Description

Chemistry deals with the analysis, structure, properties, and synthesis of matter ranging in size from single atoms to biologically-active small molecules to DNA and proteins. A degree in chemistry prepares students for many career options: industry (research, analysis, production), teaching, graduate studies, or professional schools. Chemistry is also a valuable second major for students completing degrees in a number of science, math, or engineering disciplines.
 

Laboratory Fee and Deposit. Students who enroll in chemistry laboratory courses pay a special fee to defray the cost of materials and equipment. The special fee is applied to tuition in the amounts given in the Office of the University Registrar's website at registrar.unl.edu.

Breakage Costs. Glassware and equipment that are lost or damaged by the student are charged to the student's N-card for 200-level, 300-level, and 400-level classes.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required in their senior year:

  1. To take a standardized chemistry exam during their final year in the program. It will be administered toward the end of their final semester at a time that all graduating students can attend.
  2. To participate in an exit interview with a designated faculty member.
  3. To submit a copy of the report written for CHEM 398 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry to the departmental office for evaluation.

The vice-chair will inform students of the scheduling and format of assessment activities. Results of participation in these assessment activities will in no way affect a student's GPA or graduation.
 

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), including any of the majors or minors offered through the college, are the same as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln General Admission Requirements. In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

ACADEMIC AND CAREER Advising

Academic and Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall is the undergraduate hub for CAS students in all majors. Centrally located and easily accessed, students encounter friendly, knowledgeable people who are eager to help. Students visit the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall to:

  • Choose or change their major, minor, or degree program.
  • Check in on policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Get a college approval signature from the Dean's representative, Sr. Director of Advising and Student Success.

While the assigned academic advisor should be the student's primary contact, there are daily walk-ins from 12-3 where a general academic advisor can answer a quick question. In addition, the CAS Career Coaches are located here. They help students explore majors and minors, gain experience, and develop a plan for life after graduation. Not sure where to go or who to ask? The Advising Center team can help.

Assigned Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are critical resources dedicated to students' academic, personal, and professional success. Every CAS student is assigned an academic advisor based on their primary major. Since most CAS students have more than just a single major, it is important to get to know the advisor for any minors or additional majors. Academic advisors work closely with the faculty to provide the best overall support and discipline-specific expertise.

Assigned advisors are listed in MyRED and their offices may be located in or near the department of the major for which they advise or in the Academic and Career Advising Center. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

Career Coaching

The College believes that Academics + Experience = Opportunities and encourages students to complement their academic preparation with real-world experience, including internships, research, education abroad, service, and leadership. Arts and sciences students have access to a powerful network of faculty, staff, and advisors dedicated to providing information and support for their goals of meaningful employment or advanced education. Arts and sciences graduates have unlimited career possibilities and carry with them important career competencies—communication, critical thinking, creativity, context, and collaboration. They have the skills and adaptability that employers universally value. Graduates are not only prepared to effectively contribute professionally in the real world, but they have a solid foundation to excel in an increasingly global, technological, and interdisciplinary world.

Students should contact the career coaches in the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather, or their assigned advisor, for more information. The CAS career coaches help students explore career options, identify ways to build experience, and prepare to apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school, including help with resumes, applications, and interviewing.

ACE Requirements

 Students must complete one course for each of the ACE Student Learning Outcomes below. Certified course choices are published in the degree audit, or visit the ACE website for the most current list of certified courses.

ACE Student Learning Outcomes
ACE 1: Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, integrate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.
ACE 2: Demonstrate competence in communication skills.
ACE 3: Use mathematical, computational, statistical, logical, or other formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, justify conclusions, and determine reasonableness.
ACE 4: Use scientific methods and knowledge to pose questions, frame hypotheses, interpret data, and evaluate whether conclusions about the natural and physical world are reasonable.
ACE 5: Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.
ACE 6: Use knowledge, theories, and research perspectives such as statistical methods or observational accounts appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate social systems or human behaviors.
ACE 7: Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.
ACE 8: Use knowledge, theories, and analysis to explain ethical principles and their importance in society.
ACE 9: Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.
ACE 10: Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements – BA and BS

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are common to both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees and are designed to ensure a range of courses. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements, and no course can be used to fulfill both an ACE outcome and a College Distribution Requirement.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement, with the exception of CDR Diversity. Courses used to meet CDR Diversity may also meet CDR Writing, CDR Humanities, or CDR Social Science.
  • Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
  • Courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR: Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, and physics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR: Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR: Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR: Human Diversity in U.S. Communities0-3
Select from a set of approved courses as listed in the degree audit.
CDR: Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13-32

Language Requirement

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR: Language) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Scientific Base - BS Only

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical, and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology (excluding MBIO 101), and physics.

