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Chemistry

Degree Requirements

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A total of 180-quarter credits are required to complete the Chemistry degree. The BA and BS degrees provide significant rigor in Chemistry and allow sufficient flexibility to accommodate university requirements and courses in other fields. For both the BS and BA degrees, the following requirements apply:

  • Minimum Course GPA: All major requirements and prerequisite courses must be completed with a 2.0 minimum grade.
  • Cross-Campus Enrollment: After earning 15 credits at UW Bothell, you are eligible to take up to 15 credits per year at another UW campus.
  • Residency: Regardless of the number of Chemistry courses taken at another institution, at least 45 of the last 60 credits must be taken in residence at UW Bothell.

Requirements are subject to change. Students should consult an academic adviser about their academic plan. If you are a Chemistry student who plans to continue on to medicine or another health profession, please visit Pre-Health Advising for additional information.

Incoming freshmen enroll in the year-long Discovery Core sequence, which will satisfy some university Area of Knowledge and general education requirements. Transfer students would normally have all required lower division courses. The First Year and Pre-Major Program provides information on UWB Areas of Knowledge and the Discovery Core.

BS in Chemistry course requirements

BS in Chemistry with Biochemistry course requirements

BA in Chemistry course requirements

 


BS in Chemistry course requirements

Courses Credits
Prerequisites:
  • STMATH 124: Calculus I
  • STMATH 125: Calculus II
  • STMATH 126: Calculus III
  • B CHEM 143 & 144: General Chemistry I & lab
  • B CHEM 153 & 154: General Chemistry II & lab
  • B CHEM 163 & 164: General Chemistry III & lab
  • B CHEM 237: Organic Chemistry I
  • B CHEM 238 & 241: Organic Chemistry II & lab
  • B CHEM 239 & 242: Organic Chemistry III & lab
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Areas of Knowledge and general education requirements:
  • Visual, literary and performing arts (VLPA)—15 credits
  • Individuals & societies (I&S)—15 credits
  • Natural world (NW): This requirement will be met by required courses in the Chemistry major.
  • Composition/writing (C/W)—10 credits total. Composition (5 credits) and additional writing course (5 credits). Scientific, technical or research writing is highly recommended (e.g., B CHEM 225: Scientific Writing).
  • Quantitative & symbolic reasoning (QSR): This requirement will be met by required courses in the Chemistry major.
  • Diversity (DIV)—3 credits
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Physics and Mathematics:
  • B PHYS 121: Mechanics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 122: Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion—5 credits
  • B PHYS 123: Waves—5 credits
  • STMATH 307, 308, 324, or 341: 300‐Level Mathematics—5 credits
20
Chemistry core:
  • B CHEM 312: Inorganic Chemistry I—3 credits
  • B CHEM 313: Inorganic Chemistry II—3 credits
  • B CHEM 315: Quantitative Environmental Analysis—5 credits
  • B CHEM 364: Biochemistry I—5 credits
  • B CHEM 401: Physical Chemistry I—4 credits
  • B CHEM 402: Physical Chemistry II—4 credits
  • B CHEM 403: Physical Chemistry III—4 credits
  • B CHEM 404: Physical Chemistry Lab—4 credits
  • B CHEM 426: Instrumental Analysis—5 credits
  • B CHEM 495: Investigative Chemistry I—3 credits
  • B CHEM 496: Investigative Chemistry II,  B CHEM 498: Independent Study or B CHEM 499: UG Research—3 credits
  • Upper Division Chemistry Electives—10 credits
  • Upper Division STEM Elective—5 credits
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General elective courses (as needed to attain 180 total credits)

 

Course Descriptions for Chemistry
Chemistry BS Course Checklist
Chemistry BS (general & biochemistry) Course Flowchart

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BS in Chemistry with Biochemistry course requirements

