Chemistry & Biochemistry Curriculum

Students can choose only one of the following three degree options: Chemistry major, Chemistry minor, Biochemistry major (there is no Biochemistry minor).  We strongly recommend that all primary Chemistry majors additionally attain certification by the American Chemical Society.  As the most prestigious and most comprehensive option, it will provide flexible career options after graduation.  Biochemistry majors can also choose to attain ACS certification.

NOTE: Degree requirements for incoming students may not reflect the actual degree requirements of current students.

Current students should consult their own academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward degree completion.

  • CH105-06 General Chemistry 1 & 2, or CH107 Advanced General Chemistry
  • MA106-7 Calculus 1 & 2
  • PH107-8 Elementary Physics, or PH201-2 Analytical Physics

Five foundational courses from the following list:

  • CH321 Analytical Chemistry
  • CH331 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH351 Organic Chemistry
  • CH361 or CH362 Biological Chemistry (cannot count both)
  • CH371 Physical Chemistry

Four in-depth courses from the following list:

  • CH352 Organic Chemistry 2
  • CH422 Analytical Chemistry 2
  • CH425 Environmental Chemistry
  • CH431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH451 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CH462 Biochemistry 2
  • CH472 Physical Chemistry 2
  • CH4x9 Special Topics in Chemistry

400 laboratory hours spread across four of the following five areas:

1. Analytical Chemistry

  • CH321 (42/200 lab hours)
  • CH424 (56/400 lab hours)

2. Biological Chemistry

  • CH363 (42/400 lab hours)
  • CH463 (56/400 lab hours)

3. Inorganic Chemistry

  • CH433 (56/400 lab hours)

4. Organic Chemistry

  • CH351 (42/400 lab hours)
  • CH352 (42/400 lab hours)
  • CH453 (56/400 lab hours)

5. Physical Chemistry

  • CH473 (56/400 lab hours)

Research courses with labs (area depends on expertise of the supervising faculty member):

  • CH493 (42/400 lab hours)
  • CH494 (84/400 lab hours)
  • Non-credit Summer research (200/400 lab hours)
  • CH105-6 General Chemistry 1 & 2, or CH107 Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351-2 Organic Chemistry 1 & 2
  • MA106 Calculus 1
  • PH107-8 Elementary Physics, or PH201-2 Analytical Physics

Three 300-level courses from the following list:

  • CH321 Analytical Chemistry
  • CH331 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH361 or CH362 Biological Chemistry (cannot count both)
  • CH371 Physical Chemistry

One 400-level lecture course from the following list:

  • CH422 Analytical Chemistry 2
  • CH425 Environmental Chemistry
  • CH431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH451 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CH462 Biochemistry 2
  • CH472 Physical Chemistry 2
  • CH4x9 Special Topics in Chemistry

One 400-level laboratory course from the following list:

  • CH424 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
  • CH433 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH453 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH463 Biochemistry Laboratory 2
  • CH473 Physical Chemistry Laboratory

One 400-level three hour topic course from the following list:

  • CH408 Chemistry in Our Lives
  • CH418 Chemistry and Global Issues

Chemistry with Distinction is awarded to any nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.6 in the Chemistry major. All of the following courses taken at Butler on an ABC grade basis will be used for this GPA calculation. Transfer credit in these classes will not be used in this GPA calculation:

  • MA106 Calculus 1
  • PH107 Elementary Physics I
  • PH108 Elementary Physics II
  • PH201 Analytical Physics I
  • PH202 Analytical Physics II
  • CH105 General Chemistry I
  • CH106 General Chemistry II
  • CH107 Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351 Organic Chemistry I
  • CH352 Organic Chemistry II
  • CH451 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CH453 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH459 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • CH408 Chemistry in our Lives
  • CH418 Chemical Issues in the Global Modern World
  • CH321 Analytical Chemistry I
  • CH422 Analytical Chemistry II
  • CH424 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
  • CH425 Environmental Chemistry
  • CH429 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
  • CH331 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH431 Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CH433 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH439 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH371 Physical Chemistry I
  • CH472 Physical Chemistry II
  • CH473 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH479 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • CH361 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • CH362 Biochemistry I
  • CH363 Biochemistry Laboratory I
  • CH462 Biochemistry II
  • CH463 Biochemistry Laboratory II
  • CH469 Special Topics in Biochemistry