See your Degree Audit or your assigned academic advisor for a complete list, including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences. See your assigned academic advisor to start the approval process.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No University of Nebraska–Lincoln C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by the College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework, including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level, in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of chemistry will be able to:

  1. Explain basic chemical principles.
  2. Perform calculations and data analyses to solve chemical problems.
  3. Apply basic chemical principles to chemical systems.
  4. Design chemical experiments to study chemical compounds and processes.
  5. Employ laboratory techniques and instrumentation to perform chemical experiments.
  6. Apply chemical hygiene and safety best practices.
  7. Utilize computer-based tools to research and critically analyze chemical information.
  8. Communicate integrated scientific knowledge and practice.
  9. Secure entry into graduate programs, professional schools, or professional positions that build upon the degree.

Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science

The bachelor of science (BS) program is recommended for students planning graduate studies or professional careers in chemistry and is also an excellent choice for pre-medicine.

Core Requirements

Career and Academic Planning
CHEM 101Career Opportunities in Chemistry1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
Fundamental Chemistry & Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 113A
CHEM 113L
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 114Fundamental Chemistry II3
CHEM 221Elementary Quantitative Analysis4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 11
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 261Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 262Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 263Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 264Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Biochemistry or Chemical Biology
Select one sequence of the following:5
Biochemistry I: Structure and Metabolism
and Biochemistry Laboratory
Chemical Biology
and Biochemistry Laboratory
Chemical Biology
and Chemical Biology Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Physical Chemistry
CHEM 481Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 482Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 484Physical Chemical Measurements3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 11
Capstone
Select one sequence of the following:5
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Inorganic Chemistry
and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Undergraduate Research
CHEM 398Undergraduate Research in Chemistry2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 2
Total Credit Hours45

Ancillary Requirements

Mathematics
MATH 106Calculus I5
MATH 107Calculus II4
MATH 208Calculus III4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13
Physics
PHYS 211General Physics I4
PHYS 212General Physics II4
(With recommendations of PHYS 221 & PHYS 222)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Total Credit Hours21

Bachelor of Arts

The bachelor of arts (BA) program is designed for students needing undergraduate training in chemistry as preparation for professional careers outside of chemistry and fits easily into pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-health, and pre-law degree programs.

Core Requirements

Career and Academic Planning
CHEM 101Career Opportunities in Chemistry1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
General Chemistry & Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 109A
CHEM 109L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 110A
CHEM 110L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 221Elementary Quantitative Analysis4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 251
CHEM 253
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 252
CHEM 254
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Physical Chemistry
CHEM 471Physical Chemistry4
or CHEM 481 Physical Chemistry I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Capstone
Select two sequences of the following:10
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Biochemistry I: Structure and Metabolism
and Biochemistry Laboratory
Chemical Biology
and Chemical Biology Laboratory
Inorganic Chemistry
and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Total Credit Hours35

Ancillary Requirements

Mathematics
MATH 106Calculus I5
MATH 107Calculus II4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Physics
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I5
PHYS 142Elementary General Physics II5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Total Credit Hours19

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major, including ancillary courses.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major with the exceptions of CHEM 101, CHEM 396 or CHEM 398.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Plan A Minor (23-24 hours)

Completion of a chemistry sequence plus an additional twelve (12) hours of chemistry.
 

Select one sequence from the following:11-12
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
and Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
and Fundamental Chemistry II
and Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Select an additional 12 hours of chemistry 112
Total Credit Hours23-24

Plan B Minor (19-20 hours)

Completion of a chemistry sequence plus an additional eight (8) hours of chemistry.
 

Select one sequence from the following:11-12
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Or
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
and Fundamental Chemistry II
and Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Select an additional 8 hours of chemistry 18
Total Credit Hours19-20

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the minor.

CHEM101
Career Opportunities in Chemistry

Description: Introduction to chemistry careers and faculty research interests in the Department of Chemistry. This course is required for all chemistry majors (B.S. and B.A.) but is open to all students interested in learning about the chemistry program and its relationship to careers.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Pass No Pass

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM105A
Chemistry in Context I

Prerequisites: MATH 101, MATH 103, or Math Placement Exam score for MATH 102, 104, or 106.

