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Chemistry Requirements

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

View the Chemistry Course Catalog

Requirements for Certification from the American Chemical Society

Required Introductory Chemistry Courses

  • CH105–106, General Chemistry 1 and 2, or CH107, Advanced General Chemistry

Required Allied Courses

  • CH105–106, General Chemistry 1 and 2, or CH107, Advanced General Chemistry
  • MA106-107 Calculus 1 and 2
  • PH107-108 Elementary Physics 1 & 2, or PH201-202 Introduction to Analytical Physics 1 & 2

Foundational Chemistry Courses

  • Five courses from the following list
    • CH321, Analytical Chemistry 1
    • CH331, Inorganic Chemistry
    • CH351, Organic Chemistry 1
    • CH361, Introduction to Biochemistry or CH362, Biochemistry 1 (cannot count both)
    • CH371 Physical Chemistry 1

In-Depth Chemistry Courses

  • Four courses from the following list
    • CH352, Organic Chemistry 2
    • CH422 Analytical Chemistry 2
    • CH431, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • CH451, Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CH462, Biochemistry 2
    • CH472 Physical Chemistry 2
    • CH4x9 any Special Topics Course in Chemistry (CH429, CH439, CH459, CH469, CH479)

Chemistry Laboratory Experiences

A minimum of 400 hours of in-lab experiences are required and must cover four of the five areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, biochemistry, and physical). Labs taken as part of CH321, CH351, and CH352 count toward the 400 hours of lab experience. Research can satisfy up to 4 semester credit hours of the in-depth course requirement for student certification and can account for up to 180 of the required 400 laboratory hours. A student who uses research to meet the ACS-certification requirements must prepare a well-written, comprehensive, and well-documented research report, including safety considerations where appropriate.

  • CH363, Biochemistry Laboratory I
  • CH424, Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
  • CH433, Synthesis and Characterization
  • CH453, Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH463, Biochemistry Laboratory II
  • CH473, Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  •  CH493–494, Undergraduate Research
  • Butler Summer Institute
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Requirements for the Chemistry Major

Introductory, Required, and Allied Courses

  • CH105–106, General Chemistry 1 & 2 or CH107, Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351-352, Organic Chemistry 1 & 2
  • MA106, Calculus I
  • PH107-108 Elementary Physics 1 & 2, or PH201-202 Introduction to Analytical Physics 1 & 2

Three Foundation 300 level courses from the following list:

  • CH321, Analytical Chemistry;
  • CH331, Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH361, Introduction to Biochemistry or CH362 Biochemistry 1 (cannot count both)
  • CH371, Physical Chemistry 1

One Advanced 400 level 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
  • CH 4X9 any Special Topics CH course

One Advanced Laboratory 400 level 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 Society 400 level course from the following list:

  • CH408 Chemistry in Our Lives
  • CH418 Chemistry and Global Issues
Requirements for Major in Biochemistry with  Certification from the American Chemical Society

Introductory, Foundation, and Allied courses

  • CH105–106, General Chemistry or CH107, Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351, Organic Chemistry I and CH352, Organic Chemistry II
  • CH321, Analytical Chemistry
  • CH331, Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH360, Modern Issues in Biochemistry
  • CH362, Biochemistry I
  • CH363, Biochemistry Laboratory I
  • CH462, Biochemistry II
  • BI210, Genetics—Fundamentals
  • BI220, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • MA106, Calculus I and MA107, Calculus II
  • PH201–202, Intro to Analytical Physics or PH107–108, Elementary Physics

Three additional in-depth courses from the following list:

  • CH422, Analytical Chemistry II
  • CH425, Environmental Chemistry
  • CH431, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH451, Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CH4x9, Special Topics in Chemistry
  • CH371 or CH472, Physical Chemistry I or II

Chemistry Laboratory Experiences

A minimum of 400 hours of in-lab experiences are required and must cover four of the five areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, biochemistry, and physical). Labs taken as part of CH321, CH351, and CH352 count toward the 400 hours of lab experience. Research can satisfy up to 4 semester credit hours of the in-depth course requirement for student certification and can account for up to 180 of the required 400 laboratory hours. A student who uses research to meet the ACS-certification requirements must prepare a well-written, comprehensive, and well-documented research report, including safety considerations where appropriate.

  • CH424, Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
  • CH433, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH453 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH363 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
  • CH463, Biochemistry Laboratory II
  • CH473, Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH474, Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
  • CH493–494, Undergraduate Research
  • Butler Summer Institute
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Recommended Chemistry and Allied Courses

  • CH491, Chemistry Literature 
  • CH392, Chemistry Seminar I
  • CH492, Chemistry Seminar II
  • CH493–494, Undergraduate Research
  • MA208, Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
  • MA334, Differential Equations
Requirements for a Major in Biochemistry

Required Chemistry Courses

  • CH105–106, General Chemistry 1 & 2 or CH107, Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351-352, Organic Chemistry 1 &  2
  • CH321, Analytical Chemistry 1
  • CH360, Modern Issues in Biochemistry
  • CH362, Biochemistry 1
  • CH363, Biochemistry Laboratory 1
  • CH462, Biochemistry 2

Required Allied Courses

  • BI210, Genetics—Fundamentals
  • BI220, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • MA106, Calculus I
  • PH107–108, Elementary Physics 1 & 2

Other Requirements

  • ·        At least two CH or BI electives at the 300/400 level, totaling at least 6 credits, from the following list: CH463—Biochemistry Laboratory 2, CH422—Analytical Chemistry II, CH424—Instrumental Analysis Laboratory, CH425-Environmental Chemistry, CH331—Inorganic Chemistry, CH431-Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, CH433—Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, CH451-Advanced Organic Chemistry, CH453-Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory, CH371-Physical Chemistry I, CH472—Physical Chemistry II,  CH473-Physical Chemistry Laboratory, any CH4X9—Special Topics in Chemistry, CH408 or CH418 (cannot count both), 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, BI 438—Microbiology, BI440-Molecular Virology, BI460—Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
Requirements for the Chemistry Minor

Strictly Required Chemistry Courses

  • CH105–106, General Chemistry 1 & 2, or CH107, Advanced General Chemistry
  • CH351, Organic Chemistry 1I and CH352, Organic Chemistry II
  • CH408 Chemistry in Our Lives, or CH418 Chemical Issues in the Modern World

Two Elective Chemistry Courses from the Following List

  • CH352, Organic Chemistry 2
  • CH361 Introduction to Biochemistry, or CH361 Biochemistry 1 (cannot count both)
  • CH321 Analytical Chemistry 1
  • CH331 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH422, Analytical Chemistry 2
  •  CH425 Environmental Chemistry
  • CH431, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH371, Physical Chemistry 1
  • CH472, Physical Chemistry 2
  • CH 429 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.