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The hole in the ozone layer has reached record dimensions. Energy resources are being stretched to the limit. New diseases — and new forms of old diseases — are cropping up all over the world. At the center of these and many other world problems is chemistry, which seeks solutions to global problems.

Get in the lab early and often.

Get results. As an undergraduate chemistry major, you’ll assist your professors in organic, biochemical, analytical, physical and inorganic chemical research, giving you the opportunity not just to test current theories but to make new discoveries in the field of chemistry.

Unparalleled access to professors.

As a chemistry major, you'll get to work with your professors on the research they conduct with grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal and foundation sources. These projects encompass important chemical and biochemical problems, and many faculty are able to provide summer research opportunities for undergraduates.

Tap into our network.

Our chapter of Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society has been recognized by the organization for its excellent chapter events, including career development activities and professional networking.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Freshman

  • General Chemistry for Majors I & II
  • Calculus I & II
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology

Sophomore

  • Organic Chemistry for Majors I & II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • UCCS - Theology*
  • Calculus III
  • General Physics with Calculus I & II

Junior

  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry I & II
  • Physical Chemistry Lab
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures
  • UCCS - Individual and Social Behavior*
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • Electives

Senior

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Inorganic Synthesis
  • Two Chemistry Electives
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Chemistry

You might like the Chemistry major if you

✓ are strong in science and math

✓ like chemistry

✓ respect accuracy

✓ enjoy lab work

✓ like to work independently

What can you do with a major in Chemistry?

Chemistry equipmentThe chemistry major is excellent preparation for medical, dental, law and graduate school; chemistry research and teaching; and pharmaceutical research and development.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in chemistry.

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