Degree Programs & Four-Year Plans

Iowa State offers two undergraduate degrees in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA). 

Chemistry Course Listings

Bachelor of Science

The BS degree meets the standards of the American Chemical Society for the preparation of chemists for entry into graduate school in Chemistry or entry directly into careers in Chemistry. Most all of our BS students carry out research with one or more of the research groups during their careers at ISU. Below are listed the required classes for the BS Chemistry degree, not including general education requirements.

Core Chemistry Classes

General Chemistry

Chem 177/L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory

Chem 178/L - General Chemistry II and Laboratory

OR

Chem 201/L - Advanced General Chemistry and Laboratory

 

Organic Chemistry

Chem 331 - Organic Chemistry I for majors

Chem 333L - Organic Chemistry I Lab for majors

Chem 332 - Organic Chemistry II for majors

Chem 334L - Organic Chemistry II Lab for majors

 

Analytical Chemistry

Chem 211/L - Quantitative & Environmental Analysis and Laboratory

Chem 316/L - Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis and Laboratory

 

Inorganic Chemistry

Chem 301 - Inorganic Chemistry

Chem 402 - Inorganic Chemistry (Metals)

Chem 401L - Inorganic Chemistry Lab

 

Physical Chemistry

Chem 324 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Chem 325 - Chemical Thermodynamics

Chem 321L/322L - Physical Chemistry Lab

 

Biochemistry (Recommended)

BBMB 301 - Survey of Biochemistry

 

Other Chemistry Classes

Chem 101A/B - Orientation to the Chemistry Learning Community

Chem 110 - Cutting Edge Chemistry: Research and Career Opportunities

Chem 550 - Safety in the Chemical Laboratory

Chem 299/399/499 - Undergraduate Research

 

Math and Physics

Math 165 - Calculus I

Math 166 - Calculus II

Math 265 - Calculus III

Phys 231/L - Classical Physics I

Phys 232/L - Classical Physics II

 

For a catalog list of required classes for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry see: B.S._Degree_2023-2024

Bachelor of Arts

The BA program requires fewer courses and is designed for programs of study in which Chemistry is pre-eminent, but expertise in other areas is also required. For example, students interested in a career in medicine, veterinary, or high school teaching may opt for the BA in order to take more courses outside the Department of Chemistry. Research opportunities are always open for our BA students as well. Below are listed the required classes for the BA Chemistry degree, not including general education requirements.

Core Chemistry Classes

General Chemistry

Chem 177/L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory

Chem 178/L - General Chemistry II and Laboratory

OR

Chem 201/L - Advanced General Chemistry and Laboratory

 

Organic Chemistry

Chem 331 - Organic Chemistry I for majors

Chem 333L - Organic Chemistry I Lab for majors

Chem 332 - Organic Chemistry II for majors

Chem 334L - Organic Chemistry II Lab for majors

 

Analytical Chemistry

Chem 211/L - Quantitative & Environmental Analysis and Laboratory

Chem 316/L - Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis and Laboratory

 

Inorganic Chemistry

Chem 301 - Inorganic Chemistry

 

Physical Chemistry

Chem 324 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Chem 325 - Chemical Thermodynamics

Chem 321/322L - Physical Chemistry Lab

 

Biochemistry (Recommended)

BBMB 301 - Survey of Biochemistry

 

Other Chemistry Classes

Chem 101A/B - Orientation to the Chemistry Learning Community

Chem 110 - Cutting Edge Chemistry: Research and Career Opportunities

Chem 550 - Safety in the Chemical Laboratory

Chem 299/399/499 - Undergraduate Research

 

Math and Physics

Math 165 - Calculus I

Math 166 - Calculus II

Phys 231/L - Classical Physics I

Phys 232/L - Classical Physics II

 

For a catalog list of required classes for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry see: B.A._Degree_2023-2024

Chemistry Education

For those wanting to teach at the high school level the Chemistry Department partners with the School of Education to offer a BA in Chemistry with Secondary Education. Below are listed the required classes for the BA Chemistry and Secondary Education degrees, not including general education requirements.

