Chemistry Major

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry is both a professional and a pre-graduate school degree. Completion of the chemistry curriculum provides a preparation for all areas of the chemical profession, as well as for graduate study in chemistry, dentistry, medicine, patent law, and teaching. The UMass Lowell Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

The Chemistry Department also offers a B.S. Degree in Chemistry with a Forensics Option.

The major typically includes 56-60 credits in chemistry courses, and 26-30 credits in supporting science and mathematics courses. In addition, university/college guidelines for core curriculum/distribution requirements must be fulfilled. For more information visit the Chemistry Department or contact us.

Information on the requirements for the major in chemistry is available below:

Core Chemistry Courses

84.105 Introduction to the Discipline of Chemistry
84.121 Chemistry I
84.123 Chemistry I Lab
84.122 Chemistry II
84.124 Chemistry II Lab
84.221 Organic Chemistry I
84.227 Organic Chemistry I Lab
84.222 Organic Chemistry II
84.228 Organic Chemistry II Lab
84.260 Information Retrieval
84.313 Analytical Chemistry I
84.315 Analytical Chemistry I Lab
84.314 Analytical Chemistry II
84.316 Analytical Chemistry II Lab
84.344 Physical Chemistry I
84.346 Physical Chemistry I Lab
84.345 Physical Chemistry II
84.350 Physical Bioinorganic Lab
84.360 The Responsible Chemist
84.443 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
84.445 Descriptive Inorganic Lab
84.450 Biochemistry I

Chemistry Electives

With the consent of a chemistry faculty member, students may choose to perform undergraduate thesis research (2 semesters required).

Alternatively, two advanced courses, one which has a corresponding laboratory must be chosen.  At the discretion of the student's advisor, the student may take a course with a laboratory from another department that fits ACS criteria for advanced courses in Chemistry.  An Advisor’s letter must delineate how that course fits the ACS criteria.

Research Option

84.407 Undergraduate Thesis I
84.408 Undergraduate Thesis II

Required Mathematics Courses

92.131 Calculus I
92.127 Calculus IA
92.128 Calculus IB
92.132 Calculus II
92.231 Calculus III
Differential Equations

 *NOTE: Only 4 of the 8 credits for 92.127 and 92.128 can be used to satisfy the 120 credits needed for graduation.

Required Physics Courses

95.141 Physics I
96.141 Experimental Physics I
95.144 Physics II
96.144 Experimental Physics II

General Education Requirements

42.101 College Writing I
42.102 College Writing II

Arts & Humanities (AH, AHD, AHE, AHDE) 9 Credits
Social Sciences (SS, SSD, SSE, SSDE) 9 Credits
Diversity & Ethics* 3 Credits

*Note that the Diversity and Ethics requirement may also be fulfilled by an AHDE or SSDE designated course.

View the complete Course of Study (pdf).