- Students majoring or minoring in chemistry are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better in their chemistry courses. In addition, students majoring or minoring in chemistry must receive a grade of “C” or better in all core chemistry courses. Students minoring in chemistry are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all of the chemistry courses applying to the minor.
- Proficiency in physics, math and computer science is essential for understanding and applying chemical principles; therefore, graduates must complete approved math and physics courses with an overall GPA of 2.000 or better.
- Transfer students are required to earn a minimum of 20 semester credit hours in approved chemistry courses from CSU-Pueblo for graduation with a BS degree in chemistry. Transfer students wishing to minor in chemistry must earn a minimum of 10 of the 20 credit hours required at CSU-Pueblo.
- Students will be required to take an exit examination during the senior year, covering the undergraduate chemistry curriculum.
The following common core is required for all of the chemistry emphasis areas for the Bachelor of Science Degree:
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Lab II
|CHEM 170||Academic Orientation||0.5|
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
and Quantitative Analysis Lab
|CHEM 321||Physical Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 322||Physical Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 370||Academic Enrichment||0.5|
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
All emphasis areas for the chemistry major also require completion of the following institutional and general education requirements.
Institutional and General Education
Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
ACS Certified Emphasis
|Required Chemistry Core|
|Required Emphasis Courses|
|CHEM 323||Experimental Physical Chemistry||2|
|CHEM 411||Biochemistry I||3|
|CHEM 421||Advanced Inorganic Chemistry||3|
|Approved Chemistry Electives|
|Select 6 credits||6|
|Other Required Courses|
|MATH 126||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||5|
|MATH 224||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II||5|
|General Physics I|
and General Physics I Lab
|General Physics II|
and General Physics II Lab
|Institutional and General Education|
|Select 24 credits||24|
|Select 19 credits||19|
- To prepare graduates in the discipline of chemistry to become productive members of the profession whether they go on to industry, post-graduate education or other areas.
- To prepare students in the verbal, written and quantitative skills that are prerequisites to advanced study or careers in chemistry.
- To prepare students in the theoretical principals of chemistry as well as in the laboratory approach to problem solving.
- To maintain approval of the chemistry curriculum as defined by the American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training.
- To provide the opportunity for a variety of educational programs through the following:
- Basic Chemistry
- ACS Certified Curriculum
- Environmental Chemistry
- Chemistry/Teacher Certification
- Double Major
- Chemistry Minor
Expected Student Outcomes
Chemistry graduates are expected to:
- Understand the concept of and be able to apply the scientific method to problem solution;
- Understand classifications of chemical compounds, general reaction types and quantitative aspects of stoichiometry as applied to chemical reactions;
- Apply basic knowledge of related fields such as mathematics and physics to problem solving, methods of analysis and use of numerical data in the chemical sciences;
- Demonstrate a knowledge of basic laboratory skills, methods and equipment used in chemistry for observation and analysis of chemical systems;
- Read, think and write critically and review current literature in the chemical sciences; and
- Exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories, concepts and skills necessary in the chemical sciences.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
- Assessment of chemistry majors occurs through examination of GPA in required courses. Majors are required to maintain a 2.000 GPA in major and minor courses as well as in other required courses.
- Students are required to complete American Chemical Society national standard exams when given during the course of the chemistry degree curriculum. Scores are compared to national averages to determine if students exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts necessary in the chemical sciences disciplinary areas.
- Students are required to take an exit examination during the senior year. The ETS Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) covers the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Scores are compared to national averages to determine if students exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts necessary in the chemical sciences overall.