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2017-2018 University Catalog

Chemistry, BS


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About the Program

Chemistry at Purdue University has a ratio of 1 faculty member for every 8 undergraduates, which allows students to enjoy a great deal of individualized attention. It also offers opportunities for mentoring programs and cutting-edge undergraduate research in a wide range of fields from drug discovery to climate change. 

The B.S. program with chemistry as a field of study is designed for those who want training in chemistry and freedom to pursue minors or second majors in other areas.  Common areas of interest have been Forensic Sciences, Biology, Foreign Languages, Management, Psychology, and other Liberal Arts areas.  The flexibility in this program adapts easily to Study Abroad semesters.

Chemistry Website

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Curriculum and Degree Requirements


A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Free Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 


Most College of Science degree programs contain free elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the free elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Departmental/Program Major Courses


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (28-38 credits)


  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (satisfies Written Communication for core) (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core)
  • COM 21700 - Science Writing And Presentation (satisfies Oral Communication for core)
  • Language I Selective - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • Language II Selective - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • Language and Culture III Selective (select courses could satisfy Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • General Education I Selective (select courses could satisfy Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education II Selective (select courses could satisfy Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education III Selective (select courses could satisfy Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Great Issues Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Multidisciplinary Selective (can be satisfied with a minor) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (select courses could satisfy Science, Technology and Society for core)

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  • STAT 30100 - Elementary Statistical Methods (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core)
  • or

  • STAT 35000 - Introduction To Statistics (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core)
  •  

  • CS 15800 - C Programming
  • or

  • CS 17700 - Programming With Multimedia Objects

Electives (18-32 credits)


University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements


18 Credits


Spring 1st Year


16 Credits


14 Credits


15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


13 - 14 Credits


Fall 4th Year


14 Credits


Spring 4th Year


14 - 15 Credits


Notes


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement

**Satisfies a Non-departmental Major Course Requirement

Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all CHM courses.

Students must have 32 credits at the 30000 level or above taken at Purdue.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Disclaimer


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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