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Chemistry Requirements

All primary chemistry and biochemistry majors should aspire to complete the American Chemical Society accredited major. As the most prestigious and most comprehensive option, it will provide flexible career options after graduation. In addition to the ACS-accredited major, there are three additional options. For those interested in pursuing careers in biochemistry, the biochemistry major provides a strong background in chemistry and biochemistry as well as the opportunity to explore advanced courses in biology. For students who are interested in chemistry as a path to a professional program and who will earn another major or a minor, the Honors major is an option that provides a strong foundation in chemistry and teaches skills that will apply toward many careers. It does not provide as much in-depth work in chemistry as the ACS-accredited degree. If you are pursuing chemistry as a secondary major, the chemistry major is also an option. You cannot major in both chemistry and biochemistry.

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Requirements for Major in Chemistry with  Certification from the American Chemical Society

Introductory, Foundation, and Allied courses

Three additional in-depth courses from the following list:

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.

Recommended Chemistry and Allied Courses

Requirements for a Major in Chemistry with Honors Eligibility
Requirements for the Chemistry Major

Introductory, Required, and Allied Courses

Complete enough hours of upper-level chemistry courses from the following list to reach 32 total hours of chemistry. Courses must include work in two of the four remaining areas of chemistry:

Requirements for Major in Biochemistry with  Certification from the American Chemical Society

Introductory, Foundation, and Allied courses

Three additional in-depth courses from the following list:

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.

Recommended Chemistry and Allied Courses

Requirements for a Major in Biochemistry (Honors Eligible)

Required Chemistry Courses

Required Allied Courses

Other Requirements

  • At least two CH or BI electives at the 300/400 level, totaling at least 6 credits: CH463—Biochemistry Laboratory II, CH471 or CH472—Physical Chemistry Laboratory, CH332—Inorganic Chemistry, CH432—Synthesis and Characterization, CH431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, CH422—Analytical Chemistry II, CH424—Instrumental Analysis Laboratory, CH4X9—Special Topics in Chemistry, BI433—Advanced Cell Biology, BI411—Principles of Physiology, BI432—Plant Physiology, BI435—Molecular Genetics, BI 438—Microbiology, BI460—Cell and Molecular Neurobiology, BI436—Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Gene Evolution
Requirements for the Chemistry Minor

General and Organic Chemistry

An additional course from this list:

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.