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Chemistry, BS

Offered in: SCHAUMBURG

Roosevelt University offers three chemistry-related degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry, and a BS in Biochemistry. The BS degree in Chemistry, which is approved by the American Chemical Society, offers substantial laboratory experience and in-depth training in all major sub-disciplines of chemistry. This degree is appropriate for those students who intend to pursue graduate study in chemistry or chemically-related sciences, or direct employment in chemically-related industries. Chemistry majors with strong academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the Roosevelt Scholars (honors) Program.


  • Chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and physics courses may not be taken pass/fail, and must be passed with a letter grade of C- or higher and a minimum cumulative math & science GPA of 2.0.
  • At least 27 semester hours of the required chemistry courses must be completed at Roosevelt University.
  • All chemistry and supporting math and physics courses must be taken within eight years of graduation to be accepted for credit without examination.
  • Undergraduate research with a faculty member is recommended. Three credits of research may substitute for an elective course in chemistry.
  • Entering students with a score of at least four on the AP chemistry placement examination will receive credit for CHEM 201, General Chemistry I.

Chemistry core (25 sh)

  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 237 Quantitative Analysis .....5

Chemistry depth courses (17 sh)

  BCHM 355 Biochemistry .....3
  CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics with Laboratory A&B .....5
  CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry - Quantum Mechanics with Laboratory A&B .....5
  CHEM 341 Inorganic Chemistry .....3
  CHEM 393 Chemistry Seminar .....1

Chemistry or Biochemistry laboratory electives. Select at least two for at least 10 credits and at least 160 lab hours

  BCHM 354 Biochemistry Lab + BCHM 357 Advanced Biochemistry (48 lab hours) .....5
  CHEM 313 Advanced Organic Chemistry (80 lab hours) .....5
  CHEM 337 Instrumental Analysis (80 lab hours) .....5
  CHEM 347 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (80 lab hours) .....5
  CHEM 395 Research or BCHM 395 Research (20-80 lab hours) .....1-4

Chemistry or Biochemistry major elective (satisfied by any 300-level CHEM or BCHM elective of 3 or more sh, beyond the required core and depth courses, excluding BCHM 320) (3-5 sh)

  BCHM 3XX Student’s Choice OR .....3-5
  CHEM 3XX Student’s Choice .....3-5

Required mathematics elective (one MATH course selected from the list below) (3-5 sh)

  MATH 217 Introduction to Probability and Statistics .....3
  MATH 233 Calculus III .....3
  MATH 245 Discrete Structures .....3-5
  MATH 246 Linear Algebra .....3
  MATH 280 Mathematical Modeling .....3
  MATH 300 Differential Equations .....3

Required supporting sequence (20 sh)

  MATH 231 Calculus I .....5
  MATH 232 Calculus II .....5
  PHYS 201 Physics I – Mechanics & Heat .....4
  PHYS 202 Physics II – Electromagnetism .....4
  PHYS 233 Calculus-based Physics I discussion .....1
  PHYS 234 Calculus-based Physics II discussion .....1


  General education, university writing requirement, and electives to total: .....120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)