Chemistry, B.S. - Biochemistry M.S. Accelerated Pathway

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below. The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

120 Overall Credits Required
Overall GPA of 3.0 is Required


Liberal Education Program

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, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 150 – Calculus I

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

Tier 2 - Natural World II: Life and Environment
BIO 103 - Biology II

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.


53 Credits Required

Chemistry Requirements
29 Credits
GPA of 2.0 required in the major.

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
CHE 301CHE 445 and CHE 496 - Chemistry Connection

Concentration in Bio-Chemistry
12 Credits Required

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

Accelerated Pathway
12 Credits Required

CHE 586 - Chemistry Research I
CHE 587 - Chemistry Research II
Two additional CHE course at 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.


22 Credits Required

BIO 102 - Biology I
BIO 103 - Biology II
MAT 150 – Calculus I (T1QR)*
PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (T2PR)*

Two additional BIO courses at 200-level or above.


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