Ideally, CHEM 105A and CHEM 105L should be taken together. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: CHEM 105, 105A, 109, 109A, 111, 113 or 113A.

Description: The extraordinary chemistry of ordinary things. The chemical model of solids, liquids, gases, molecules, and salts. How these models are used to explore chemical aspects of biological, social, or economic situation.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 327, HORT 327, TLMT 327; ASCI 240; CHEM 105L; CHEM 106A; NRES 319

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

CHEM105L
Chemistry in Context I Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 105A or parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 105A and CHEM 105L should be taken together. Credit may be earned in only one of CHEM 105 or CHEM 105L.

Description: Accompanying lab to CHEM 105A.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 327, HORT 327, TLMT 327; CHEM 106L; NRES 319

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM106A
Chemistry in Context II

Prerequisites: CHEM 105, or CHEM 105A, or CHEM 109, or CHEM 109A. CHEM 106L recommended parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 106A and CHEM 106L should be taken together. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of CHEM 106, 106A, 110, 110A, or 114.

Description: How organic chemistry and biochemistry complement one another. Chemical aspects of biological, social, or economic situations.

This course is a prerequisite for: ASCI 320; ASCI 321; CHEM 106L

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM106L
Chemistry in Context II Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 105L; CHEM 106A or parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 106A and CHEM 106L should be taken together. Credit may be earned in only one of CHEM 106 or CHEM 106L.

Description: Accompanying lab for CHEM 106A.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM109A
General Chemistry I

Prerequisites: MATH 102, 103, or a Math Placement Exam score for MATH 104 or 106; CHEM 109L recommended parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 109A and CHEM 109L should be taken together. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: CHEM 105, 105A, 109, 109A, 111, 113 or 113A.

Description: Lecture serving as an introduction to chemical reactions, the mole concept, properties of the states of matter, atomic structure, periodic properties, chemical bonding, and molecular structure.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

CHEM109L
General Chemistry I Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 109A or parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 109A and CHEM 109L should be taken together. Credit may be earned in only one of CHEM 109 or CHEM 109L.

Description: Accompanying laboratory for CHEM 109A.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM110A
General Chemistry II

Prerequisites: A grade of C, P, or better in CHEM 109 or 109A; CHEM 110L recommended parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 110A and CHEM 110L should be taken together. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of CHEM 106, 106A, 110, 110A, or 114.

Description: Lecture serving as an introduction to intermolecular forces, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

CHEM110L
General Chemistry II Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 109L; CHEM 110A or parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 110A and CHEM 110L should be taken together. Credit may be earned in only one of CHEM 110 or CHEM 110L.

Description: Accompanying laboratory for CHEM 110A.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM111
Chemistry for Engineering and Technology

Prerequisites: Math Placement Test score for MATH 106.

Credit towards the degree may be earned in only one: CHEM 105, 105A, 109, 109A, 111, 113, 113A or 195. Not open to chemical engineering majors.

Description: A one semester introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry for engineering students.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHEM113A
Fundamental Chemistry I

Prerequisites: MATH 102, 103 or a Math Placement Exam score for MATH 106; CHEM 113L recommended parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 113A and CHEM 113L should be taken together. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: CHEM 105, 105A, 109, 109A, 111, 113 or 113A.

Description: Fundamentals of chemistry for students in physical sciences or chemical engineering. Includes atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, and acid-base reactions. Intended for students who plan to take upper-level courses in chemistry.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

CHEM113L
Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 113A or parallel.

Ideally, CHEM 113A and CHEM 113L should be taken together. Credit may be earned in only one of CHEM 113 or CHEM 113L.

Description: Accompanying lab for CHEM 113A.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 418, GEOL 818, NRES 419, NRES 819, WATS 418

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM114
Fundamental Chemistry II

Prerequisites: A grade of C, P, or better in CHEM 113 or CHEM 113A. CHEM 113L recommended.

CHEM 221 is the associated laboratory course and is recommended parallel. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of CHEM 110, 110A, or 114.

Description: Chemical kinetics, oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry, ionic solution equilibria, thermodynamic concepts, and chemistry of selected elements.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM131
The Science of FoodCrosslisted with FDST 131, NUTR 131

Description: Covers general and food chemistry, nutrition, food microbiology, food safety and quality, standards that are enforced by regulatory agencies, and food processes applied to improve food quality, shelf life and safety.

