Chemistry, B.S. - Biochemistry

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

 Major GPA  2.0 required.

Chemistry Requirements (29 Credits)
CHE 120 – General Chemistry I (T2PR)
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II (T2LE)
CHE 240 – Analytical Chemistry
CHE 260 – Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 – Organic Chemistry II
CHE 370 – Physical Chemistry I
CHE 435 – Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 301, CHE 445 and CHE 496 – Chemistry Connection

Concentration in Bio–Chemistry (15 Credits)
CHE 450 – Biochemistry I
CHE 451 – Biochemistry II

Select one (3 credits):
CHE 456 – Medicinal Chemistry
CHE 457 – Pharmacology
CHE 458 – Drug Discovery

Select one (minimum 1 credit):
CHE 371 – Physical Chemistry II
CHE 372 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHE 373 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHE 436 – Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 440 – Instrumental Analysis

One additional CHE course at 300–level or above.
  Note: Automatic substitution CHE course at or above the 500-level for accelerated students.

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.


BIO 102 – Biology I ('C 'or better)
BIO 103 – Biology II ('C 'or better) (T2LE)
MAT 150 – Calculus I (T1QR)
PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (T2PR)

Two additional BIO courses at 200-level or above. A grade of 'C' or better is required in both BIO 102 and 103 to take most upper level BIO courses.


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultantion with their advisor, accelerated students may select up to 9 additional credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study, in addition to the one CHE 500-level course that is substituted above in the major.