Chemistry

UWB chemistry students

All of life is made of atoms and molecules. UW Bothell chemists explore the atomic and molecular nature of the world in order to understand life and the universe, our impacts on the environment, and how to make the world better. We also make a lot of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Learn more about the admissions process and how to apply.

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Chemistry degree options

UW Bothell offers three degrees in Chemistry—the Bachelor of Science (BS), the Bachelor of Science with Biochemistry (BS), and the Bachelor of Arts (BA)—and a minor in Chemistry.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS) allows students to pursue a rigorous curriculum focused on the atomic and molecular nature of the world around us. The degree includes the traditional areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical) and several modern interdisciplinary areas, including biochemistry, computational chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and electro-analytical chemistry.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Biochemistry (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Biochemistry (BS) allows students to pursue a rigorous curriculum focused on the atomic and molecular nature of the world around us. The degree includes the traditional areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical), with the additional concentration on Biochemistry.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (BA) combines a rigorous curriculum covering the foundations of chemistry with a career track for students who want to become middle or high school teachers.

Minor in Chemistry

The Chemistry minor is an excellent choice for students in other STEM majors, especially Biology, Physics, Engineering, and Environmental Science and those preparing for further study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, and forensics. By pursuing the Chemistry minor, you demonstrate to prospective employers or graduate schools the depth and rigor of your academic preparation and laboratory experience.

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Chris Shaeffer

Academic Advisor
Discovery Hall 352
sciadv@uw.edu
425-352-3746

Current Chemistry students:

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Chemistry major goals

Upon graduating with a Chemistry major, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the scientific method and modern molecular concepts in fundamental chemistry disciplines (organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, and biochemical). (Knowledge base)
  2. Apply a diverse set of methods to qualitatively and quantitatively solve problems in different chemistry disciplines. (Problem solving)
  3. Communicate scientific and chemical information effectively in various forms (oral, written, and mathematical) using appropriate terminology to diverse audiences (scientific and non-scientific). (Communication)
  4. Demonstrate a broad set of practical and applied lab skills, including appropriate chemical hygiene, analyzing data, and applying principles and use of modern lab instrumentation. (Laboratory)
  5. Exercise professional skills of a scientist, including employing collaboration within a diverse community and displaying awareness of scientific ethics, in order to successfully pursue career opportunities in graduate school, industry, government, education, or other fields. (Professional development)

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Chemistry research at UW Bothell

Chemistry faculty at UW Bothell are helping to expand our knowledge of the world. Faculty research focuses on topics such as biochemistry and enzyme kinetics, molecular modeling/drug discovery, electro-analytical chemistry and environmental and atmospheric chemistry. Research is an integral part of the Chemistry program at UW Bothell. Chemistry majors actively participate in research by designing and carrying out experiments, writing scientific papers and presenting at regional and national conferences.

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Career possibilities for Chemistry majors

Studying Chemistry at UW Bothell provides students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to be successful chemists and also to pursue many other related careers. Our Chemistry graduates are fully prepared to enter a wide variety of occupations or to pursue further studies at graduate schools or dental, pharmacy or medical schools. Chemists find satisfying and rewarding work in a wide array of industries and organizations, including:

  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medicinal labs
  • Analytical services
  • Environmental quality labs
  • Industrial labs
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Middle and high schools

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Course resources

Downloadable resources

For a visual representation of the information on this page, download the following PDF resources:

Course descriptions

To see descriptions and prerequisites for each course, visit the Chemistry course descriptions page.

Overlapping coursework

A single course cannot satisfy more than one departmental requirement. For example, B CHEM 315 (Quantitative Environmental Analysis + lab) fulfills a core requirement but does not fulfill any upper-division chemistry elective credit.

Petitioning coursework

Chemistry coursework that is not included in the curriculum lists below is considered on a case-by-case basis. Submit a petition to have a course considered for a requirement.

Autumn 2018 curricular changes

Requirements have changed for any student entering the chemistry program in autumn 2018 or later. Students who entered their program before autumn 2018 are allowed to switch to the new set of requirements by contacting their academic advisor. Otherwise, these students should make the "Before Autumn 2018 "adjustments noted below to follow the old curriculum.