This course is a prerequisite for: FDST 205

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

CHEM131H
The Science of FoodCrosslisted with FDST 131H, NUTR 131H

Description: Covers general and food chemistry, nutrition, food microbiology, food safety and quality, standards that are enforced by regulatory agencies, and food processes applied to improve food quality, shelf life and safety.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

CHEM191
Special Topics in Chemistry

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

CHEM221
Elementary Quantitative Analysis

Prerequisites: CHEM 110, CHEM 110A and CHEM 110L, or CHEM 114 or parallel.

This is the laboratory course for CHEM 114 as well as a stand-alone course in quantitative analysis. Credit may not be earned in both CHEM 221 and 116.

Description: Methods of statistical data evaluation and rigorous treatment of chemical equilibria, including chemical activity and coupled equilibria, will provide a foundation for understanding classical chemical quantitation techniques. Emphasis on laboratory techniques, including gravimetric and volumetric methods.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 455, AGRO 855, NRES 455, NRES 855, SOIL 455

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHEM251
Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisites: A grade of C, P, or better in CHEM 110, CHEM 110A and CHEM 110L, or CHEM 114.

It is suggested that CHEM 253 be taken parallel with CHEM 251. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of CHEM 251 or 261.

Description: Chemistry of carbon compounds. Applications to the biological sciences, agriculture and pre-professional programs including premedical and pre-dental. Emphasizes basic principles.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM252
Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisites: CHEM 251 and 253.

Description: Chemistry of carbonyl compounds. Aspects of aromatic chemistry, heterocycles, carbohydrates and nitrogen compounds, with some emphasis on the organic compounds found in nature.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHEM 254

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM253
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 251 or parallel.

CHEM 221 recommended. Shares a quiz section with CHEM 251 and normally accompanies it.

Description: Basic techniques of organic chemistry. Structure, identification, physical properties of compounds, molecular modeling, and introduction to the spectroscopic characteristics of organic compounds.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHEM 252; CHEM 254

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM254
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 251, 253; CHEM 252 or parallel.

Shares a quiz section with CHEM 252 and normally accompanies it.

Description: Synthesis of representative organic compounds. Qualitative analysis of organic compounds. Naturally occurring compounds.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM255
Biological Organic Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHEM 110 or 110A and 110L or CHEM 114

This course should not be taken by majors in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.

Description: One-semester organic chemistry course in which biological molecules and biochemical reactions will be used to explain and illustrate the central concepts of organic chemistry.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM257
Biological Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 255 or concurrent

Description: Basic techniques in organic chemistry with a focus on biomolecules. Structure, identification, and physical properties of compounds, accompanied with molecular modeling and introduction to spectroscopy.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM261
Organic Chemistry

Prerequisites: A grade of C, P, or better in CHEM 110, CHEM 110A and CHEM 110L, or CHEM 114.

It is suggested that CHEM 263 be taken parallel with CHEM 261. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of CHEM 251 or 261.

Description: CHEM 261 and 262, together with lab courses 263 and 264, form a continuous basic course covering the important compounds of carbon.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

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CHEM262
Organic Chemistry

Prerequisites: CHEM 261

It is suggested that CHEM 264 be taken parallel with CHEM 262.

Description: Continuation of CHEM 261.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHEM 254; CHEM 264; CHEM 264A

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

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CHEM263
Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 261 or parallel.

It is suggested that CHEM 263 be taken parallel with CHEM 261.

Description: Students following the professional curriculum in chemistry should elect this course.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHEM 252; CHEM 254; CHEM 264; CHEM 264A

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CHEM263A
Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 261 or parallel.

It is suggested that CHEM 263A be taken parallel with CHEM 261.

Description: Students having credit in CHEM 251 and CHEM 253 or its equivalent should elect this course.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHEM 252; CHEM 254; CHEM 264A

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM264
Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 262 or parallel; CHEM 263.

It is suggested that CHEM 264 be taken parallel with CHEM 262.

Description: Continuation of CHEM 263. Lab work in qualitative organic analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CHEM264A
Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHEM 262 or parallel; CHEM 263 or CHEM 263A.

It is suggested that CHEM 264A be taken parallel with CHEM 262.

