Chemistry (ACS Certified)
The major program in chemistry at the UM-Dearborn is fully accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). This program is designed primarily for students who intend to go into Chemistry as a profession or who plan to continue their studies at the graduate level. A student may earn a BS degree in chemistry by completing the prerequisite, major, and cognate courses and by fulfilling the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) and graduation requirements.
Prerequisites to the Major
A solid background in mathematics is essential to success in any of the scientific disciplines. Incoming students who intend to major in Chemistry should have completed at least three years of high school mathematics. First year students should plan to enroll in MATH 105, MATH 115, or MATH 116 based on the results of their math placement tests. The CHEM 134 and CHEM 136 or CHEM 144 and CHEM 146 sequence is a prerequisite to many other courses in the Natural Sciences Department; students should complete this sequence as soon as possible.
Chemistry majors must complete the following 40 credit hours of prerequisite courses. These courses should be completed early in the student's four-year curriculum.
|Select one of the following:||8|
|General Chemistry IA|
and General Chemistry IIA (OR)
|Gen Chemistry IB|
and General Chemistry IIB
& CHEM 226
& CHEM 227
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
|BIOL 140||Intro Molec & Cellular Biology||4|
& PHYS 151
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II 1
|MATH 115||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 116||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 215||Calculus III||4|
|or MATH 205||Calc III for Engin Students|
|Total Credit Hours||40|
The physics prerequisite may also be satisfied by completing PHYS 125 and PHYS 126 and an upper-level physics course, such as PHYS 305.The upper level PHYS course used in this substitution cannot be used toward the cognate requirement.
Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement
The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.
Areas of Inquiry
- Lecture/Lab Science Course
- Additional Science Course
Foreign Language Requirement
Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.
|Ancient Greek I and II||MCL 105 and MCL 106|
|Arabic I and II||ARBC 101 and ARBC 102|
|Armenian I and II||MCL 111 and MCL 112|
|French I and II||FREN 101 and FREN 102|
|German I and II||GER 101 and GER 102|
|Latin I and II||LAT 101 and LAT 102|
|Spanish I and II||SPAN 101 and SPAN 102|
|CHEM 303||Inorganic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 344||Quantitative Analysis||4|
|CHEM 368||Physical Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 370||Principles of Biochemistry||3|
|CHEM 403||Inorganic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 447||Instrumental Methods of Analys||4|
|CHEM 450||Adv Org Syn & Character Lab||1|
|CHEM 452||Adv Inorg Synth & Char Lab||1|
|CHEM 469||Physical Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 481||Physicochemical Measurements||2|
|CHEM 493||Presentations in Chemistry 1||1|
|Select 3 elective credits from:||3|
|Introduction to Toxicology|
|Current Topics in Chemistry|
|Advanced Organic Chemistry|
|Biochemistry Laboratory I|
|Biochemistry Laboratory II|
|Topics in Chemistry|
|Students must complete at least six credit hours upper level (300+ level) from: Biology (BIOL), Biochemistry (BCHM), Environmental Science (ESCI), Geology (GEOL), Mathematics (MATH), Microbiology (MICR), Statistics (STAT), or Physics (PHYS). The six credit hours need not be from a single discipline. 2||6|
|Total Credit Hours||37|
CHEM 493 is a capstone portfolio course that requires data from various courses throughout the CACS curriculum. Students should be aware of the benchmarks of the CHEM 493 course so that requirements will be completed by their final semester when they will register for CHEM 493.
- A maximum of 44 hrs. in CHEM (excluding CHEM 134, CHEM 136, CHEM 144, CHEM 146) may count in the 120 required for graduation.
- At least 12 of the 31 upper level hours in CHEM must be elected at UM-Dearborn.
- CHEM 470 and CHEM 471 can be used in place of CHEM 370, however, CHEM 470 alone cannot be used for this substitution. Students cannot take both CHEM 370 and CHEM 470 or CHEM 471 or any combination to fulfill major, cognate or minor requirements.
- A maximum of 6 hrs. of independent study/research in any Dept. of Natural Sciences discipline may count towards the 120 hours required to graduate.