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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry Curriculum

Chemistry student

All primary Chemistry majors should pursue 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 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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NOTE: Degree requirements for incoming students may not reflect the actual degree requirements of current students.

ACS Certification

Required Introductory Chemistry Courses

  • CH105 & CH106, General Chemistry, or CH107, Advanced General Chemistry

Required Allied Courses

  • MA106, Calculus 1
  • MA107, Calculus 2
  • PH107-8, Elementary Physics, or PH201-2, Analytical Physics

Required Foundation Chemistry Courses

  • CH351, Organic Chemistry 1 (42/400 lab hours)
  • CH321, Analytical Chemistry 1 (56/400 lab hours)
  • CH332, Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH471/2, Physical Chemistry Lecture: CH471 Quantum Mechanics or CH472 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • CH361, Biochemistry 1: Bio-organic Required In-depth

Chemistry Courses

  • CH352, Organic Chemistry 2 (42/400 lab hours)

Pick and Choose In-depth Chemistry Courses

(3 additional courses required)

  • CH422, Analytical Chemistry 2
  • CH431, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH4x9, Special Topics in Chemistry
  • CH462, Biochemistry II: Central Metabolism
  • CH465, Environmental Chemistry
  • CH471/2, Physical Chemistry Lecture: CH471 Quantum Mechanics or CH472 Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Pick and Choose Chemistry Laboratory Courses

(choose 4 of 5 areas to obtain 400 lab hours)

Analytical Chemistry (CH321 counts for area)

  • CH424, Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (2 hours, may repeat for credit) (56/400 lab hours)

Inorganic Chemistry

  • CH432, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2 hours) (56/400 lab hours)

Organic Chemistry (CH351/2 count for area)

  • CH454, Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 hours) (56/400 lab hours)

Biochemistry

  • CH363, Biochemistry Laboratory (2hours) (56/400 lab hours)
  • CH463, Biochemistry Laboratory (2 hours) (56/400 lab hours)

Physical Chemistry

  • CH473, Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Physical Properties (2 hours) (56/400 lab hours)
  • CH474, Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Spectroscopy (2 hours) (56/400 lab hours)

Interdisciplinary

  • CH404, Interdisciplinary Laboratory (2 hours) (56/400 lab hours)

Recommended Chemistry Courses

  • CH491, Chemistry Literature
  • CH392, Chemistry Seminar: Observation
  • CH492, Chemistry Seminar: Presentation
  • CH493, CH494, Undergraduate research (42,84/400 lab hours)
  • CH411, CH412, Independent Study

Recommended Allied Courses

  • MA208, Calculus and Analytic Geometry 3
  • MA334, Differential Equations

Chemistry Major

Required Introductory Chemistry Courses

  • CH105 & CH106 - General Chemistry, or CH107 - Advanced General Chemistry

Required Allied Courses

  • MA106 - Calculus 1
  • PH107-8 - Elementary Physics, or PH201-2 - Analytical Physics

Required Chemistry Courses

  • CH351 - Organic Chemistry 1
  • CH352 - Organic Chemistry 2

Enough Hours of Chemistry for a Total of 32 Hours

(Must Include Two of the Four Areas)

  • CH332, CH431, CH432 - Inorganic Chemistry Courses
  • CH321, CH422, CH424 - Analytical Chemistry Courses
  • CH361, CH462, CH463 - Biological Chemistry Courses
  • CH471, CH472, CH473, CH474 - Physical Chemistry Courses

Honors Chemistry Major

To earn Honors* in Chemistry, you must have a GPA of at least 3.6 and the following:

Required Introductory Chemistry Courses

  • CH105 & CH106 - General Chemistry, or CH107 - Advanced General Chemistry

Required Allied Courses

  • MA106 - Calculus 1
  • MA107 - Calculus 2
  • PH107-8 - Elementary Physics, or PH201-2 - Analytical Physics

Required Chemistry Courses

  • CH351 - Organic Chemistry 1
  • CH352 - Organic Chemistry 2
  • CH321 - Analytical Chemistry 1
  • CH332 - Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH361 - Biochemistry 1: Bio-organic
  • CH471/2 - Physical Chemistry Lecture: CH471 - Quantum Mechanics or CH472 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Other requirements

  • CH392 - Chemistry Seminar 1
  • At least 32 hours of chemistry not including CH392 - Chemistry Seminar 1

*To earn HIGH HONORS – complete the above, have a GPA of 3.7 or above and complete an honors thesis or honors exam
*To earn HIGHEST HONORS – complete the above, have a GPA of 3.8 or above and complete BOTH honors thesis and honors exam

Chemistry Minor

Required Introductory Chemistry Courses

  • CH105 & CH106 - General Chemistry, or CH107 - Advanced General Chemistry

Required Chemistry Courses

  • CH351 - Organic Chemistry 1
  • CH352 - Organic Chemistry 2

One Additional Course

  • CH321, CH332, CH361, CH471, or CH472

Biochemistry Major

Required Introductory Chemistry Courses

  • CH105 & CH106 - General Chemistry, or CH107 - Advanced General Chemistry

Required Allied Courses

  • BI210 - Genetics - Fundamentals
  • BI220 - Cellular and Molecular Biology - Fundamentals
  • MA106 - Calculus 1
  • PH107-8 - Elementary Physics

Required Chemistry Courses

  • CH351 - Organic Chemistry 1
  • CH352 - Organic Chemistry 2
  • CH360 - Modern Issues in Biochemistry
  • CH361 - Biochemistry I
  • CH363 - Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CH462 - Biochemistry II
  • CH321 - Analytical Chemistry

Other Requirements

At least two CH or BI electives at the 300/400 level, totaling at least 6 credits:

  • CH463 - Biochemisry 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

Honors Biochemistry Major

To earn Honors* in Biochemistry, you must have a GPA of at least 3.6 and the following:

Required Introductory Chemistry Courses

  • CH105 & CH106 - General Chemistry, or CH107 - Advanced General Chemistry

Required Allied Courses

  • BI210 - Genetics - Fundamentals
  • BI220 - Cellular and Molecular Biology - Fundamentals
  • MA106 - Calculus 1
  • PH107-8 - Elementary Physics

Required Chemistry Courses

  • CH351 - Organic Chemistry 1
  • CH352 - Organic Chemistry 2
  • CH360 - Modern Issues in Biochemistry
  • CH361 - Biochemistry I
  • CH363 - Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CH462 - Biochemistry II
  • CH321 - Analytical Chemistry

Other Requirements

At least two CH or BI electives at the 300/400 level, totaling at least 6 credits:

  • CH463 - Biochemisry 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

*To earn HIGH HONORS – complete the above, have a GPA of 3.7 or above and complete an honors thesis or honors exam
*To earn HIGHEST HONORS – complete the above, have a GPA of 3.8 or above and complete BOTH honors thesis and honors exam

Chemistry and Pre-Health Studies

Pre-Medicine

  • 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)

Pre-Dental 

  • 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)

Pre-Veterinary

  • 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)

Pre-Optometry

  • 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.

Chemistry and Secondary Education

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