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B.S. Chemistry Major

Chemistry connects many of the other fields of science. For this reason, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry from John Carroll University can really take you anywhere. You’ll choose from one of two concentrations: biochemistry or chemical physics.

Our department owns more than $2 million of instrumentation and equipment that we use at all levels of courses. From your first general chemistry lab through senior-level labs, you’ll be working on the same equipment that is used at major research universities.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (120 total credit hours):

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View the Sample Chemistry Major Study Plans

This curriculum is for students graduating in 2019 or later.

Foundational Competencies (9-12 credit hours)

  • Written Expression: one or two courses, depending on placement
  • EN 125, Seminar on Academic Writing (3 cr.) OR
  • EN 120/121, Developmental Writing (6 cr.)
  • Oral Expression: one course
  • CO 125, Speech Communication (3 cr.)
  • Quantitative Analysis: one course (3 cr.)

Language (0-9 credit hours)

  • Students must complete the 201 level or equivalent in the language they continue from high school; those who place above this level (201) are exempt from the requirement.
  • Students must complete a two-course sequence (101-102) if they begin a new language at JCU.

Integrated Courses * (15 credit hours)

  • Engaging the Global Community (1 course; 3 cr.)
  • Exploring the Natural World (2 linked courses; 6 cr.)
  • Examining Human Experience (2 linked courses; 6 cr.)

Jesuit Heritage (16 credit hours)

  • Philosophy: two courses (one from each of the following categories)
  • Knowledge & Reality (3 cr.) AND
  • Values & Society (3 cr.)
  • Theology & Religious Studies: two courses
  • TRS 101, Intro to Theology & Religious Studies (3 cr.) AND
  • An additional 200- or 300- level TRS course (3 cr.)
  • Issues in Social Justice: one course (3 cr.)
  • Creative and Performing Arts: one course (1+ cr.)

Core Requirements in the Major

  • Additional Writing Course
  • Additional Presentation Component
  • Capstone Experience


  • Foundational writing (EN 125 or EN 120/121) is a prerequisite for all integrated courses
  • Foundational Quantitative Analysis is a prerequisite for Exploring the Natural World
  • Within the five integrated courses, students must include one science course (BL, CH, MT/CS, PH/EP, PS), one social science course (EC, PO, SC), and one humanities course (AH, CMLC/CL/IC, CO, EN, HS)
Course Name/Number Credit Hours
General Chemistry I-II & Lab I-II (or Chemical Principles & Lab)
CH 141, 142, 143, 144 (or CH 151, 153)
10 (5)
Organic Chemistry I-II & Lab I-II
CH 221, 222, 223, 224
Analytical Chemistry & Lab
CH 261, 263
Physical Chemistry I
CH 363
Physical Chemistry Lab I
CH 367
Chemistry Seminar
CH 478A, 478B
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I-II
MT 135, 136
General Physics I-II/Lab I-II (or Physics I-II/Physics Workshops I-II)
PH 125/125L, 126/126L (or PH 135/135L, 136/136L *)
8 (10)  
Total Chemistry Core Hours 38-48  


  • CH 366 (Physical Chemistry II) may count as an upper-division elective by permission for all pathways except the Chemical Physics Concentration.
  • Chemical Physics concentrations must take the CH 366 sequence and the PH 135/135L, 136/136L sequence.
Course Name/Number Credit Hours
Instrumental Analysis - CH 441 3
Instrumental Analysis Lab - CH 443 2
2 courses of upper-division CH electives 6
Total Additional Chemistry Hours 11


  • CH 363, CH 367 are required, but the full physical chemistry suite, CH 363, 365, 367, and 368 us strongly encouraged for students considering graduate school in a chemistry-related area
  • If the CH 363-366 sequence is taken, CH 366 (3 cr.) may count as an upper-division elective by permission
  • CH 399 (3 cr.) is strongly encouraged and would fulfill one of the upper-division electives
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Upon graduation, many of our students pursue graduate or health-related professional programs. You also could pursue a career in another field, such as business, education, information science, journalism, forensics or law by combining chemistry with a second major or interdisciplinary minor.

A chemistry major combined with a minor in business is excellent preparation for a career in bio(chemically) related field if one’s goal is management or an M.B.A. This would also allow a student to complete the B.S. in Chemistry and M.B.A. at John Carroll in five years of full-time study. Interested students should consult with their advisor early in their freshman or sophomore year.

A chemistry major combined with the criminology sequence in sociology is excellent preparation for employment in forensic chemistry.

Students wishing to teach chemistry or general science in secondary schools should confer with the Department of Education during freshman year.

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