Core Chemistry Classes

General Chemistry

Chem 177/L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory

Chem 178/L - General Chemistry II and Laboratory

OR

Chem 201/L - Advanced General Chemistry and Laboratory

 

Organic Chemistry

Chem 331 - Organic Chemistry I for majors

Chem 333L - Organic Chemistry I Lab for majors

Chem 332 - Organic Chemistry II for majors

Chem 334L - Organic Chemistry II Lab for majors

 

Analytical Chemistry

Chem 211/L - Quantitative & Environmental Analysis and Laboratory

Chem 316/L - Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis and Laboratory

 

Inorganic Chemistry

Chem 301 - Inorganic Chemistry

 

Physical Chemistry

Chem 324 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Chem 325 - Chemical Thermodynamics

Chem 321/322L - Physical Chemistry Lab

 

Biochemistry (Recommended)

BBMB 301 - Survey of Biochemistry

 

Other Chemistry Classes

Chem 101A/B - Orientation to the Chemistry Learning Community

Chem 110 - Cutting Edge Chemistry: Research and Career Opportunities

Chem 550 - Safety in the Chemical Laboratory

Chem 299/399/499 - Undergraduate Research

 

Math and Physics

Math 165 - Calculus I

Math 166 - Calculus II

Phys 231/L - Classical Physics I

Phys 232/L - Classical Physics II

 

Education

Educ 204 - Social Foundations of Education in the United States: Secondary

Educ 219 - Orientation to Teacher Education: FCS, History, Math, Science and World Language and Cultures Majors

Psych 230 - Developmental Psychology

Educ 280L - Pre-Student Teaching Experience 1: Secondary Education

Educ 202 - Education Technologies in the 7-12 Classroom

Educ 333 - Educational Psychology

Educ 418 - Secondary Science Methods I

Educ 380B - Pre-Student Teaching Experience II: Physical Science, Chemistry or Physics

Educ 395 - Teaching Disciplinary Literacy

Educ 406 - Social Justice Education and Teaching: Secondary

Educ 419 - Secondary Science Methods II

Educ 480B - Pre-Student Teaching Experience III: Physical Science, Chemistry or Physics

Sp Ed - 401 - Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptionalities in General Education

Educ 417J - Student Teaching: Physical Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics

 

For an example 4-year Plan for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry with Secondary Education see: B.A. Chemistry with Secondary Education

Minor in Chemistry

The Chemistry Department offers a minor in Chemistry that requires 18-23 credits in Chemistry. 

General Chemistry

Chem 177/L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory

OR

Chem 201/L - Advanced General Chemistry and Laboratory

OR

Chem 167/L - General Chemistry for Engineering Students and Laboratory

 

Organic Chemistry

Chem 331/L - Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

OR

Chem 231/L - Elementary Organic Chemistry and Laboratory

 

Analytical Chemistry

Chem 211/L - Quantitative & Environmental Analysis and Laboratory

 

Physical Chemistry

Chem 324 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics

 

One of the Following:

Chem 301 - Inorganic Chemistry

Chem 316/L - Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis and Laboratory

Chem 332L - Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

Chem 325 & 321L or 322L - Chemical Thermodynamics and Physical Chemistry Lab

For a catalog list of required classes for the Minor in Chemistry, see: Minor Degree

Bachelor/ Masters of Science

The Chemistry department is offering a concurrent BS/MS in Chemistry. The concurrent degree program reduces by one to two years the usual pattern of a four-year undergraduate degree and a two to three-year MS program. This program is currently undergoing an update. Please check back for additional information.

Bachelor of Science/ Arts and Masters of Business Administration

The Chemistry department has partnered with the College of Business to offer a concurrent BA/BS in Chemistry with an MBA. This program eliminates one year from the usual 6 year process.