Chemistry (ACS Certified)

The major program in chemistry at the UM-Dearborn is approved by the American Chemical Society. 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 listed below and by fulfilling the CASL distribution 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 105MATH 115, or MATH 116 based on the results of their math placement tests. The CHEM 134 - CHEM 136 or CHEM 144 - 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  39-40 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
Gen Chemistry IB
and General Chemistry IIB
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Intro Molec & Cellular Biology
General Physics I
and General Physics II 1
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calc III for Engin Students
Calculus III
Total Credit Hours8

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.

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 IIMCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and IIARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and IIMCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and IIFREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and IIGER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and IILAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and IISPAN 101 and SPAN 102

Major Requirements 

Required Courses
CHEM 303Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 344Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 368Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 370Principles of Biochemistry3
CHEM 403Inorganic Chemistry II3
CHEM 447Instrumental Methods of Analys0,4
CHEM 450Adv Org Syn & Character Lab1
CHEM 452Adv Inorg Synth & Char Lab1
CHEM 469Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 481Physicochemical Measurements2
CHEM 493Presentations in Chemistry 11
Elective Courses
Select Three elective credits from:1-3
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 from courses numbered 300 and above in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Statistics, or Physics. The six credit hours need not be from a single discipline. 26
Total Credit Hours31-37

Chemistry 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.


Excluding MATH 385, MATH 386, MATH 387, MATH 391, MATH 442, MATH 443, MATH 444, MATH 445, MATH 446, MATH 447, MATH 449, MATH 486.


  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 29 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 andCHEM 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 BGS/LIBS Concentration

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