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Degree requirements

All UW Bothell Chemistry majors must complete the following requirements to earn their degree:

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Admission Prerequisites

Applicants for any one of the three Chemistry degree programs must complete all of the following coursework (or equivalent) prior to entry into their program. Visit the Admissions page for more information.

  • STMATH 124: Calculus I (5 credits)
  • STMATH 125: Calculus II (5 credits)
  • STMATH 126: Calculus III (5 credits)
  • B CHEM 143+144: General Chemistry I + Lab (6 credits)
  • B CHEM 153+154: General Chemistry II + Lab (6 credits)
  • B CHEM 163+164: General Chemistry III + Lab (6 credits)
  • B CHEM 237: Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • B CHEM 238+241: Organic Chemistry II + Lab 1 (7 credits)
  • B CHEM 239+242: Organic Chemistry III + Lab 2 (7 credits)

Common Chemistry Curriculum

Chemistry students in all majors must complete all of the following coursework:

Physics and Additional Math

  • B PHYS 121: Mechanics + Lab (5 credits)
  • B PHYS 122: Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion + Lab (5 credits)
  • B PHYS 123: Waves + Lab (5 credits)
  • STMATH 307, 308, 324, or 341: Upper-division Mathematics (5 credits)

Common Chemistry

  • B CHEM 294: Chemistry Seminar (1 credit; before Autumn 2018—not required)
  • B CHEM 315: Quantitative Environmental Analysis + Lab (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)

Degree-Specific Curriculum

In addition to the common curriculum above, students must complete one of the following sets of degree-specific curriculum.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry core

  • B CHEM 312: Inorganic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • B CHEM 497: Apprenticeship in Chemistry Education (5 credits)
  • Upper division Chemistry electives; must include one additional lab (10 credits)
  • Upper division STEM electives (5 credits)
  • Additional coursework as needed to reach 180-credit minimum for graduation

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (general option) core

  • B CHEM 312: Inorganic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • B CHEM 313: Inorganic Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • B CHEM 364: Biochemistry I (5 credits)
  • B CHEM 404: Physical Chemistry Lab (4 credits)
  • B CHEM 426: Instrumental Analysis + Lab (5 credits)
  • Before Autumn 2018—B CHEM 496: Investigative Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • Upper-division Chemistry electives (16 credits; before Autumn 2018—14 credits)
  • Upper-division STEM electives (5 credits)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (biochemistry) core

  • B BIO 180: Introductory Biology I + Lab (5 credits)
  • B BIO 200: Introductory Biology II + Lab (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 (5 credits)
  • B CHEM 404: Physical Chemistry Lab (4 credits)
  • B CHEM 426: Instrumental Analysis + Lab (5 credits)
  • Before Autumn 2018—B CHEM 496: Investigative Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • Upper-division Chemistry electives (7 credits; before Autumn 2018—5 credits)

University-Level Requirements

In addition to the departmental requirements listed above, all University of Washington students must complete the following requirements to earn a bachelor's degree.

General Education Requirements

The following courses are allowed to overlap with your departmental requirements or with your Areas of Knowledge requirements but not with each other. Click the links below for detailed descriptions.

  1. English Composition (C) (5 credits)
  2. Additional Writing (W) (10 credits)
  3. Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) (5 credits). Chemistry students complete this requirement automatically via their departmental requirements.
  4. Diversity (DIV) (3 credits). Almost all DIV courses also fulfill Areas of Knowledge requirements for I&S or sometimes VLPA (see below).

Areas of Knowledge Requirements

The following courses are allowed to overlap with your departmental requirements or with your general education requirements but not with each other. Visit the Areas of Knowledge page for detailed descriptions.

  1. Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA) (15 credits)
  2. Individuals & Societies (I&S) (15 credits)
  3. The Natural World (NW) (15 credits). Chemistry students complete this requirement automatically via their departmental requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

In addition to all requirements outlined above, you must also meet the following baccalaureate level requirements. Visit the graduation requirements page for detailed descriptions.

  1. 180 credit minimum. You must earn a minimum of 180 credits. This includes your transfer coursework and any coursework taken at the University of Washington.
  2. Matriculated credit minimum. You must earn a minimum of 45 credits at the University of Washington.
  3. Senior residency. Of your last 60 credits that count towards any degree requirements, a minimum of 45 must be completed at your home campus (UW Bothell).
  4. Minimum GPA. You must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all of your coursework taken at the University of Washington.

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