Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry BS

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Want to make a big impact? Start by thinking small-at the molecular level, to be precise. As a chemistry student, you’ll get a whole new perspective on everything around us as you study the composition of matter, then use your knowledge to make our lives better. How? By developing pharmaceuticals that are more effective, making sure our water is safe to drink, developing new materials for longer-lasting products … the list goes on and on.

Visit the Chemistry academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Chemistry department page for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Chemistry BS will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Chemistry Core (51-57 credits)

One 300-level Chemistry Laboratory (2-3 credits)

One Advanced Math course (4 credits)

MTH 306  or MTH 309  recommended.

Total Credits Required for Major: 79-85

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate acquisition of a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the four basic areas of the discipline (organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry).
  • Solve problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem. They will be able to rationally estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution, and interpret their results.
  • Understand the objective of their chemical experiments, properly carry out the experiments, and appropriately record and analyze the results.
  • Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments.
  • Know and follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.
  • Communicate the concepts and results of their laboratory experiments through effective writing skills.
  • Successfully pursue their career objectives in advanced education in professional and/or graduate schools, in a scientific career in government or industry, in a teaching career in the school systems, or in a related career following graduation.
  • Be able to use modern literature retrieval methods to obtain information about chemicals and chemistry topics.
  • Have a basic understanding of biological chemistry.
  • Have advanced laboratory skills in organic and inorganic synthesis and characterizational methods.
  • Have advanced knowledge of analytical chemistry.


(HEGIS: 19.05 CHEMISTRY-GEN-NO BIOCHEM, CIP40.0501 Chemistry, General)


Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 8 credit hours of UB Chemistry department courses to receive the BS degree.

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