Description: Continuation of CHEM 263A.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHEM391
Special Topics in Chemistry

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

CHEM396
Independent Study in Chemistry

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent reading or research under direction of a faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

CHEM398
Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Special research project under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. The grade will be awarded following the submission of a written progress and/or final report.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

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CHEM421
Analytical ChemistryCrosslisted with CHEM 821

Prerequisites: CHEM 221 and MATH 106; parallel CHEM 423/823

Description: Chemical and physical properties applied to quantitative chemical analysis. Solution equilibria, stoichiometry, and instrumental theory and techniques.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CHEM423
Analytical Chemistry LaboratoryCrosslisted with CHEM 823

Prerequisites: CHEM 421/821 or parallel.

It is suggested that CHEM 423 be taken parallel with CHEM 421.

Description: Lab designed to accompany CHEM 421/821. Applications of analytical chemical principles to laboratory problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

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CHEM431
Biochemistry I: Structure and MetabolismCrosslisted with BIOC 431, BIOC 831, BIOS 431, BIOS 831, CHEM 831

Prerequisites: LIFE 120 with a grade of C or better; CHEM 252 or CHEM 262 with a grade of C or better.

BIOS 206 or AGRO 215 is recommended.

Description: Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids; nature of enzymes; major metabolic pathways of catabolism; and biochemical energy production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM432
Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Biological InformationCrosslisted with BIOC 432, BIOC 832, BIOS 432, CHEM 832, BIOS 832

Prerequisites: BIOC 431/831 with a grade of C or better; BIOS 206 or AGRO 215 with a grade of C or better.

Continuation of BIOC 431/831.

Description: Major metabolic pathways of anabolism, structural and biochemical aspects of biological information flow and use in biotechnology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM433
Biochemistry LaboratoryCrosslisted with BIOC 433, BIOC 833, BIOS 433, BIOS 833, CHEM 833

Prerequisites: BIOC 431/831 or parallel; or CHEM 435/835.

Description: Introduction to techniques used in biochemical and biotechnology research, including measurement of pH, spectroscopy, analysis of enzymes, chromatography, fractionation of macromolecules, electrophoresis, and centrifugation.

This course is a prerequisite for: BIOC 437, BIOC 837, BIOS 437, BIOS 837; BIOC 898

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CHEM434
Plant BiochemistryCrosslisted with AGRO 434, BIOC 434, BIOS 434, AGRO 834, BIOC 834, BIOS 834, CHEM 834

Prerequisites: BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431/831.

Description: Biochemical metabolism unique to plants. Relationships of topics previously acquired in general biochemistry to biochemical processes unique to plants. Biochemical mechanisms behind physiological processes discussed in plant or crop physiology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM435
Chemical BiologyCrosslisted with CHEM 835

Prerequisites: CHEM 252 or 262, and CHEM 221

Credit toward the undergraduate or graduate degree cannot be earned in both CHEM 435/835 and 431/831 and/or CHEM 432/832 or their equivalents.

Description: Fundamentals of chemical biology with an emphasis on the underlying principles of biomolecular structures, macromolecular-small molecule interactions, including mechanistic aspects of enzymes and cofactors, use of modified enzymes to alter biochemical pathways, and the use of chemical tools for understanding biological processes.

This course is a prerequisite for: BIOC 433, BIOC 833, BIOS 433, BIOS 833, CHEM 433, CHEM 833; CHEM 437, CHEM 837

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM437
Chemical Biology LaboratoryCrosslisted with CHEM 837

Prerequisites: CHEM 435/835 or parallel

Description: Introduction to techniques of chemical biology including the study of biological macromolecules and their interaction with small molecule ligands and effectors. Explore modern methods for macromolecular isolation, characterization, and for kinetic analysis and modeling.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CHEM441
Inorganic ChemistryCrosslisted with CHEM 841

Prerequisites: CHEM 221 with a minimum grade of C; CHEM 252 or 262.

CHEM 443 is recommended to be taken parallel.

Description: CHEM 441/841 and the accompanying lab course, CHEM 443/843, constitute a basic course in inorganic chemistry. Structure, bonding, properties, and reactions of inorganic compounds with emphasis on the relationships and trends that are embodied in the periodic table of the elements.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHEM 845

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CHEM443
Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryCrosslisted with CHEM 843

Prerequisites: CHEM 441 or parallel.

It is suggested that CHEM 443 be taken in parallel with CHEM 441.

