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.

In addition to the major requirements, students must complete all CASL Degree 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 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

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.

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

CHEM 493 is a capstone portfolio course that requires data from various courses throughout the CACS curriculum. Students should discuss requirements with a Chemistry faculty mentor at the earliest opportunity and 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. Only one of STAT 301 or STAT 325.


  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 Requirements

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)

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for the minor/concentration. The GPA is based on all coursework required within the minor (excluding prerequisites).
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be completed at UM-Dearborn for a 12 credit minor/concentration.
  • A minimum of 12 credits must be completed at UM-Dearborn for a 15 or more credit minor/concentration.
  • Courses within a minor/concentration cannot be taken as Pass/Fail (P/F)
  • Only 3 credit hours of independent study or internship may be used to fulfill the requirements for a 12 credit hour minor/concentration.  Only 6 credit hours of such credit may be used in a 15 or more credit hour minor/concentration.
  • Minors requiring 12 credits may share one course with a major. Minors requiring 15 credits or more may share two courses with a major. This does not apply to concentrations for the Integrative Studies major.

Learning Goals

  1. Master a broad set of fundamentals in the basic areas of the chemical discipline namely organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical.
  2. Understand the objectives of chemical experiments, properly and safely carry out the experiments, and appropriately record and analyze results.
  3. Communicate orally and in writing scientific concepts to other scientists and to the general public.
  4. Skillfully utilize the chemical literature.
  5. Have the ability to effectively pursue career objectives in an advanced professional or graduate school education, a scientific career in government or industry, or a career in teaching.