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Undergrad Chemistry Major, B.S.

Chemistry Major, B.S.


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 I4
Core Requirements
CHEM 102
or CHEM 102H
General Descriptive Chemistry II
or General Descriptive Chemistry II H
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 Chemistry2
CHEM 430Introduction to Biological Chemistry H3
CHEM 481Physical Chemistry I3
or CHEM 482L
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
or Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 482Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 261Introduction to Organic Chemistry I H3
CHEM 262Introduction to Organic Chemistry II H3
or CHEM 263L
Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
or Honors Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
Fifteen hours of advanced chemistry elective courses (one laboratory course is required) from the following list: 15
CHEM 395Research in Chemistry for Undergraduates (may count as a laboratory course) H 
Any course numbered CHEM 420 or higher
One capstone laboratory course is required from the following list:2
CHEM 520LPolymer Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 541LAdvanced Instrumentation and Analytical Measurement Laboratory
CHEM 550LSynthetic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 551LHonors Synthetic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 530LLaboratory Techniques for Biochemistry
Additional Requirements 
BIOL 101Principles of Biology H, F3
MATH 232Calculus of Functions of One Variable II 1, H, F4
MATH 233Calculus of Functions of Several Variables 1, H, F4
MATH 383First Course in Differential Equations 1, H3
PHYS 118Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity H, F4
PHYS 119Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and QuantaH, F4
Total Hours72

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 Placement, PL, credits, zero hours, for MATH 232, MATH 233, or MATH 383 do not satisfy chemistry major requirements.

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