Description: Introduction to typical inorganic chemistry laboratory techniques through the preparation and characterization of inorganic compounds.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHEM 845

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CHEM463
Advanced Organic PreparationsCrosslisted with CHEM 863

Prerequisites: CHEM 252 and CHEM 254.

For students who wish additional laboratory work in organic chemistry.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:5
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

CHEM471
Physical ChemistryCrosslisted with CHEM 871

Prerequisites: CHEM 221; MATH 107; and PHYS 142 or 212.

Credit may not be earned in both CHEM 471/871 and CHEM 481/881.

Description: Conceptual and mathematical foundations of classical and statistical thermodynamics. Applications of thermodynamics to phase and chemical equilibria. Thermodynamics of solutions of small molecules and of polymers. Biological applications of thermodynamics. Introduction to chemical and biochemical spectroscopy.

This course is a prerequisite for: BIOC 486, BIOC 886, BIOS 486, BIOS 886, CHEM 486, CHEM 886

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHEM481
Physical Chemistry ICrosslisted with CHEM 881

Prerequisites: CHEM 221 with grade of at least C; MATH 208; PHYS 212.

Credit may not be earned in both CHEM 471/871 and CHEM 481/881.

Description: CHEM 481/881 and 482/882 with accompanying lab 484/884 form a continuous basic course in physical chemistry for students interested in chemistry as a profession. Introduction to quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics; application to problems in atomic and molecular structure and to spectroscopy.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHEM482
Physical Chemistry IICrosslisted with CHEM 882

Prerequisites: CHEM 481/881

This course should parallel CHEM 484/884. Continuation of CHEM 481/881.

Description: Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics and their application to the study of solids, liquids, gases, solutions, phase equilibria, and chemical equilibria. Chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHEM484
Physical Chemical MeasurementsCrosslisted with CHEM 884

Prerequisites: CHEM 481/881; CHEM 482/882 or parallel.

It is suggested that CHEM 484/884 be taken in parallel with CHEM 482/882.

Description: Applications of physical measurements and principles to study chemical systems and processes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM484A
Physical Chemical MeasurementsCrosslisted with CHEM 884A

Prerequisites: CHEM 481/881; CHEM 482/882 or parallel.

It is suggested that CHEM 484A/884A be taken in parallel with CHEM 482/882.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CHEM486
Advanced Topics in Biophysical ChemistryCrosslisted with BIOC 486, BIOC 886, BIOS 486, BIOS 886, CHEM 886

Prerequisites: CHEM 471/871 or CHEM 481/881.

Description: Applications of thermodynamics to biochemical phenomena, optical properties of proteins and polynucleotides, and kinetics of rapid reactions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHEM499
Undergraduate Thesis

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Independent research leading to a thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

CHEM499H
Honors Undergraduate Thesis

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent research leading to a thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


 

Chemistry (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
CHEM 101 Core Course
complete CHEM 101
1hr
C

CHEM 109 Core CourseCritical
4hr
C
CHEM 109A and CHEM 109L are ideally completed in the first term of enrollment. They become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment. They will complete the ACE 4 requirement.

Calculus
complete MATH 106
5hr
C
MATH 106 will fulfill the ACE 3 requirement.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 2
CHEM 110 Core Course
4hr
C
CHEM 110A and CHEM 110L will fulfill the CDR Sci/Math and CDR Lab requirements.

Calculus
complete MATH 107
4hr
C

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 3
CHEM 221 Core Course
complete CHEM 221
4hr
C

Organic Chem I And LabCritical
complete CHEM 251, CHEM 253
4hr
C

Physics
complete PHYS 141
5hr
C

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
15 HR TERM 4
Organic Chem II And LabCritical
complete CHEM 252, CHEM 254
4hr
C
CHEM 252 and CHEM 254 are ideally completed in the fourth term of enrollment. They become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

Physics
complete PHYS 142
5hr
C

CDR: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
14 HR TERM 5
Physical Chemistry
complete either CHEM 471 or CHEM 481
4hr
C

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
4hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement. If planning to take CHEM 431 and CHEM 433 you will need LIFE 120 and LIFE 120L.
14 HR TERM 6
Chemistry Capstone
Complete one of the following sets - CHEM 421 and CHEM 423 or CHEM 431 and CHEM 433 or CHEM 435 and BIOC 437 or CHEM 441 and CHEM 443.

