Jun 23, 2021  
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog


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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum number of credits required to complete the major: BS 49; BS (ACS Certified) 58; BA 43

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:  Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the major field that are credited toward 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; or HON 498/499 on a topic in chemistry and advised by an appropriate faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students in Chemistry (BA, BS or BS ACS Certified).  The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Courses satisfying the writing intensive requirement within the major: CHY 393 and CHY 491

Residency Requirement: 15 credits of upper-level Chemistry courses.

Recommended courses: Double Math major should take MAT 259 and 262 in lieu of MAT 258

Contact Information: Alice Bruce, Chair, 154 Aubert Hall, 581-1168, abruce@.maine.edu

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.

For more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, program learning outrcomes, internships, special resources and programs, and career opportunities, see our web site at https://umaine.edu/chemistry/.

Information about the Chemistry major.

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.

B.S. Degree in Chemistry (49 credits)

This degree option is excellent for students considering pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pharmacy, or double majors. The B.S. allows students flexibility in their programs so that they may choose suitable electives to prepare for medical, veterinary, and other health professional schools, or careers work in environmental testing and remediation, or work in the pharmaceutical industry. Students also have the option of taking business, law, computer science, materials science, or other courses to complement their chemistry curriculum. Students must take a minimum of 49 credits of course work in chemistry. The following courses are required for the non-certified B.S. degree:

Additional Requirements:

B.S. with ACS certification (58 credits)

The American Chemical Society certified B.S. degree in chemistry prepares the student forfor graduate study or for a  employment career in the chemical industry or a wide array of fields that require knowledge of chemistry. Students must take a minimum of 58 credits of course work in chemistry. The following courses are required for the ACS certified BS degree:

Additional Requirements:

B.A. Degree in Chemistry (43 credits)

The BA degree in chemistry prepares students for careers in which chemistry and physical science play a significant role. With appropriate electives, students can go on to jobs in a variety of fields including teaching of science in middle school or high school. Students must take a minimum of 43 credits of course work in chemistry. The following courses are required for the BA degree:

Additional Requirements:

Pre-medicine and Pre-pharmacy

The chemistry curriculum is strong preparation for further study in medicine, pharmacy and other health related fields. To meet the requirements of most health professional schools, the following courses are recommended: BIO 100 , BIO 200, SOC 101, PSY 100. Additional courses including BIO 377/BIO 378 , BIO 350, BMB 322/BMB 323 and BMB 400 also provide good preparation for these programs. Students may also complete the pre-medicine or pre-pharmacy concentration.

Pre-medicine Concentration

The following courses are required for the pre-medicine concentration:

Pre-pharmacy Concentration

The following courses are required for the pre-pharmacy concentration:

Science Teaching Certification

There is dramatic need for well-qualified science teachers in both high schools and middle schools. The B.A. or non-certified B.S. in chemistry can be combined with a number of avenues for obtaining state certification as a secondary school science teacher. Students interested in this program should contact the Chemistry Department office for more information.

Cooperative Work Experience

A program is available which allows students to accept opportunities for temporary employment provided by cooperating industries. The student may work during the summer or part of one summer and either the preceding or following semester. Credit will be allowed for this work under course numbers CHY 394 and CHY 594. This is a supervised and paid professional experience.

Five-Year Combined B.S.-MS Program

Selected students may apply for this option, which permits completion of both the B.S. and M.S. degree in five years. Work completed as part of the Honors program may be included. Application should be made by letter to the Department early in the junior year.

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