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Degree Pathway for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, General Option, Fall 2023 and Beyond

Suggested Degree Pathway for Chemistry - General Option


For students who entered fall 2023 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCredits
Total15
ENGL.1010 /
HONR.1100
College Writing I / FYSH (CW)3
CHEM.1050Intro Disc. Chemistry1
CHEM.1210Chemistry I13
CHEM.1230LChemistry I Lab1
MATH.1310Calculus I (MATH)4
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)23

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCredits
ENGL.1020College Writing II (CW)3
CHEM.1220Chemistry II13
CHEM.1240LChemistry II Lab1
MATH.1320Calculus II4
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)23
Total14

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCredits
CHEM.2210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM.2270LOrganic Chemistry Lab IA2
PHYS.1410Physics I (SCL)3
PHYS.1410LPhysics I Lab (SCL)1
MATH.2310Calculus III4
Total13

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCredits
CHEM.2220Organic Chemistry IIA3
CHEM.2280LOrganic Chemistry Lab IIA2
CHEM.2600Information Retrieval (IL)2
PHYS.1440Physics II (SCL)3
PHYS.1440LPhysics II Lab (SCL)1
MATH.2340Differential Equations3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)23
Total17

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCredits
CHEM.3130Analytical Chemistry I3
CHEM.3150LAnalytical Chemistry I Lab2
CHEM.3440Physical Chemistry I (QL)3
CHEM.3460LPhysical Chemistry Lab I (CTPS)2
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)23
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective53
Total16

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCredits
CHEM.3140Analytical Chemistry II3
CHEM.3160LAnalytical Chemistry II Lab2
CHEM.3450Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM.3500LPhysical Bioinorganic Lab2
CHEM.3600Responsible Chemist (SRE), (WOC)3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective53
Total16

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCredits
Total14-15
CHEM.4070 /
CHEM.3/4xxx
Undergraduate Thesis /
Chemistry Elective3
3-4
CHEM.4430Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM.4450LAdvanced Inorganic Lab2
CHEM.4500Biochemistry I3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective53

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCredits
Total14-15
CHEM.4080 /
CHEM.3/4xxx
Undergraduate Thesis II /
Chemistry Elective3
3
CHEM.4030Introductory Polymer Science I43
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)23
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)23
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective2-3
Total Minimum Credits = 120

1Chemistry majors must earn a grade of C- or higher in CHEM.1210 Chemistry I and CHEM.1220 Chemistry II.
  • Chemistry majors will not be allowed to proceed to CHEM.1220 without first earning a C- in CHEM.1210
  • Chemistry majors will not be allowed to proceed to CHEM.2210 without first earning a C- in CHEM.1220.

2The Arts and Humanities (AH) and Social Sciences (SS) perspectives are subsets of the Breadth of Knowledge requirements in the Core Curriculum. No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same four-letter prefix.

The Core Curriculum also includes seven Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs). The Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) ELO is satisfied outside the major requirements. See the DCA course listing for a full list of classes that fulfill these requirements. The Class Search tool can be used to identify AH and SS courses that simultaneously satisfy the DCA or SRE requirement.

The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. You should meet with your college-based professional advisor and/or faculty advisor to determine how best to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements.

3Chemistry majors in the General option must satisfy either one of the following two options:

  • Complete CHEM.4070 and CHEM.4080
  • Complete two 3000/4000-level CHEM electives with at least one of the two having a lab component

In addition, it’s recommended that at least one of the two courses in either option satisfy the Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL) ELO requirement. CHEM.4070 currently has the AIL designation as well as the following chemistry electives:

4CHEM.4030 Introductory Polymer Science I will be required of all majors entering as first-year students or students transferring into the major in Fall 2017 or after.

5Free electives can be satisfied by any UML course xxxx.1010 or above, with the following exceptions:

  • Students only need to complete enough free elective credits to reach 120 total credits.
  • Courses with the MATH prefix must be above the level of Calculus I.
  • NO MORE than 60 credits of CHEM coursework may be applied towards the minimum 120 credits requirement to graduate.

Current UMass Lowell students should use their Advisement Report in SIS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.