Jul 14, 2024  
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025 
    
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025

Chemistry, B.S.


Universal Curriculum Requirements


To be awarded a degree from the College or Arts & Sciences, students are required to complete universal curriculum requirements in addition to the program requirements provided below. The school universal curriculum requirements can be found on the school Degree Programs page .

Requirements for Major


All majors in chemistry require two years of fundamental courses. One sequence, 1410, 1420, 2410, 2420 and the associated laboratories, consist of introductory chemistry in the first year and organic chemistry in the second year. The second sequence, 1810, 1820, 2810, 2820 and the associated laboratories, examine structure, reactivity, thermodynamics and kinetics and integrates one year of organic chemistry. This sequence may be taken for credit by students with advanced placement in chemistry and is recommended for students with a strong background in chemistry. The following pairs of courses overlap and may not both be taken for credit: 2410, 1820; 2420, 2810. Students with advanced placement in chemistry may not receive credit for 1410, 1420, but must complete the laboratory sequence 1411, 1421. General Area Requirements and electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an advisor; they must include courses that meet other College requirements.

Grade Standards


Candidates for the degree must complete, with a grade point average of at least 2.000, a minimum of 120 credits composed of required courses, General Area Requirements, and electives. Student must also meet all other College degree requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry


The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is a pre-professional degree designed for students who plan to become chemists, either by going to graduate school or by working in the chemical industry. It is the broadest degree program, covering all five disciplines of chemistry.

The requirements listed below are the suggested sequence of required courses and are intended to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied. General education requirements or electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an advisor; they must include courses that meet other college requirements (World Languages, Humanities, etc.).

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry


Third Year - Credits: 24-34


Fourth Year - Credits: 9-34


Specialization in Biochemistry


The department offers an opportunity for students to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Specialization in Biochemistry. This table shows the suggested sequence of required courses. Students must complete at least six hours of supervised research to qualify for ACS Certification. Candidates not following the normal course sequence should consult an advisor as early as possible.  General Area Requirements or electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an advisor; they must include courses that meet other College requirements. Candidates for degrees must complete, with a grade point average of at least 2.000, a minimum of 120 credits composed of required courses, General Area Requirements, and electives. Student must also meet all other College degree requirements.

Fourth Year - Credits: 9-34


  • General Area Requirements or electives - Credits: 0-25

    Each of the Following:

Specialization in Chemical Physics


The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Specialization in Chemical Physics is a professional degree that can be approved by the American Chemical Society (if specific requirements are satisfied) and is designed to prepare the student for a career in chemistry.

This table shows the suggested sequence of required courses. Candidates not following the normal sequence should consult an advisor as early as possible. General Area Requirements or electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an advisor; they must include courses that meet other College requirements (Foreign Language, Academic Writing, Humanities, etc). Candidates for degrees must complete, with a grade point average of at least 2.000, a minimum of 120 credits composed of required courses, General Area Requirements, and electives. Student must also meet all other College degree requirements.

Third Year - Credits: 24-34


  • General Area Requirements or electives - Credits: 7-13

     Each of the Following:

  • Two approved 3000-level PHYS electives - Credits: 6

Fourth Year - Credits: 6-34


  • General Area Requirements or electives - Credits: 0-28

    Each of the Following:

Specialization in Environmental Chemistry


The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Specialization in Environmental Chemistry is a professional degree that can be approved by the American Chemical Society (if specific requirements are satisfied) and is designed to prepare the student for a career in chemistry.

This table shows the suggested sequence of required courses. Candidates not following the normal course sequence should consult an advisor as early as possible. General Area Requirements and electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an advisor; they must include courses that meet other College requirements (Foreign Language, Academic Writing, Humanities, etc). Candidates for degrees must complete, with a grade point average of at least 2.000, a minimum of 120 credits composed of required courses, General Area Requirements, and electives. Student must also meet all other College degree requirements.

Second Year - Credits: 24-34


  • General Area Requirements or electives - Credits: 0-9

     Each of the Following:

  • Two core EVSC courses and labs - Credits: 8
    • (Student must take at least two EVSC core courses and labs. These include EVSC 2800/2801, 3200/3201, 3300/3301, and 3600/3601).

Fourth Year - Credits: 9-34


  • General Area Requirements or electives - Credits: 0-25

      Each of the Following:

  • Two Approved upper-level CHEM or EVSC electives - Credits: 6 
    • Two additional courses at 4000-level CHEM or above, or approved upper-level EVSC courses (3000 to 5000 level). Examples include EVSC 4270, 4933, or additional EVSC core courses. Students cannot double count co-listed courses (e.g., EVSC 4090 and CHEM 4090). Students cannot use undergraduate research courses to satisfy electives.

Specialization in Materials Science


The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Specialization in Materials Science is a professional degree that can be approved by the American Chemical Society (if specific requirements are satisfied) and is designed to prepare the student for a career in chemistry.

This table shows the suggested sequence of required courses. Candidates not following the normal course sequence should consult an advisor as early as possible. General Area Requirements and electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an advisor; they must include courses that meet other College requirements (Foreign Language, Academic Writing, Humanities, etc). Candidates for degrees must complete, with a grade point average of at least 2.000, a minimum of 120 credits composed of required courses, General Area Requirements, and electives. Student must also meet all other College degree requirements.

Fourth Year - Credits: 12-34


  • General Area Requirements or electives - Credits: 0-22

    Each of the Following:

B.S. in Chemistry with Specialization in Chemical Education


The Specialization in Chemical Education is for students who intend to teach chemistry/science K-12. Students can seek admission to Curry School’s Master of Teaching program in their fourth year. For more information on the Curry School program contact Professor Frackson Mumba at fm4v@virginia.edu.

This table shows the suggested sequence of required courses. Candidates not following the normal course sequence should consult an advisor as early as possible. General Area Requirements and electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an advisor; they must include courses that meet other College requirements (Foreign Language, Academic Writing, Humanities, etc). Candidates for degrees must complete, with a grade point average of at least 2.000, a minimum of 120 credits composed of required courses, General Area Requirements, and electives. Student must also meet all other College degree requirements.

Fourth Year - Credits: 12-34


  • General Area Requirements or electives - Credits: 0-18

    Each of the Following:

Distinguished Majors Program


Students may apply for the Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) anytime but no later than January 15th of their graduating year. Applications and inquiries should be made to the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator prior to the beginning of the seventh semester. The DMP consists of a cumulative GPA of 3.400 or higher by the time the student graduates, along with specified course requirements within the B.A. or B.S. programs and two semesters (six credits) of study or research under the supervision of a faculty member. The results of the research will be submitted in written form and presented to a public audience and to a faculty committee. Additional information can be obtained from the Undergraduate Programs Office of the Department of Chemistry or at http://chemistry.as.virginia.edu/distinguished-majors-program.

Additional Information


Students are responsible for breakage charges.

For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Programs, Department of Chemistry, Chemistry Building, P.O. Box 400319, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319; (434) 924-3344; http://chemistry.as.virginia.edu/ (departmental information) or http://chemistry.as.virginia.edu/undergraduate