Chemistry with High Distinction is awarded to a nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.7 in the Chemistry major and additionally has completed a thesis with a topic approved by a Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member and also the LAS College Honors Board.   The coursework used for determining the Chemistry GPA are exactly the same as those for earning Chemistry with Distinction.

Chemistry with Highest Distinction is awarded to a nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.8 in the Chemistry major and additionally has completed a thesis with a topic approved by a Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member and also the LAS College Honors Board. The coursework used for determining the Chemistry GPA are exactly the same as those for earning Chemistry with Distinction.

For students matriculating into Butler University prior to fall 2021, completion of the Chemistry minor requires completion of the following courses:

  • CH105-6  General Chemistry 1 & 2, OR CH107 Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351 Organic Chemistry 1
  • CH352 Organic Chemistry 2

An additional course from this list:

  • CH321 Analytical Chemistry I
  • CH331 Inorganic Chemistry I (was CH332 before fall 2020)
  • CH361 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • CH362 Biochemistry I  (was CH361 before fall 2020)
  • CH371 Physical Chemistry I (was CH471 before fall 2020)
  • CH408 Chemistry in our Lives
  • CH418 Chemical Issues in the Modern Global World
  • CH472 Physical Chemistry II

For students matriculating into Butler University in or after fall 2021, completion of the Chemistry minor requires the following courses:

  • CH105-06 General Chemistry 1 & 2, OR CH107 Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351 Organic Chemistry 1
  • CH408 Chemistry in our Lives OR CH418 Chemical Issues in the Modern Global World
  • CH352 Organic Chemistry 2
  • CH361 Introduction to Biochemistry OR CH362 Biochemistry 1 (cannot count both)
  • CH321 Analytical Chemistry 1
  • CH422 Analytical Chemistry 2
  • CH429 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
  • CH425 Environmental Chemistry
  • CH331 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH371 Physical Chemistry 1
  • CH472 Physical Chemistry 2
  • CH105-6 General Chemistry 1 & 2, or CH107 Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351-2 Organic Chemistry 1 & 2
  • CH321 Analytical Chemistry
  • CH360 Modern Issues in Biochemistry
  • CH362 Biochemistry 1
  • CH462 Biochemistry 2 (includes a 2-hour computer lab)
  • CH363 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
  • MA106 Calculus 1
  • BI210 Genetics
  • BI220 Cell Biology
  • PH107-8 Elementary Physics, or PH201-2 Physics 1 & 2
  • CH331 Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr)
  • CH371 Physical Chemistry (3 cr) (MA107 prerequisite)
  • CH408 (3 cr) or CH418 (3 cr) (cannot count both)
  • CH422 Analytical Chemistry II (3 cr)
  • CH431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr, SAC)
  • CH451 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 cr)
  • CH472 Physical Chemistry II (3 cr)
  • CH4X9 Special Topics in Chemistry (3 cr, CH429 is SAC)
  • CH425 Environmental Chemistry (3 cr, SAC)
  • CH424 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (3 cr, WAC)
  • CH433 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (3 cr)
  • CH453 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3 cr)
  • CH463 Biochemistry Laboratory 2 (3 cr, WAC)
  • CH473 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3 cr, WAC)

BI courses with BI220 prerequisite:

  • BI323 Principles of Immunology (2 cr)
  • BI325 Principles of Pathogenic Microbiology (3 cr)

BI courses with BI230 prerequisite:

  • BI411 Principles of Physiology (4 cr)
  • BI432 Plant Physiology (4 cr)
  • BI433 Advanced Cell Biology (4 cr)
  • BI434 Transmission Genetics (4 cr)
  • BI435 Molecular Genetics (4 cr)
  • BI436 Genomics, Bioinformatics and Gene Evolution (4 cr)
  • BI438 Microbiology (4 cr)
  • BI440 Molecular Virology (4 cr)
  • BI460 Cell and Molecular Biology (4 cr)

Biochemistry with Distinction is awarded to any nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.6 in the Biochemistry major. All of the following courses taken at Butler on an ABC grade basis will be used for this GPA calculation. Transfer credit in these classes will not be used in this GPA calculation.

