  6
Mathematics    Literature  3
MATH 21142,3 4  Social Sciences  
MATH 21242,3 4  Social Sciences Elective4  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS 1083 3  Arts elective5 3
PHYS 1061 3    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Approved MATH Elective5 3  CHEM 2017  1
BIOS 1081 1  CHEM 2025  3
BIOS 2114 4  CHEM 2117  3
CHEM 1000 1  CHEM 2217  3
CHEM 1007 1  CHEM 2310  3
CHEM 1008 1  PHYS 10636  1
CHEM 1017 3  PHYS 10657  1
CHEM 1018 3  General Electives  9
    Total 433
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 2000  1  CHEM 3310  3
CHEM 3018  3  CHEM 3411  3
CHEM 3027  3  CHEM 4000  0
CHEM 3094  4  Advanced Chemistry Elective8  3
CHEM 3218  1  Advanced Chemistry Elective8  3
    Total 24
Chemical Physics Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Physics Electives beyond the first year level  6  CHEM 4311  4
CHEM 4310  4    
    Total 14
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirement
 Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
  1.  "C" or better required
  2.  6 credits of Math satisfy the General Education requirements. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3.  Completion of MATH 2107, 2108 and 2 credits of general electives fulfills the requirement for MATH 2114, 2124. Completion of Math 2111, MATH 2112 and 1 credit of general electives fulfills all the math requirements for the BS degree.
  4.  Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5.  Must be taken from the following: MATH 2134, 2314, 3511. MATH 1125 and 1126 may be used as general elective hours.
  6.  PHYS 1033 can be used to replace PHYS 1063.
  7.  PHYS 1034 can be used to replace PHYS 1065.
  8.  Must be taken from the following: CHEM 3096, 3110, 3610, 3710, 4110, 4210,4310, 4311, 4410, 4510, 4511; BIOS 4103, 4113, 4153, 4173, 4334, 4490 (approval required); 4713; EES 4115.
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Curriculum in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Forensics Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    PHYS 1062  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  Humanities Electives4  6
Mathematics    Literature  3
MATH 21142,3 4  Social Sciences  
MATH 21242,3 4  Social Sciences Elective4  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS 1083 3  Arts Elective4 3
PHYS 1061 3    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
BIOS 1081 1  CHEM 2025  3
BIOS 2114 4  CHEM 2117  3
CHEM 1000 1  CHEM 2217  3
CHEM 1007 1  Computer Programming Elective5  3
CHEM 1008 1  PHYS 10636  1
CHEM 1017 3  PHYS 10657  1
CHEM 1018 3  General Electives  14
CHEM 2017 1    
    Total 453
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 2000  1  CHEM 3411  3
CHEM 3018  3  CHEM 4000  0
CHEM 3027  3  Advanced Chemistry Elective8  3
CHEM 3094  4    
CHEM 3218  1    
CHEM 3310  3    
    Total 21
Forensics Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 1110  3  CHEM 4110  3
CHEM 3110  3  MATH 2314  3
CHEM 4030  3    
    Total 15
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirements
 Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
POLI 2450 is recommended. An internship in forensics is highly recommended. BIOS 3453 and 4114 are recommended for students interested in DNA analysis.

This degree program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The department is authorized to certify that graduating students have completed a bachelor's degree meeting the ACS guidelines.

  1.  "C" or better required
  2. 6 credits of Math satisfy the General Education requirements. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3.  Completion of MATH 2107, 2108 and 2 credits of general electives fulfills the requirement for MATH 2114, 2124. Completion of Math 2111, MATH 2112 and 1 credit of general electives fulfills all the math requirements for the BS degree.
  4.  Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5.  The programming requirement can be fulfilled by CSCI 1201, 1203, 1205, 1581/1583 or CHEM 2310.
  6.  PHYS 1033 can be used to replace PHYS 1063.
  7.  PHYS 1034 can be used to replace PHYS 1065.
  8.  Must be taken from the following: CHEM 3096, 3610, 3710, 4210, 4310, 4311, 4410, 4510, 4511; BIOS 4103, 4113, 4153, 4334, 4490 (approval required); 4713; 3 cr. hr. must be at the 4000 level.

Curriculum in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Materials Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    PHYS 1062  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  Humanities Elective4  6
Mathematics    Literature  3
MATH 21142,3 4  Social Sciences  
MATH 21242,3 4  Social Sciences Elective4  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS 1083 3  Arts Elective4  3
PHYS 1061 3    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Approved MATH Elective5 3  CHEM 2017  1
BIOS 1081 1  CHEM 2025  3
BIOS 2114 4  CHEM 2117  3
CHEM 1000 1  CHEM 2217  3
CHEM 1007 1  Computer Programming Elective6  3
CHEM 1008 1  PHYS 10637  1
CHEM 1017 3  PHYS 10658  1
CHEM 1018 3  General Electives  14
    Total 483
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 2000  1  CHEM 3310  3
CHEM 3018  3  CHEM 4000  0
CHEM 3094  4  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
CHEM 3218  1  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
    Total 18
Materials Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 3027  3  CHEM 3610  3
CHEM 3411  3  CHEM 4410  3
CHEM 3096  3    
    Total 15
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirement
 Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
  1.  "C" or better required
  2.  6 credits of Math satisfy the General Education requirements. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3.  Completion of MATH 2107, 2108 and 2 credits of general electives fulfills the requirement for MATH 2114, 2124. Completion of Math 2111, MATH 2112 and 1 credit of general electives fulfills all the math requirements for the BS degree.
  4.  Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5.  Must be taken from the following: MATH 2134, 2314, 3511. MATH 1125 and 1126 may be used as general elective hours.
  6.  The programming requirement can be fulfilled by CHEM 2310 or one of CSCI 1201, 1203, 1205, or 1581/1583.
  7.  PHYS 1033 can be used to replace PHYS 1063.
  8.  PHYS 1034 can be used to replace PHYS 1065.
  9.  Must be taken from the following: CHEM 3096, 3110, 36103710, 4110, 4210, 4310, 4311,4410, 4510, 4511; BIOS 4103, 4113, 4153, 4173, 4334, 4490 (approval required); 4713; EES 4415.

