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, 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.
- Bachelor of science in chemistry major degree requirements
- Minor in chemistry degree requirements
- Chemistry Major Suggested Plan of Study
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 Focus is a chemistry degree with additional course work in criminal justice, ethics and selected upper-level chemistry electives.
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.
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 at the American Chemical Society's College to Career website.