OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A C or higher is required in any course used toward the Chemistry major. A one-time exception may be made for a passing grade of C- or below as long as the overall GPA is met.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: A minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0 in the major.
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: BS(ACS Certified): CHY 498 and CHY 499; BS: CHY 492 and CHY 498; BA: CHY 492 and one upper-level chemistry elective.
Contact Information: Alice Bruce, Chair, 271 Aubert Hall, 581-1182, abruce@.maine.edu
The chemistry curriculum, certified by the American Chemical Society, is designed to provide a strong foundation in organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and biological chemistry. Students build on this foundation with in-depth coursework in two or more of these areas. Hands-on work in the lab is an important aspect of a student’s training to be a future chemist. In the laboratory, students learn techniques that will serve them well as they develop their ability to ask good scientific questions and explore possible solutions.
All chemistry majors at the University of Maine conduct independent research with a faculty member and then write a thesis about their project. UMaine is the only university in the state that offers graduate programs in chemistry. The presence of graduate students offers a unique and valuable experience for our undergraduate chemistry majors who work closely with the graduate students and faculty in research labs. Many of our majors have been co-authors on scientific presentations and publications.
The Department of Chemistry offers a number of scholarships to majors in chemistry, which are awarded on the basis of merit and academic standing (senior, junior, etc.). Students who are interested in a chemistry teaching career may apply for the ACS-Hach Scholarship.
The Department is committed to providing its students with instruction in the most modern practice of chemistry through ongoing curriculum development. The Department provides preparation for careers in the chemical industry and high school teaching, for medical, pharmacy and other professional schools, and for graduate work in chemistry. Undergraduate research provides majors with a close working relationship with one or more faculty members and their research groups.
The Department of Chemistry offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Because knowledge of chemistry is fundamental to success in so many fields, the chemistry curriculum offers an unusual opportunity for a wide choice of electives so that the chemistry major may adapt his or her program to individual interests or needs. Such individualized programs include preparation for medical school or other health professions, technical writing, industrial management, or computer applications. More information regarding individual program planning is available from the chair of the Department. The academic programs offered by the Department are described below:
The requirements listed on this page are specific to this particular major. Students are also responsible for meeting any graduation requirements set out by their college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) should make sure to review those requirements as stated on the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences page of the catalog.