Non-CH Requisites

  • MA106 Calculus I
  • PH107 Elementary Physics I
  • PH108 Elementary Physics II
  • BI210 Genetics – Fundamentals
  • BI220 Cellular and Molecular Biology – Fundamentals
  • BI323 Principles of Immunology
  • BI325 Principles of Pathogenic Microbiology
  • BI411 Principles of Physiology
  • BI432 Plant Physiology
  • BI433 Advanced Cell Biology
  • BI434 Transmission Genetics
  • BI435 Molecular Genetics
  • BI436 Genomics, Bioinformatics and Gene Evolution
  • BI438 Microbiology
  • BI440 Molecular Virology
  • BI460 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
  • CH105 General Chemistry 1
  • CH106 General Chemistry 2
  • CH107 Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351 Organic Chemistry 1
  • CH352 Organic Chemistry 2
  • CH451 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CH453 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH459 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • CH321 Analytical Chemistry 1
  • CH422 Analytical Chemistry 2
  • CH425 Environmental Chemistry
  • CH429 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
  • CH331 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH431 Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • CH433 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH439 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH371 Physical Chemistry 1
  • CH472 Physical Chemistry 2
  • CH473 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH479 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • CH408 Chemistry in our Lives
  • CH418 Chemical Issues in the Global Modern World
  • CH360 Modern Issues in Biochemistry
  • CH361 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • CH362 Biochemistry 1
  • CH363 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
  • CH462 Biochemistry 2
  • CH463 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
  • CH469 Special Topics in Biochemistry

Biochemistry with High Distinction is awarded to a nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.7 in the Biochemistry major and additionally has completed a thesis with a topic approved by a Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member and also the LAS College Honors Board. The coursework used for determining the Biochemistry GPA are exactly the same as those for earning Biochemistry with Distinction.

Biochemistry with Highest Distinction is awarded to a nominee who has a GPA of at least 3.8 in the Biochemistry major and additionally has completed a thesis with a topic approved by a Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member and also the LAS College Honors Board. The coursework used for determining the Biochemistry GPA are exactly the same as those for earning Biochemistry with Distinction.

  • CH105 & CH106 or CH107, Pre-med General chemistry with lab
  • Biological Sciences with lab
  • CH351 & CH352 – Organic Chemistry with lab
  • PH107 & PH108 or PH201 & PH202 – Physics with lab
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • CH105 & CH106 or CH107 – General chemistry with lab
  • CH351 & CH352 – Organic Chemistry with lab
  • BI301, BI303, BI322 – Biological Sciences with lab
  • PH107 & PH108 or PH201 & PH202 – Physics with lab
  • CH461 – Biochemistry
  • PS101 – Introduction to Psychology
  • Dental Admission Test (DAT)
  • CH105 & CH106 or CH107 – General Chemistry with lab
  • BI357, BI410 – Biological Sciences with lab
  • CH351 & CH352 – Organic chemistry with lab
  • PH107 & PH108 or PH201 & PH202 – Physics with lab
  • CH461 and CH462 – Biochemistry
  • MA106, MA107 and MA162 – Mathematics
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • CH105 & CH106 or CH107 – General chemistry with lab
  • BI410 – Biological sciences with lab
  • CH351 & CH352 – Organic chemistry with lab
  • PH107 & PH108 or PH201 & PH202 – Physics with lab
  • MA106 and MA162 – Mathematics
  • PS101 – Psychology
  • Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

Some programs may have additional requirements. For more information contact Postgraduate Studies (JH 153) or your advisor.