Department of Chemistry
BS in Chemistry
The chemistry program provides a rigorous and exciting pre-professional education for students interested in pursuing STEM careers or graduate school. To prepare students for a wide variety of career choices, the instructional laboratories provide interdisciplinary, project-based experiments for students to explore. The laboratory curriculum also provides students hands-on experience operating analytical instrumentation. There are opportunities for students to engage in faculty mentored research projects within the department and internships with local scientific firms in southern Maine.
Because the chemistry courses in each track are the same for the first two years, it is possible to switch between the chemistry and biochemistry B.S. tracks through the junior year. Students considering the chemistry major are strongly urged to consult with a member of the Department of Chemistry faculty to discuss the program.
To graduate as a chemistry major or minor in any of the programs, a student must earn a grade of C or better in all chemistry courses and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all other courses required for the major.
The minimum number of credits in chemistry and related areas (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major in this track: 65.
The following courses are required: (41-44 credit hours)
CHY 113, 114 Principles of Chemistry I and Laboratory Techniques I
CHY 115, 116 Principles of Chemistry II and Laboratory Techniques II
CHY 233 Analytical Chemistry with Laboratory
CHY 251, 252 Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHY 253, 254 Organic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHY 371 Quantum Chemistry
CHY 373, 374 Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Thermodynamics Laboratory
CHY 377 Spectroscopy
CHY 378 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHY 421 Inorganic Chemistry
CHY 470 Chemistry in Perspective
Choose one of the following four offerings: (3 credit hours)
CHY 345 Polymer Chemistry
CHY 351 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHY 385 Pickles to Pints: Fermentation Science
CHY 461 Biochemistry I
The following courses are also required: (21 credit hours)
PHY 121, 114, 123 and 116 General Physics I and II and Laboratory
PHY 261 Computational Physics*, or a math/computer science course approved by the Chemistry Department
MAT 152 Calculus A
MAT 153 Calculus B
*Students should contact their academic advisor for alternate course options.
At least 12 credit hours beyond the 100-level must be taken within the Chemistry Department at USM.