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University of Pittsburgh    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Mar 07, 2021
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Chemistry, BS

Major Requirements

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

For ACS certification, the elective course must be a course in biochemistry

At least 2 credits must be selected from an approved list of chemistry or science electives

The chemistry major must earn a 2.00 GPA in all departmental courses

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 .


Students who complete the requirements of the chemistry major automatically complete the requirements for a related area in mathematics. 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 PRACTCM .

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 CHEMSTRY 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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