Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Chemistry Major: Sample Course Schedule

Sample 4-Year Plan

Please note that it is not uncommon for requirements to change between catalog printings. To verify your academic plan:

Semester Hours
Liberal Studies Program Requirements31-57
Missouri Statute Requirement1-3
Required Support14-15
**May be used to fulfill LSP requirements
MATH 198Analytical Geometry and Calculus I**5
MATH 263Analytical Geometry and Calculus II5
PHYS 195 or PHYS 185Physics with Calculus I** or College Physics I **5 or 4
Bachelor of Science Requirements7-8
PHYS 196 or PHYS 186Physics with Calculus II or College Physics II5 or 4
MATH 264Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
Major Requirements46-47
**CHEM 333 is equivalent to the combination of CHEM 330 and CHEM 332
CHEM 130Chemical Principles I4
CHEM 131Chemical Principles II4
CHEM 222Intro to Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 322Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 310Modern Methods in Biochemistry 1
CHEM 335Biochemistry I: Structure and Function3
CHEM 323Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 324Physical Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 325Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 326Physical Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 329Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 330Organic Chemistry I Lab**1
CHEM 331Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II Lab**1
CHEM 473Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 474Inorganic Chemistry Lab1
CHEM 145Freshman Seminar1
CHEM 245Sophomore Seminar1
CHEM 345Junior Seminar1
Capstone Experience
CHEM 445Senior Seminar1
One advanced chemistry course and a minimum of two credit hours are required. With approval of advisor, students may select the other course from the following list of courses.2
CHEM 422Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 430Advanced Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 431Advanced Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 435Biochemistry II: Metabolism3
CHEM 476Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 443Chemistry Research III***1-3
CHEM 518Advanced Topics***1-3
Electives to Total120

Students completing the University’s Bachelor of Science program in chemistry as described in this bulletin meet the American Chemical Society (ACS) requirements for certification upon graduation. Specific questions about the ACS certification requirements may be addressed to Dr. Vaughan Pultz, the certification officer.

Further Degree Criteria

Any student obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Truman must:

  1. complete 12 hours of 300-level or above chemistry credits at Truman;
  2. a Chemistry major must achieve at least a “C” in each of the courses listed as Major Requirements. A minimum GPA of 2.0, with a maximum of 5 credit hours of “D,” is required for all courses listed as Required Support and Bachelor of Science Requirements.
  3. score at or above the 20th percentile on the nationally-normed senior exam (e.g. MFAT or DUCK);
  4. must fulfill the university guidelines for a portfolio

Honors in Chemistry

Any student can graduate with Honors in Chemistry under the following criteria:

  1. Must complete the PHYS 195-196 sequence.
  2. In 3 out of 5 of the “core” areas (general, organic, analytical, physical, inorganic) score at or above the 50th percentile on the area’s nationally-normed exam.
  3. The student must achieve the University’s academic standards for graduating cum laude and one of the following criteria:
    1. The student has obtained a 90th percentile on the chemistry department’s senior assessment exam.
    2. The student has successfully progressed on a research project of at least two semesters’ effort and has written a research report according to ACS certification guidelines and has given a research seminar/presentation. The student must register for two credits of research.

The diploma from Truman reads, in addition to the usual form, “Departmental Honors.”

NOTE: Currently Chemical Principles I can only be waived with an AP score of 5. Chemical Principles II cannot be waived. Contact the Chemistry Department if you have questions.

Areas of Concentration

The following areas of concentration are guides only; the student may elect other areas of the concentration with approval of his/her advisor.

Students interested in pursuing Allopathic of Osteopathic Medicine may select from the following list of courses to reach a minimum of 15 hours. Students are expected to have completed appropriate prerequisites before enrolling in these courses.

Semester Hours
BIOL 200Cell Biology4
BIOL 300Genetics4
BIOL 302Comparative Anatomy5
BIOL 304Microbiology4
BIOL 309Histology3
BIOL 421Physiology4
CHEM 421Biochemistry4