Chemistry, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry prepares students for excellence in graduate or medical school, and employment in the chemical, biotechnological, or pharmaceutical industries. Students learn a wide array of topics in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. The program emphasizes the “hands-on” nature of chemistry in laboratory courses, giving students the tools that chemists need to pursue research. They also learn how to write scientific reports, analyze data, and place these results in a broader scientific context. Accomplished majors are encouraged to pursue independent research with a professor, and to present their work internally and at national meetings. 

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Dan Strongin, Chair
Beury Hall, Room 130
215-204-7118

Dr. Ann Valentine, Vice Chair
Beury Hall, Room 352
215-204-7118

Dr. Spiridoula Matsika, Faculty Advisor (Last names A-G)
Beury Hall, Room 242
215-204-7703
spiridoula.matsika@temple.edu

Dr. Robert Stanley, Faculty Advisor (Last names H-N)
Beury Hall, Room 250B
215-204-2027
robert.stanley@temple.edu

Dr. Michael Zdilla, Faculty Advisor (Last names O-Z)
Beury Hall, Room 440
215-204-7886
michael.zdilla@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.

    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:

      BIOL 2296Genetics (S)4
      BIOL 3096Cell Structure and Function (F)4
      BIOL 3396Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating3
      CHEM 4196Techniques of Chemical Measurement II5
      CHEM 3397
      CHEM 3398
      Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
      and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
      4
      EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere (S - even years)4
      EES 3096Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
      MATH 3098Modern Algebra (F)3
      MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving3
      PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics (S)4
      or PHYS 4796 Experimental Physics
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements

    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (70-74 s.h.)
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 7 Chemistry courses must be completed at Temple.

    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Majors I
    and Organic Majors Laboratory I (F)
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry II
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry for Majors II
    and Organic Majors Laboratory II (S)
    Organic Chemistry for Honors II
    and Organic Honors Laboratory II (S)
    CHEM 3001Inorganic Chemistry3
    CHEM 3103
    CHEM 3105
    Techniques of Chemical Measurement I
    and Introduction to Chemical Research Techniques
    4
    CHEM 3301Physical Chemistry Lecture I3
    CHEM 3302Physical Chemistry Lecture II3
    CHEM 3397
    CHEM 3398
    Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
    and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
    4
    CHEM 4196Techniques of Chemical Measurement II5
    Two Advanced Chemistry courses (4002 or above) 1,26-8
    Advanced Science Courses - select from the following: 26-8
    Cooperative Research 3
    Undergraduate Research 3
    Cooperative Research 3
    Undergraduate Research 3
    All other Chemistry courses numbered 4002 and above
    Genetics (S)
    Cell Structure and Function (F)
    Developmental Biology (F)
    Mammalian Physiology (and above)
    Mineralogy I (and above)
    Linear Algebra
    Probability Theory I (and above)
    Classical Mechanics (S)
    Mathematical Physics (S)
    Introduction to Modern Physics (S)
    Analytical Mechanics (F)
    Electricity and Magnetism (F)
    Classical Electromagnetism (S)
    Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (F)
    Electronics (and above)
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 4
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    Physics
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Select one of the following4
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II (S)
    Total Credit Hours70-74
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

     CHEM 4881 and CHEM 4891 will not fulfill an Advanced Chemistry elective for the Chemistry B.A. or B.S. degree.

    2

    In order for the B.S. degree to be certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the student must take CHEM 4401 Biochemistry I and either CHEM 4003 Inorganic Synthesis or BIOL 4344 Research Techniques in Biochemistry. Further, two additional advanced courses (CHEM 4002 or higher or BIOL 4376) of at least 3 credits must be successfully completed to fulfill the ACS mandated requirement of four in-depth courses. Finally, in order to fulfill the ACS mandated requirement of 400 laboratory hours excluding General Chemistry, each student must complete either CHEM 4207 Advanced Organic Preparations OR any two (2) of the following:  CHEM 4004 Crystallography and Diffraction; CHEM 4103 Instrumental Design; CHEM 4107 Drug Analysis; CHEM 4108 Investigative Chemistry, BIOL 4344 Research Techniques in Biochemistry, or one instance may be a research course of at least 3 credits of (CHEM 3881 Cooperative Research, CHEM 3891 Undergraduate Research, CHEM 4881 Cooperative Research or CHEM 4891 Undergraduate Research).

