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 appearing around 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.


  • 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


  • Organic Chemistry for Majors I & II
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures*
  • UCCS - Individual and Social Behavior*
  • Calculus III
  • General Physics with Calculus I & II


  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry I & II
  • Physical Chemistry Lab
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • UCCS - Theology
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Chemistry Elective
  • Electives


  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Synthesis
  • Physical Chemistry Lab
  • One Chemistry Elective
  • Electives

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