Oct 28, 2020  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry, B.S.


Department of Chemistry  
615-898-2954
Norma Dunlap, program coordinator
Norma.Dunlap@mtsu.edu

The Chemistry program includes traditional areas-analytical, biochemistry, organic, inorganic, and physical-as well as computational, polymer, medicinal, and environmental chemistry.

NOTE: Students who wish to get jobs as chemists are strongly encouraged to take additional upper-division courses (especially CHEM 4230 /CHEM 4231 ), follow the plan for the ACS major, or take more advanced chemistry courses upon graduation.

Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) Program

High achieving students majoring in Chemistry who intend to pursue a master’s degree in Chemistry may apply to participate in the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) Program. The program allows undergraduate students an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a compressed time frame. Participating undergraduate students may count up to 12 graduate credit hours toward both degrees and obtain a non-thesis master’s degree in the same field within 12 months of completing the bachelor’s degree or obtain a thesis-based master’s degree in the same field within 18 months of completing the bachelor’s degree. For more information about the ABM program, see the Graduate Catalog.

Academic Map


Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Chemistry, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements


General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 35-41 hours*
Supporting Courses 20 hours*
Electives 18-29 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

 *This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase.

General Education (41 hours)


General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Upper-Division Chemistry Electives (7 hours)


NOTE: MTeach minor students may use CHEM 3890, CHEM 4740, and YOED 4050 to fulfill the 7 hours of upper-division electives.

Supporting Courses (20 hours)


Electives (18-29 hours)


  • Sufficient upper-division credit must be taken to equal 36 credit hours

Curriculum: Chemistry


Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall


Subtotal: 14 Hours


Subtotal: 14 Hours


Sophomore Fall


Subtotal: 15 Hours


Subtotal: 16 Hours


Junior Fall


Subtotal: 17 Hours


Junior Spring


  • 3 credit hours
  • CHEM upper-division elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours


Senior Fall


  • CHEM upper-division elective 2 credit hours
  • Elective 9 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 14 Hours


Senior Spring


  • CHEM upper-division elective 2 credit hours
  • Chemistry lab elective 2 credit hours
  • Upper-division electives 8 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours