Chemistry, B.S. - Concentration: General and B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway

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This Pathway Program has been designed to provide high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year in order to accelerate graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete their B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry in five years.

120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

47 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 150 – Calculus I

Tier 1 – Technological Fluency (select one):
COM 101 – Fundamentals of Professional Presentations
CSC 101 – Introduction to Computers and Applications
CSC 104 – Web Technology
CSC 200 – Information Management and Productivity Software
GEO 110 – Geography and Conflict: Ethnicity, Race, and Economy in the US

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:
PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

Tier 3 – Capstone (all three required):
CHE 301 – The Preparation of Scientific Documents for Chemistry
CHE 445 – Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety
CHE 496 – Chemistry Seminar

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


44 Credits Required
GPA of 2.0 required in the major

Chemistry Requirements
26 Credits Required

CHE 120 – General Chemistry I
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II
CHE 240 – Analytical Chemistry
CHE 260 – Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 – Organic Chemistry II
CHE 370 – Physical Chemistry I
CHE 435 — Inorganic Chemistry I

Concentration: General 
6 Credits Required

CHE 371 – Physical Chemistry II
CHE 372 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHE 373 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHE 436 — Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

BS to MS Accelerated Pathway
12 Credits Required
Graduate courses require a grade of 'C' or higher

CHE 586 - Chemistry Research I
CHE 587 - Chemistry Research II

Select two additional graduate CHE courses at the 500-level or above.

In order to receive a degree in chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University, along with satisfying the requirements listed above students must complete a minimum of 16 credits of advanced chemistry courses (300 level or above) at SCSU. 


12 Credits Required

PHY 231 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
MAT 151 – Calculus II
MAT 252 – Calculus III


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).