    3

    Only one of these may be counted as an advanced science course.

    4

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include CHEM 1027, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Major, students are required to achieve a 3.33 GPA or higher in all the Chemistry courses in their major.

Suggested Academic Plan

All prospective majors should schedule an appointment with one of the departmental advisors (names of current Faculty Advisors are available in the About section) to plan a program of study. The recommended order of courses for the major is listed below; a different order is acceptable as long as the student adheres to prerequisite requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry for Majors I (F) 
Organic Chemistry for Honors I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry II 
Organic Chemistry for Majors II (S) 
Organic Chemistry for Honors II (S) 
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S) 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
CHEM 3103Techniques of Chemical Measurement I23
CHEM 3105Introduction to Chemical Research Techniques21
CHEM 3301Physical Chemistry Lecture I3
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 3302Physical Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM 3397Physical Chemistry Laboratory I [WI]2
CHEM 3001Inorganic Chemistry3
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CHEM 3398Physical Chemistry Laboratory II [WI]2
Advanced Science Course43-4
Advanced Chemistry Course - 4002 or above3,43-4
General Education/Elective Credits7-5
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 4196Techniques of Chemical Measurement II [WI]5
Advanced Science Course43-4
Advanced Chemistry Course - 4002 or above3,43-4
General Education/Elective Credits4-2
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

2

It is strongly encouraged that CHEM 3103/CHEM 3105 be taken before all chemistry laboratory courses numbered above 3105.

3

Advanced Chemistry Courses for B.S. students consist of all courses in Chemistry having a number of 4002 or above (except CHEM 4881 and CHEM 4891). If the student has successfully completed the appropriate prerequisite course, a graduate course in Chemistry may be included in this category.

4

In order for the B.S. degree to be certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the student must take CHEM 4401 Biochemistry I and either CHEM 4003 Inorganic Synthesis or BIOL 4344 Research Techniques in Biochemistry. Further, two additional advanced courses (CHEM 4002 or higher or  BIOL 4376) of at least 3 credits must be successfully completed to fulfill the ACS mandated requirement of four in-depth courses. Finally, in order to fulfill the ACS mandated requirement of 400 laboratory hours excluding General Chemistry, each student must complete either CHEM 4207 Advanced Organic Preparations OR any two (2) of the following:  CHEM 4004 Crystallography and Diffraction; CHEM 4103 Instrumental Design; CHEM 4107 Drug Analysis; CHEM 4108 Investigative Chemistry, BIOL 4344 Research Techniques in Biochemistry, or one instance may be a research course of at least 3 credits of (CHEM 3881 Cooperative Research, CHEM 3891 Undergraduate Research, CHEM 4881 Cooperative Research or  CHEM 4891 Undergraduate Research).

Advanced Science Courses for B.S. students consist of:

Advanced Science Courses
Only one of the following may be counted as an advanced science course:1-3
Cooperative Research
Undergraduate Research
Cooperative Research
Undergraduate Research
All other Chemistry courses numbered 4002 or above3-4
BIOL 2296Genetics (S)4
BIOL 3096Cell Structure and Function (F)4
BIOL 3265Developmental Biology (F)3
BIOL 3334Mammalian Physiology (and above)4
EES 2011Mineralogy I (and above)4
MATH 2101Linear Algebra3
MATH 3031Probability Theory I (and above)3
PHYS 2101Classical Mechanics (S)3
PHYS 2502Mathematical Physics (S)4
PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics (S)4
PHYS 3101Analytical Mechanics (F)3
PHYS 3301Electricity and Magnetism (F)4
PHYS 3302Classical Electromagnetism (S)3
PHYS 4101Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (F)3
PHYS 4301Electronics (and above)3
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course