Sep 26, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry, B.S.


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Each student is urged to consult with an academic advisor at the earliest possible time (even before the first semester) to outline a curriculum to meet his or her needs. A typical program of study for chemistry majors is outlined below. Although not required, several minors are possible for chemistry majors without concentrations.

Students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see College Degree Requirements ) and the University Degree Requirements (see 1400 University Degree Requirements and Graduation ). Alternatives are available to some core and major requirements. Please see one of the undergraduate directors for specific guidelines. Chemistry majors need to take CHEM 1211K during their first term at GSU to be on schedule to graduate in four years.

University Grade-Point Average and Grade Requirements

Georgia State University undergraduate students must achieve an overall institutional grade-point average of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.0 in Areas G and H to receive a bachelor’s degree from the university. Grades of C- can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. However, some courses have prerequisites that require a grade of C or higher. (See section 1460 GPA Requirement  for additional information.)

Degree Requirements


Area A


MATH 1113  is recommended.

Required course


Area D


Required course


(choose one of the following or a higher level mathematics course)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18 Hours)


  • Transfer students, students changing their major, and students pursuing an biochemistry concentration may substitute PHYS 1111K/PHYS 1112K for PHYS 2211K/PHYS 2212K if approved by the Department of Chemistry.
  • All courses above ending in K may also be offered as separate lecture and lab (L) courses. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are equivalent courses.
  • Credit hours exceeding 18 earned to complete the Areas A-F requirements will count toward elective hours.

Required Courses (18 Hours)


(unless used to satisfy Area D requirements)

Elective Courses


from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F if needed. Contact the Undergraduate Director for the BS in Chemistry for advice.

Area G: Major Courses (30 Hours)


Required courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6 Hours)


Major Electives (5 Hours)


Select additional 3000- and/or 4000-level chemistry courses
Recommended course

American Chemical Society Certification


For American Chemical Society certification, students must take CHEM 4600 in Area G, and an additional ten hours of coursework as follows:

Required Courses (10 Hours)


Elective Courses (4 Hours)


Graduation with Distinction in the Major


This department offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the department undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.

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