College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2013-2014

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Chemistry ACS - Emphasis (ending Summer 2020)
  • Chemistry Advanced - Emphasis
  • Biochemistry ACS - Emphasis (ending Summer 2020)
  • Forensics & Criminalistics - Emphasis
  • Health Preprofessional - Emphasis

Chemistry is a diverse discipline that encompasses living processes, inorganic interactions, and analytical methods. Students trained in chemistry enter careers such as academia, research, pharmacy, forensics, medicine, the environment, space exploration, and international defense. This degree produces graduates who are well versed in chemistry and also allows for different chemistry emphases.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry?

If you're excited by the possibilities in test tubes and eager to find adventure in the laboratory, then discover chemistry. Chemistry deals with the basic laws of the physical world and the composition and properties of matter. Advances in computer technology, pharmaceuticals, space exploration, and medicine all have their roots in the chemical sciences. Demand for well-trained technicians and researchers is rising. Our programs prepare you for careers in industry (about 75% of chemists are employed privately), pure science, or the health care professions. Many students prepare for medical, dental, or veterinary school with a chemistry major. Depending on your career path, you can choose one of several emphases. The Chemistry program also offers opportunities to participate in faculty-led undergraduate research or independent study projects.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Biological or analytical testing laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • State or federal government agencies
  • Agricultural chemical companies

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • Crime lab analyst
  • University professor

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 39-47 units of major requirements
  • At least 21-50 units of Emphasis Requirements or at least 18 units of minor requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a CHM prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 137
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Major Requirements
    • Chemistry - Advanced (21 units)
      • Select additional units from non-duplicating courses in Chemistry and/or Biology (6 units)

  • CHM 485 and CHM 498 are recommended, especially for students planning to attend graduate school.

Minor Requirements
  • For those electing to complete a minor, select at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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