Curriculum in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Medicinal Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    PHYS 1062  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  Humanities Electives4  6
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 21142,3 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 21242,3 3  Social Sciences Electives4 6
Science    Arts  
BIOS 1083 3  Arts Elective4 3
PHYS 1061 3    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Approved MATH Elective5 3  CHEM 2017  1
BIOS 1081 1  CHEM 2025  3
BIOS 2114 4  CHEM 2117  3
CHEM 1000 1  CHEM 2217  3
CHEM 1007 1  Computer Programming Elective6  3
CHEM 1008 1  PHYS 10637  1
CHEM 1017 3  PHYS 10658  1
CHEM 1018 3 General Electives  17
    Total 513
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 2000  1  CHEM 3310  3
CHEM 3018  3  CHEM 3411  3
CHEM 3094  4  CHEM 4000  0
CHEM 3218  1  Advanced Chemistry Elective9  3
    Total 18
Medicinal Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 3027  3  CHEM 4210  3
CHEM 3710  3  CHEM 4510  3
    Total 12
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirement
Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
Additional recommended courses include CHEM 4511, BIOS 4114, computer science courses leading to bioinformatics (CSCS 4567), and EES 4115, Toxicology and Human Health.
  1.  "C" or better required
  2. 6 credits of Math satisfy the General Education requirements. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3.  Completion of MATH 2107, 2108 and 2 credits of general electives fulfills the requirement for MATH 2114, 2124. Completion of Math 2111, MATH 2112 and 1 credit of general electives fulfills all the math requirements for the BS degree.
  4.  Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5.  Must be taken from the following: MATH 2134, 2314, 3511. MATH 1125 and 1126 may be used as general elective hours.
  6.  The programming requirement can be fulfilled by CHEM 2310 or one of CSCI 1201, 1203, 1205, or 1581/1583.
  7.  PHYS 1033 can be used to replace PHYS 7063.
  8.  PHYS 1034 can be used to replace PHYS 8065.
  9.  Must be taken from the following: CHEM 3096, 3110, 3610, 3710, 4110, 4210, 4310, 4311, 4410, 4510, 4511; BIOS 4103, 4113, 4153, 4334, 4490 (approval required); 4713; EES 4115.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (No Concentration)

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
CHEM 1017  3  CHEM 1018  3
CHEM 1007  1  CHEM 1008  1
CHEM 1000  1  ENGL 1158  3
ENGL 1157  3  MATH 1126  3
MATH 11251  3  BIOS 1081  1
Arts Electives  3  BIOS 1083  3
 Humanities or Social Science Elective  3    
Total Hours  17 Total Hours 14
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
CHEM 2217  3  CHEM 2000  1
CHEM 2017  1  CHEM 3018  1
PHYS 1061  3  CHEM 3218  3
PHYS 1063  1  PHYS 1062  3
MATH 2114  4  PHYS 1065  1
ENGL Literature  3  MATH 2314  4
     Humanities or Social Science Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
CHEM 2117  3  CHEM 2025  3
CHEM 3310  3  CHEM 2310  3
CHEM 3094 or 3091  4  CHEM 3027  3
Approved Math Elective  3  CHEM 3411  3
BIOS 2114  3  Humanities or Social Science Elective  6
Total Hours  17 Total Hours 16
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Advanced Chemistry  3  Advanced Chemistry  3
Advanced Chemistry  3  Advanced Chemistry  3
General Electives  3  General Elective  8
Humanities or Social Science Elective  3  CHEM 4000  0
Total Hours  12 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Students with different math placement should consult with the Chemistry Department.

Minor in Chemistry

An undergraduate minor in chemistry may be obtained by completing at least 20credit hours in chemistry with a grade of C or better in each course. In addition to the required CHEM 1007, CHEM 1008, CHEM 1017, and CHEM 1018, the remaining credit hours shall be from the following: CHEM 2017, CHEM 2025, CHEM 2117, CHEM 2217, CHEM 2310, CHEM 3018, CHEM 3027, CHEM 3110, CHEM 3218, CHEM 3310, CHEM 3411, CHEM 3610, CHEM 3710, CHEM 4110, CHEM 4210, CHEM 4310, CHEM 4311, CHEM 4410, CHEM 4510, or CHEM 4511. At least 10 hours must be at the 3000 level or above. At least 10 hours must be completed at UNO.

Honors in Chemistry

An honors program is available to chemistry majors. Successful completion of the program will result in graduation with Honors in Chemistry. To be eligible for admission to the program, a student must have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and a 3.5 grade point average in chemistry. To remain in the program a student must maintain these averages. Before graduation, a student must complete at least six credit hours of Chemistry 3099, including an oral defense of the honors thesis to a committee composed of a faculty thesis director, another faculty member selected by the department chair, and a representative of the Honors Program.