Courses Credits
Prerequisites:
  • STMATH 124: Calculus I
  • STMATH 125: Calculus II
  • STMATH 126: Calculus III
  • B CHEM 143 & 144: General Chemistry I & lab
  • B CHEM 153 & 154: General Chemistry II & lab
  • B CHEM 163 & 164: General Chemistry III & lab
  • B CHEM 237: Organic Chemistry I
  • B CHEM 238 & 241: Organic Chemistry II & lab
  • B CHEM 239 & 242: Organic Chemistry III & lab
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Areas of Knowledge and general education requirements:
  • Visual, literary and performing arts (VLPA)—15 credits
  • Individuals & societies (I&S)—15 credits
  • Natural world (NW): This requirement will be met by required courses in the Chemistry major.
  • Composition/writing (C/W)—10 credits total. Composition (5 credits) and additional writing course (5 credits). Scientific, technical or research writing is highly recommended (e.g., B CHEM 225: Scientific Writing).
  • Quantitative & symbolic reasoning (QSR): This requirement will be met by required courses in the Chemistry major.
  • Diversity (DIV)—3 credits
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Physics and Mathematics:
  • B PHYS 121: Mechanics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 122: Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion—5 credits
  • B PHYS 123: Waves—5 credits
  • STMATH 307, 308, 324, or 341: 300‐Level Mathematics—5 credits
20
Biology:
  • B BIO 180: Introductory Biology I—5 credits
  • B BIO 200: Introductory Biology II—5 credits
10
Chemistry core:
  • B CHEM 315: Quantitative Environmental Analysis—5 credits
  • B CHEM 364: Biochemistry I—5 credits
  • B CHEM 365: Biochemistry II—5 credits
  • B CHEM 366: Biochemistry Lab—5 credits
  • B CHEM 375: Molecular Biology —3 credits
  • B CHEM 401: Physical Chemistry I—4 credits
  • B CHEM 402: Physical Chemistry II—4 credits
  • B CHEM 404: Physical Chemistry Lab—4 credits
  • B CHEM 426: Instrumental Analysis—5 credits
  • B CHEM 495: Investigative Chemistry I—3 credits
  • B CHEM 496: Investigative Chemistry II,  B CHEM 498: Independent Study or B CHEM 499: UG Research—3 credits
  • Upper Division Chemistry Elective/s—5 credits
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General elective courses (as needed to attain 180 total credits)

 

Course Descriptions for Chemistry
Chemistry BS with Biochemistry Course Checklist
Chemistry BS (general & biochemistry) Course Flowchart

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BA in Chemistry course requirements

Courses Credits
Prerequisites:
  • STMATH 124: Calculus I
  • STMATH 125: Calculus II
  • STMATH 126: Calculus III
  • B CHEM 143 & 144: General Chemistry I & lab
  • B CHEM 153 & 154: General Chemistry II & lab
  • B CHEM 163 & 164: General Chemistry III & lab
  • B CHEM 237: Organic Chemistry I
  • B CHEM 238 & 241: Organic Chemistry II & lab
  • B CHEM 239 & 242: Organic Chemistry III & lab
51
Areas of Knowledge and general education requirements:
  • Visual, literary and performing arts (VLPA)—15 credits
  • Individuals & societies (I&S)—15 credits
  • Natural world (NW): This requirement will be met by required courses in the Chemistry major.
  • Composition/writing (C/W)—10 credits total. Composition (5 credits) and additional writing course (5 credits). Scientific, technical or research writing is highly recommended (e.g., B CHEM 225: Scientific Writing).
  • Quantitative & symbolic reasoning (QSR): This requirement will be met by required courses in the Chemistry major.
  • Diversity (DIV)—3 credits
43
Physics and Mathematics:
  • B PHYS 121: Mechanics—5 credits
  • B PHYS 122: Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion—5 credits
  • B PHYS 123: Waves—5 credits
  • STMATH 307, 308, 324, or 341: 300‐Level Mathematics—5 credits
20
Chemistry core:
  • B CHEM 312: Inorganic Chemistry I—3 credits
  • B CHEM 315: Quantitative Environmental Analysis—5 credits
  • B CHEM 401: Physical Chemistry I—4 credits
  • B CHEM 402: Physical Chemistry II—4 credits
  • B CHEM 495: Investigative Chemistry I—3 credits
  • B CHEM 497: Apprenticeship in Chemistry Education—4 credits
  • Upper Division Chemistry Electives (must include one additional lab)—10 credits
  • Upper Division STEM Elective—5 credits
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General elective courses (as needed to attain 180 total credits)

 

Course Descriptions for Chemistry
Chemistry BA Course Checklist

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