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 7
Chemistry Capstone
Complete one of the following sets - CHEM 421 and CHEM 423 or CHEM 431 and CHEM 433 or CHEM 435 and BIOC 437 or CHEM 441 and CHEM 443.

CDR: Diversity in the US
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course related to Diversity in U.S. Communities. See degree audit for choices. This requirement is permitted to overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Science.

Electives
complete Any Course
7hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

CDR: Humanities
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  2. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.


Chemistry (B.S.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
CHEM 101 Core Course
complete CHEM 101
1hr
C

CHEM 113 Core CourseCritical
4hr
C
CHEM 113A and CHEM 113L are ideally completed in the first term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment. They will fulfill the ACE 4 requirement.

Calculus
complete MATH 106
5hr
C
MATH 106 will fulfill the ACE 3 requirement.

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
14 HR TERM 2
CHEM 114 /221 Core Course
complete CHEM 114, CHEM 221
7hr
C
CHEM 221 will fulfill the CDR Sci/Math and CDR Lab requirements.

Calculus
complete MATH 107
4hr
C

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
17 HR TERM 3
Organic Chemistry I And Lab
complete CHEM 261, CHEM 263
5hr
C

Physics
complete PHYS 211
4hr
C

Calculus
complete MATH 208
4hr
C

CDR: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

Electives
complete Any Course*
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement. PHYS 221 is recommended.
13 HR TERM 4
Organic Chemistry II AndLabCritical
complete CHEM 262, CHEM 264
5hr
C
CHEM 262 and 264 are ideally completed in the fourth term of enrollment. They become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

Physics
complete PHYS 212
4hr
C

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement. PHYS 222 is recommended.
15 HR TERM 5
Physical Chemistry I
complete CHEM 481
4hr
C

Undergrad Research
complete CHEM 399
1hr
C

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
4hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement. LIFE 120 and LIFE 120L are recommended if you are planning to take CHEM 431.
15 HR TERM 6
Biochem/ChemBio Sequence
complete 2 from CHEM 431, CHEM 435, CHEM 433, BIOC 437
5hr
C
Complete either CHEM 431 or 435 and also CHEM 433 or CHEM 437.

Physical Chemistry II
complete CHEM 482
4hr
C

P-Chem Measurements
complete CHEM 484
3hr
C

CDR: Diversity in the US
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course related to Diversity in U.S. Communities. See degree audit for choices. This requirement is permitted to overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Science.
15 HR TERM 7
Chemistry Capstone
complete 2 from CHEM 441, CHEM 443, CHEM 421, CHEM 423
5hr
C
Complete one of the following sets - CHEM 441 and 443 or CHEM 421 and 423. CHEM 441 or 421 will fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

Undergrad Research
complete CHEM 399
1hr
C

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

CDR: Social Science
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

Electives
complete Any Course*
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  2. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
    5. Complete 60 hours of Scientific-Base courses in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Design and implement research experiments
  • Understand and practice proper laboratory safety procedures
  • Read, understand, and critically review scientific information
  • Define problems and identifying causes
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate complex information
  • Compose convincing arguments and present logical information
  • Confidently navigate complex, ambiguous projects and environments
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct in research activities
  • Document and replicate processes and procedures

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Product Associate, LI-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Associate Scientist I, Teva Pharmaceutical - Salt Lake City UT
  • Principle Scientist 1, Novartis - Lincoln NE
  • Pharmacy Intern I, Methodist Women's Hospital - Omaha NE
  • Chemistry Lab Technician, Arkansas State University - Joneboro AR
  • Technical Services, Epic Systems Corporation - Madison WI
  • Chemical Contractor, Zoetis - Lincoln NE
  • Quality Management Chemist, Cargill - Blair NE
  • Chemical Analyst, Purac America - Lincolnshire IL
  • Civilian Scientist, United States Navy - China Lake CA

Internships

  • Intern, Colorado Bureau of Investigation - Denver CO
  • Research and Development Intern, Gelita - Sergeant Bluff IA
  • Distinguished Life Sciences Scholar, Beckman/Distinguished Life Sciences Scholars - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Medical Doctor, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of California-Riverside -
  • Doctor of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry - Memphis TN
  • Master's Degree, Molecular Genetics, Ohio State University - Columbus OH
  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Ohio State University - Colombus OH
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy , Missouri State University - Springfield MO