Chemistry (ACS Certified)

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Michigan-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 Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry by completing the prerequisite, major, and cognate courses and by fulfilling the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) and graduation requirements.

Please visit the Chemistry webpage for more information.

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

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.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

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
Chinese I and II CHIN 101 and CHIN 102

Pre-Major Requirements

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 105MATH 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 225
CHEM 226
CHEM 227
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
BIOL 140Intro Molec & Cellular Biology4
PHYS 150
PHYS 151
General Physics I
and General Physics II 1
MATH 115Calculus I4
MATH 116Calculus II4
MATH 215Calculus III4
or MATH 205 Calc III for Engin Students
Total Credit Hours40

Major Requirements 

Required Courses
CHEM 303Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 344Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 368Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM/BCHM/BIOL 370Principles of Biochemistry3
CHEM 403Inorganic Chemistry II3
CHEM 447Instrumental Methods of Analys4
CHEM 450Adv Org Syn & Character Lab1
CHEM 452Adv Inorg Synth & Char Lab1
CHEM 469Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 481Physicochemical Measurements2
CHEM 493Chemistry Capstone Portfolio 11
Elective Courses
Select 3 elective credits from:3
Environmental Chemistry
Introduction to Toxicology
Current Topics in Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Green Chemistry
Polymer 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. 26
Total Credit Hours37


  1. A maximum of 44 hrs. in CHEM (excluding CHEM 134CHEM 136CHEM 144CHEM 146) may count in the 120 required for graduation.
  2. At least 12 of the 31 upper level hours in CHEM must be elected at UM-Dearborn.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Minor or Integrative Studies Concentration

A minor or concentration consists of 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in chemistry (CHEM). A maximum of one credit hour of independent study/research may be used to fulfill the requirement  (CHEM 495CHEM 498CHEM 499)