Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is typically completed in four years of full-time enrollment. Chemistry majors will take a wide range of chemistry classes including core classes in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Additionally, they will take calculus, statistics, a year of physics, general education classes, and upper level electives in chemistry. Course descriptions may be read in the academic catalog. Students are encouraged to follow their progress with a Degree Completion Worksheet.
Due to rotation of upper level classes, the semester in which a student enrolls will determine the order of classes. If entering in the Fall of an even year (e.g., 2012, 2014, etc.) the suggested plan of study is:
Chemistry Major Plan of Study for even year entry
If entering in the Fall of an odd-numbered year (e.g., 2013, 2015, etc.) the suggested plan of study is:
Chemistry Major Plan of Study for odd year entry
For students interested in pursuing a career in forensics after graduation, there is a customized chemistry degree to prepare students for work in a crime lab. The B.S. in Chemistry with Forensic Concentration is a chemistry degree with additional course work in criminal justice, an ethics course, and selected upper level chemistry electives. Even-year entry and odd-year entry to USC Upstate determine the sequence of upper level courses, see links below for the suggested plan of study.
The Plan of Study sheets above are guides only. Be sure to check the academic catalog for the year in which you enrolled at USC Upstate for the specific requirements for graduation, minor requirements, and changes in course of study.
For those students not pursuing a chemistry degree, but would like to minor in chemistry, click on the link below to see the requirements.
Besides learning chemistry in a lecture class or lab class, research with a faculty mentor is an excellent way to gain experience working on real chemical problems. Especially for those students who plan further studies in graduate and professional schools, research experience is often an entrance requirement. If possible, students may be able to present their research at scientific meetings. Students interested in conducting research should contact a faculty member to learn more about research and funding opportunities.
The mission of the USC Upstate chemistry program is to provide a baccalaureate level education in chemistry that will prepare students for scientific careers in the Upstate region and beyond. Graduates of the chemistry program will possess a broad knowledge of chemistry and the technical and communication skills needed to pursue excellence in their chosen careers and in further study in chemistry, medicine, or business.
Careers in Chemistry
Information on career options in the chemical sciences can be found in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.