May 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.S.

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The College of Arts and Sciences  offers an undergraduate major in Chemistry with a curriculum that provides a strong background in the basic concepts of analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Laboratory courses provide hands-on experience in the operation of a number of modern scientific instruments. Upon graduation, the student is prepared for employment in government and industrial laboratories in a variety of entry-level positions. The program provides the necessary preparation for graduate work at the M.S. or Ph.D. level in chemistry and meets all requirements for admission to the M.S. in Analytical Chemistry at Governors State University.

American Chemical Society Certification

The B.S. in Chemistry at Governors State University is approved by the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society approves professional programs designed to meet guidelines that define high quality undergraduate education. Students qualify for certification by completing the degree requirements below, including at least six hours of advanced courses and sufficient laboratory course work for a total of 500 laboratory hours. All qualified graduates will receive certification by the American Chemical Society. Certified graduates are eligible for full membership in the American Chemical Society immediately upon graduation.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

In addition, only grades of “C” or better will be accepted for transfer for the following courses normally taken at the lower-division level: eight hours of general chemistry with laboratory, eight hours of organic chemistry with laboratory, eight hours of physics with laboratory, and eight hours of calculus.

General Education Requirement (37-41)

The following courses must be taken, at the lower division level, to meet major and general education requirements:

  • General Chemistry I with Laboratory (4)
  • Calculus I (4)

Required Courses (61 Hours)

Biology or Computer Science Selective (3 Hours)

Select one of the following Computer Science courses or one Biology course, any of which may be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level:


Other science courses as approved by academic advisor.

Electives (7-11 Hours)

Total - 120 Hours


* May be used to meet the general education requirements and will increase the number of electives required.

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