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Chemistry Major, B.A.


In addition to the program requirements, students must

  • earn a minimum final cumulative GPA of 2.000
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major core requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for major or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Gateway Course 
CHEM 101 & 101LGeneral Descriptive Chemistry I and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory IH, F4
Core Requirements 
CHEM 102
or CHEM 102H
General Descriptive Chemistry II H, F
or General Descriptive Chemistry II
CHEM 102LQuantitative Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 241Modern Analytical Methods for Separation and Characterization H3

or CHEM 245L
Laboratory in Separations and Analytical Characterization of Organic and Biological Compounds
or Honors Laboratory in Separations and Analytical Characterization of Organic and Biological Compound
CHEM 251Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 430Introduction to Biological Chemistry H3
CHEM 480
or CHEM 481
Introduction to Biophysical Chemistry
or Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 550LSynthetic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 261Introduction to Organic Chemistry I H3
CHEM 262Introduction to Organic Chemistry II H3
CHEM 262LLaboratory in Organic Chemistry1
One course from the following list, three hours: 13
CHEM 395Research in Chemistry for Undergraduates H 
CHEM 420Introduction to Polymer Chemistry 
CHEM 421Synthesis of Polymers 
CHEM 431Macromolecular Structure and Metabolism 
CHEM 432Metabolic Chemistry and Cellular Regulatory Networks 
CHEM 441Intermediate Analytical Chemistry 
CHEM 444Separations
CHEM 446Analytical Spectroscopy
CHEM 448Mass Spectrometry
CHEM 450Intermediate Inorganic ChemistryH 
CHEM 460Intermediate Organic Chemistry H 
CHEM 463 Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM 530LLaboratory Techniques for Biochemistry 
Additional Requirements 
BIOL 101Principles of Biology 2, H, F3
MATH 231Calculus of Functions of One Variable I H, F4
MATH 232Calculus of Functions of One Variable II H, F4
One of the following:4
PHYS 114General Physics I: For Students of the Life SciencesF 
PHYS 118Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and RelativityH, F 
One of the following:4
PHYS 115General Physics II: For Students of the Life SciencesF 
PHYS 119Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and QuantaH, F 
Total Hours52


H Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

F FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.

1 Other courses numbered above 420 may be substituted with the permission of the instructor.

2 BIOL 101 is a required prerequisite for CHEM 430

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