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Undergraduate Chemistry Degree Options


Major in Chemistry

Chemistry majors have the opportunity to pursue either the Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The requirements to reach the BA or BS degree have been set forth by the University. The Chemistry requirements for each degree are the same.

There are 9 emphases offered to chemistry majors. Below you can see the course requirements for each emphasis, as well as a sample schedule for chemistry courses. Please make an appointment with the chemistry advisor to come up with an individual plan.


** Flowcharts are guidelinescontact an academic advisor to create a personalized plan for you!!

Professional 2018-2019 Biology 2018 - 2019 business 2018 - 2019
chemical engineering 2018-2019 geology 2018 - 2019 Math 2018 - 2019
Chemical physics 2018 - 2019 material science 2018 - 2019 teaching 2018 - 2019

NEw!! Atmospheric & Environmental 2018-2019



Flowcharts for Past Catalog Years

flowcharts for 2017-2018 Catalog year

Flowcharts for 2016-2017 Catalog Year

Flowcharts for 2015-2016 catalog year

**The Professional and Biological Programs are both certified by the American Chemical Society, but other emphases can be. Please see the chemistry advisor for more information.

Elective Class Options
Some of the emphases have a variety of classes students can choose from. A list for each emphasis can be found below, as well as on a DARS. All students have the option to get approval to take classes not found on DARS, but must get permission from the chemistry advisor first.

 A&E Electives

Biology Electives

Geology electives

MSE Electives

math electives

chemical physics electives



Premedical Students

Each of the programs outlined above are appropriate for pre-medical students. For more information please consult the Premedical Advising Office.

Study Abroad
Study abroad is possible even as a chemistry major. Please contact the chemistry advisor and the Study Abroad Office for more information.

BS/MS Degree in Chemistry

The BS/MS program in the Department of Chemistry is tailored to students interested in a focused and accelerated graduate degree program, combining graduate level coursework with research. The program allows advanced students to complete both their B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years, one year earlier than if the degrees were done separately. This gives students an advantage in the job market by providing them with more training, an advanced degree, more research experience and increased earning potential, or an advantage for entry into professional schools or Ph.D. programs. Students are accepted into the BS/MS program in the spring of their junior year. Click here for program details or contact Jon Rainier or Tascha Knowlton for more information. 

Minor in Chemistry

A chemistry minor requires a minimum of 20 semester hours of chemistry courses numbered 1210 or above, including two 3000-level or above courses (6 semester hours) in chemistry. A minimum of 6 semester hours must be taken in the Chemistry Department at the University of Utah. In the absence of a waiver from the Chemistry advisor, the 3000-level or above classes must be taken at the University of Utah.  The GPA for chemistry courses taken at Utah must be 2.00 or greater, with at least a C- in each of the above-described classes, and at least a C for any transfer course.

  • Please email advisor@chem.utah.eduwith your UMail account if you are interested in declaring a chemistry minor. Include your major and which chemistry classes you have taken and are planning to take. If you have any questions about the minor, email or attend drop-in hours (found here).
Last Updated: 6/3/19