North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

As a chemistry major, you can choose between two different degree options depending upon your academic needs. A chemistry minor can be used as support for another major such as biology, business, or math or physics. Please click on the degree option you are interested in pursuing for further information.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Chemistry Minor

Requirements for a B.S. Degree in Chemistry


A Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry will prepare you for graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, etc. as well as employment as a laboratory or research technician, a career in chemical or pharmaceutical sales and customer service, a career in secondary education, or admission into postbaccalaurate professional programs.

The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society and requires a minimum of 46.75 credit hours in chemistry coursework.

Area Course

Chemistry
Core

General Chemistry

CHM 141 Bio-Organic Molecules
CHM 142 Environmental Chemistry

Analytical

CHM 210 Chemical Analysis
CHM 410 Instrumantal Analysis

Biological

BCM 365 Biochemistry

Inorganic

CHM 205 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 405 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Organic

CHM 220 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 222 Organic Chemistry III

Physical

CHM 340 Thermodynamics
CHM 341 Kinetics, Quantum Theory, &
Spectroscopy

 

Advanced
Chemistry
Coursework

At least 3 additional credit hours at the 400-
level.

CHM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHM 425 Organometallic Chemistry
CHM 430 Special Topics
CHM 480 Research
BCM 465 Advanced Biochemistry
PHY 441 Quantum Mechanics

Research
Seminar

CHM 475 Seminar

Additional Required Support Courses for the B.S. Degree

Math (6.0 credit hrs)

MTH 152 Calculus II
MTH 153 Calculus III

Physics (9 credit hrs)

PHY 141 Physics I
PHY 142 Physics II
PHY 143A or 143C Physics III or

9 Credit hours in physics in addition to
CHM/PHY 340, at least 3 of which must be
at the 200-level or higher

Statistics

One of the following courses.

PSY 250 Statistics
MTH 342 Probability & Statistics II
ECB 241 Business and Economic Statistics

Additional
Math or Physics Course

One of the following courses.

MTH 254 Calculus IV
MTH 255 Ordinary Differential Equations
MTH 300 Linear Algebra
MTH 355 Applied Mathematical Techniques
PHY 210 Electronics
PHY 233 Physics III
PHY 335 Modern Physics

Requirements for a B.A. Degree in Chemistry


A Bachelor of Atrs degree in chemistry will prepare you for employment as a laboratory or research technician, a career in chemical or pharmaceutical sales, a career in secondary education, or admission into postbaccalaurate professional programs in the health sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry requires a minimum of 29 credit hours in chemistry coursework. At least 22 credit hours must be at the 200-level or above.

Area Course

General Chemistry

CHM 141 Bio-organic Molecules
CHM 142 Environmental Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

CHM 205 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry

CHM 210 Chemical Analysis

Organic Chemistry

CHM 220 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 222 Organic Chemistry III (optional)

Physical Chemistry

CHM 340 Thermodynamics
and/or
CHM 341 Kinetics, Quantum Theory &
Spectroscopy

Advanced Chemistry Coursework

At least one of the following courses:

CHM 405 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 410 Instrumental Analysis
CHM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHM 425 Organometallic Chemistry
CHM 430 Special Topics
BCM 465 Advanced Biochemistry

Research Seminar*

CHM 475 Seminar

Additional Required Support Courses for the B.A. Degree

Math (6.0 credit hrs)

MTH 141 Integrated Transcendental
Functions and Calculus or
MTH 151 Calculus I
MTH 152 Calculus II

Physics (9 credit hrs)

PHY 141 Physics I
PHY 142 Physics II
PHY 143A Physics III

Foreign Language

Students must complete 2 yrs of high school
foreign language or 8 credit hours of college
foreign language or the equivalent of FRN,
GER, JPN, or SPN 103. Students who test
into the 201 level language course will have
fulfilled the language requiremen

Requirements for a Chemistry Minor

At least 22 credit hours in chemistry, which must include at least 15 credit hours numbered 200 or higher, must include CHM 210, and must cover two areas of chemistry.