Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Physics

Dr. Stephen Fox


Chemistry and physics are fundamental sciences that touch every aspect of our lives and the world around us. Chemistry is the study of matter: its chemical and physical properties, the chemical and physical changes it undergoes, and the energy changes that accompany those processes. Chemistry often is referred to as the central science; it rests upon the foundation of mathematics and physics and in turn is the essential basis for the life sciences such as biology and medicine. Chemistry is largely an experimental science, and has applications in such diverse areas of research as the development of new drugs, the search for solutions to problems of environmental pollution, and the derivation of alternative energy sources. Much cutting-edge research in biology and medicine is being carried out at the level of atoms and molecules, the particles of matter upon which the study of chemistry is based.

Physics, too, is the study of matter and energy, viewed from a different perspective. To understand living systems and the universe in which we live requires an understanding of the chemical and physical principles that operate within them.

In addition to offering majors in chemistry, chemistry/secondary education, biochemistry and laboratory science, and a minor in chemistry, the department fills a significant role for students in other programs through its introductory courses in chemistry and physics. The department also administers the pre-pharmacy program. Because of the fundamental roles of chemistry and physics in the biological, environmental, and health sciences, students in these programs benefit from the conceptual, quantitative, problem-solving, and communication skills stressed in the introductory courses, which form the foundation for later courses in the students' majors.

Major Description

The bachelor of science degree in chemistry stresses the important fundamental aspects of the discipline, including analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Classroom work in each of these essential areas is complemented with laboratory exercises designed to illustrate important chemical principles and provide students with hands-on experience in the important classical and instrumental techniques of chemistry. While the chemistry core courses provide both depth and breadth in the basic areas of chemistry, students also have the opportunity to study selected areas of modern chemistry more intensively in advanced elective courses and in undergraduate research. The department's courses stress the integration of theory and experiment, the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the cultivation of oral and written communication skills. The department's faculty members are highly committed to undergraduate education in general and undergraduate research in particular. One of the strengths of the department's programs is the opportunity it provides for students to become involved in undergraduate research in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

The curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. Students will be well prepared for entry into a variety of laboratory positions or for entry into graduate programs in many areas of science. Chemistry graduates typically are very well prepared for entry into professional programs such as medical, dental, or veterinary schools. The department is well equipped with modern laboratory instrumentation, available to students in laboratory courses and research projects.


Preferred conditions for entry into the chemistry major are completion of at least three years of high school mathematics and three years of high school science, including biology, chemistry and physics. See Undergraduate Admissions also.

Transfer Credit
Program Academic and Technical Standards

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all required science and mathematics courses used toward graduation in chemistry/secondary education, and a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average in the sciences is a requirement for graduation.

Curricular Requirements

CAS Core Requirements 42-43
Program Required Courses  
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111 - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 210 - Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry II 5
CHE 280/280L - Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 307 - Quantitative Analysis 5
CHE 350 - Biochemistry I: Proteins 5
CHE 370 - Physical Chemistry I 4
CHE 371 - Physical Chemistry II 3
CHE 375 - Advanced Laboratory 2
CHE 401 Seminar 1
CHE 407 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis 5
MAT 190 - Calculus I (included in core requirements)  
MAT 195 - Calculus II 4
MAT 200 - Calculus III 4
PHY 210 - University Physics I 4
PHY 211 - University Physics II 4
CHE 320 - Mechanistic Organic Chemistry 3
CHE 380 - Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 405 - Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHE 410 - Research I 1 - 4
CHE 420 - Spectroscopic Methods of Structural Analysis 3
 Minimum Program Credits 65
Open elective credits (as needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits  120

Secondary Education Certification

The bachelor of science degree in chemistry program is modified for students who wish to become middle or high school teachers (grades 7-12) in the area of physical sciences. While providing a solid foundation in the important areas of chemistry, this curriculum includes extensive coursework in education, which, when combined with the secondary teaching internship, will meet standards for State of Maine teacher certification upon completion of the degree program. This program is approved by the State of Maine Board of Education. The program provides a sufficiently strong chemistry base that graduates will be well-prepared for entry-level laboratory positions and also for entry into programs of advanced study.

CAS Core Requirements 42-43
Program Required Courses  
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111 - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 210 - Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry II 5
CHE 280/280L - Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 307 - Quantitative Analysis 5
CHE 310 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry* 4
CHE 327 - Applied Physical Chemistry** 3
MAT 190 - Calculus I (included in university core requirements)  
PHY 110 - General Physics I*** 4
PHY 111 - General Physics II**** 4

*(CHE 350 + CHE 351) may be substituted for CHE 310
** (CHE 370 + CHE 371) may be substituted for CHE 327
*** PHY 210 may be substituted for PHY 110
**** PHY 211 may be substituted for PHY 111

 Flexible Required Program Courses
Select a minimum of two courses below, at east one of which must be a CHE course. Consult with your academic advisor for approval of advanced CHE courses not listed below.
CHE 309 - Introduction to Instrumental Analysis 4
CHE 351 - Biochemistry II: Bioenergetics and Metabolism 3
CHE 371 - Physical Chemistry II 3
CHE 405 - Medicinal Chemistry, or 3
CHE 420 - Spectroscopic Methods of Structural Analysis 3
ENV 230 - Environmental Geology 4
BIO 360 - Oceanography 4
Sub Total of Flexible Program Required Courses  6-8
Minimum Program Credits  50-52
Education Required Courses   
EDU 105 - Culture of Schools 3
EDU 133 - American Education 3
EDU 202 - Curriculum Theory and Design 3
EDU 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom 3
EDU 330 - Educational Psychology and Classroom Management 3
EDU 346 - Technology in the Secondary Classroom
(Part of internship semester)
EDU 430 - Educational Assessment and Evaluation 3
EDU 437 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Science 3
EDU 486- Secondary or Art Education Practicum 3-4
EDU 492 - Secondary Internship or Seminar 15
Minimum Required Education Credits 40 - 41
Open electives credits (as needed to reach 126 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits  126


Learning Outcomes
  • Students will be able to describe and apply advanced chemical information and concepts.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in safe laboratory practices and use of instrumentation standard to the discipline.
  • Students will be able to clearly communicate chemical information in both oral and written forms.
  • Students will be able to work collaboratively in various team settings.
  • Students will be able to compete successfully for placement in graduate programs or employment relevant to the field of study.

The Department of Chemistry & Physics offers qualified students the option of graduating with Honors in the Research Track. The department does not offer the Scholastic option. See the Honors Homepage for details.

Chemistry & Physics Honors Research Requirements
Complete requirements for major
Maintain GPA of 3.50 or higher overall and GPA or higher in major
HONR 180 Introduction to Research Across the Disciplines
HONR 480 Senior Honors Research Seminar
Honors elective (1) offered by the Chemistry & Physics department
Honors elective (1) offered by any department
Honors Thesis Proposal
Honors Thesis and public defense
Presentation at CAS Research Symposium

A student with a major in another department may minor in Chemistry with the permission of the Chemistry and Physics Department Chair.  Twenty-three hours of course work is required for the Minor in Chemistry as specified below. This minor indicates a significant level of accomplishment in the important foundation areas of Chemistry.

Minor Required Courses 23
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111 - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 210 - Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry II 5
CHE 307 - Quantitative Analysis 5`

The chemistry course grade point average must be maintained at 2.00 (C) or better. Please note that there are no substitutions for the above requirements.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

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This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2013-2014 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication August 12, 2013.

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