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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
  May 20, 2022
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Chemistry, BS

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Major Requirements

The requirements for the ACS-certified major in chemistry are as follows.


At least two credits must be completed in the following list of approved chemistry or science courses.

For American Chemical Society (ACS) certification, students must complete their electives in a biochemistry course - BIOSC 1000 - BIOCHEMISTRY  or BIOSC 1810 - MACROMOLECULAR STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION .

GPA requirement

The chemistry major must earn a 2.00 GPA in all departmental courses. Chemistry majors may use the S/NC option in all required physics and mathematics courses and in CHEM 0110 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1  and CHEM 0120 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 2 .


To graduate with departmental honors, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00, have a GPA of at least 3.25 in required chemistry courses, earn 2 credits in CHEM 1710 - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH , and earn 1 credit in CHEM 1711 - UNDGR RESEARCH WRITING PRACTICUM .

The chemistry department offers options in bioscience, business, communications, photonics, education, and material science. Each chemistry option allows for a waiver of CHEM 1440 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 2 , CHEM 1140 - ADVANCED INORGANIC LABORATORY , and the 2-credit science elective required for the ACS-certified degree. Specific information on the options program is available from the department.

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