Undergraduate Degrees in Chemistry

Degrees offered by the Department of Chemistry provide a program of studies that allows the individual to:

  1. Obtain high quality instruction in chemistry as a scientific discipline.
  2. Obtain a sound background in preparation for advanced studies.
  3. Meet the qualifications of professional chemists and accrediting agencies.
  4. Prepare for a professional career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, medical technology, engineering, nursing and other fields.

Honors, Research, and Special Programs in Chemistry:
The department offers a number of unique enrichment programs outside the above curricula that are open to students in either degree program. All entering students in chemistry should contact either the department office or their advisor for full details.

High School Preparation:
High school students planning to major in chemistry are advised to take one year of high school chemistry, one year of high school physics, and at least three years of high school mathematics (including geometry, algebra, and trigonometry).

The curriculum and facilities of the Marshall University Department of Chemistry have been approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Degree Requirements & Descriptions

Select a degree from the tabs below to view its description and course requirements.

Chemistry (ACS)
Chem. Sciences
Biochemistry
Forensic Chem.
Environmental Chem.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, ACS Certified

This curriculum meets the standards of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and is recommended for students intending to enter the chemical profession or intending to pursue graduate work in chemistry. Students who successfully complete the requirements for the BS in Chemistry degree will receive a certificate from the American Chemical Society indicating their degree meets the standards of the Committee on Professional Training. If the student takes Chemistry 423 (Environmental Analytical Chemistry) and Geology 425 (Geochemistry) as electives in the BS in Chemistry program, the American Chemical Society certification will reflect this as a certification of a BS in Environmental Chemistry.

The requirements for this degree are:

Requirements Credit Hours
A. Science 69-72
— Chemistry: 211, 212, 217, 218, 305, 355, 356, 357, 358, 361, 365, 411, 448 39
— Capstone Experience – Chemistry 491 6
— Seminars 331, 332, 431, 432 1
— Physics: 211, 202, 213, 204 or equivalent 10
— Mathematics through 231 13-16
B. Other College and University Requirements 49-52
Total 121
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Sciences

This major in chemistry is intended for students needing a broadly based, flexible science background.

The requirements are:

Requirements Credit Hours
A. Science 59-73
— Chemistry 211, 212, 217, 218, 305, 345, 355, 356, (357 or 358), 361, 432, and 448 33
— Upper Division Chemistry Electives 3
— Capstone Experience – Chemistry 491 2
— Mathematics through 229 or higher 3-8
— Physics 201-204 8
— Science and Mathematics Electives 10-19
B. Other College and University Requirements 48-62
Total 121

Students interested in careers in technical sales, management, and marketing in the chemical industry are encouraged to take the following courses as electives: Economics 250 and 253; Marketing 340, 440 or 442; Management 320.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Students completing the Biochemistry major will be prepared for career opportunities in the biotechnology, forensics, environmental, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and medical fields. Students will also be well prepared for graduate-level study in biochemistry, biotechnology, and genetics and molecular biology. Additionally, Biochemistry is an excellent choice for students desiring to attend professional training in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law or Engineering.

The requirements for this major are:

Requirements Credit Hours
A. Science 72-74
— Chemistry 211, 212, 217, 218, 305, 345, 355, 356, (357 or 358), 361, 365, 366, 432, and 467 37
— Capstone Experience (Biochemistry related) – Chemistry 491 2
— Upper Divison Chemistry Electives 3
— Physics 201, 202, 203, 204 or 211, 202, 213, 204 8
— Mathematics through 229 or higher 3-5
— Biological Sciences 120, 121, 322, 324, and 450 19
B. Other College and University Requirements 47-49
Total 121
Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry

This major is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in fields involving forensics. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in a Forensic Chemistry related Capstone Experience (CHM 491).

The requirements are:

Requirements Credit Hours
A. Science 80-84
— Chemistry 211, 212, 217, 218, 305, 345, 355, 356, (357 or 358), 361, 365, 411, and 432 36
— Upper Division Chemistry Electives 3
— Capstone Experience – Chemistry 491 2
— Mathematics 229 or higher 3-5
— Mathematics 225 or 345 3
— Physics 201-204 (or 211-214) 8
— Biology 120, 121 and either 322 or 324 12
— Integrated Science and Technology 160, 341 and 445 7
— Two courses from IST 340, BSC† 324, 450 or CHM† 428 or 467 6-8
B. Criminal Justice 314, and either 323 or 422 6
C. Other College and University Requirements 31-35
Total 121

†Selection of one of the BSC courses provides a Biological Sciences minor, while selection of the IST course provides an Integrated Science and Technology minor. Chemistry courses may not be counted both as a chemistry elective and in this category.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry

Students completing the environmental chemistry major will be prepared for career opportunities in environmental chemistry, toxicology, environmental policy, and consulting. Additionally, Environmental Chemistry is an excellent choice for students desiring to attend professional training in Law, or Safety, or Industrial Hygiene.

The requirements for this major are:

Requirements Credit Hours
A. Science 82-84
— Chemistry 211, 212, 217, 218, 305, 355, 356, (357 or 358), 361, 365, 411, 423, and 432 36
— Capstone Experience (Environmental chemistry related) – 490 or 491 2
— Statistics either BSC 417 or IST 424, or MTH 345 3
— Mathematics through 229 or higher 3-5
— Physics 201, 202, 203, 204 or 211, 202, 213, 204 8
— Biological Sciences 120, 320, and 445 11
— Integrated Science & Technology 322 and 323 8
— Geology 200 3
— Environmental Science Electives^ 8
B. GEO 416 or 422 3
C. Other College and University Requirements 34-36
Total 121

^Students should choose at least 8 credit hours from courses in the list below. Courses from a maximum of two departments may be selected. Students attaining an Emphasis in Physical Science may take all of the Geology electives and not take either BSC 445 or IST 323.

  • BSC 431, 446
  • CHM 467
  • GLY 320L, 420, 455, 455L, 456, 456L
  • IST 320, 321
  • PHY 412

Other Requirements

Grade Point Average:
A Grade Point Average of 2.0 in

  1. all required Chemistry courses;
  2. all Chemistry courses; and
  3. all required Chemistry courses taken at Marshall will be required for all degrees.

Computer Skills:
Students in either degree program are required to demonstrate their proficiency in the use of computers in chemical applications. This requirement may be met by either passing an exemption exam (given by the department each semester) or by taking CHM 223 or by taking a programming course for a scientifically useful computer language. Any student who fails to pass the exemption exam on the second attempt will be required to fulfill the requirement by completing CHM 223 or an appropriate programming course.

Minor in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry awards a minor in chemistry to students who have completed the following courses with a minimum grade of C in each course: CHM 211, 212, 217, 218, and any two additional courses chosen from CHM 307, 345, 355, 356, 357, 358, or 448.