The median salary nationally for employees with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 2009 was $67,500.

Source:"Median Salaries for Chemists with a Bachelor's Degree 2009," American Chemical Society 

Deciphering the World

Chemistry is the study of how substances behave and how their properties are changed. It is the central science that provides the framework for understanding a wide variety of natural phenomena, issues in society and advances in technology. A chemistry degree gives you the background for a career in science or science-related fields, including medicine, dentistry, education, environmental science, forensic science, pharmaceuticals and scientific writing. 

Firm Foundation

At Governors State University, the B.S. in Chemistry program provides a strong foundation in the basic concepts of analytical, organic, physical, biochemistry and inorganic chemistry. Laboratory courses give you hands-on experience with a variety of modern scientific instruments. You will acquire the skill to work in government and industrial laboratories in a variety of positions and have the necessary preparation for graduate studies in chemistry. 

Professional Certification

All qualified graduates will receive certification from the American Chemical Society. Students qualify for certification by completing the program's degree requirements, including at least 6 semester hours of advanced courses and 500 laboratory hours.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended coursework, please see GSU transfer guides.

Degree Requirements

American Chemical Society Certification

The B.S. in Chemistry at Governors State University is approved by the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society approves professional programs designed to meet guidelines that define high quality undergraduate education. Students qualify for certification by completing the degree requirements below, including at least 6 hours of advanced courses and sufficient laboratory course work for a total of 500 laboratory hours. All qualified graduates will receive certification by the American Chemical Society. Certified graduates are eligible for full membership in the American Chemical Society immediately upon graduation. 

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree.

In addition, only grades of C or better will be accepted for transfer for the following courses normally taken at the lower-division level: 8 hours of general chemistry with laboratory, 8 hours of organic chemistry with laboratory, 8 hours of physics with laboratory and 8 hours of calculus. 

I.  General Education Requirement (37-41)

The following courses must be taken at the lower-division level to meet major and general education requirements:

General Chemistry I with Laboratory (4)

Calculus I (4) 

II.  Required Courses (58 Hours)

The following courses must be taken at the lower-division level:

General Chemistry II with Laboratory (4)

Calculus II (4) 

The following courses can be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level:

Organic Chemistry with Laboratory (8)

Physics with Laboratory (8)

CHEM 3233 Analytical Chemistry (3)

CHEM 3234 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1)

MATH 3271 Differential Equations (3) 

The following courses must be taken at the upper-division level:

CHEM 3135 Chemical Safety (1)

CHEM 3145 Chemistry and Ethics (1)

CHEM 3641 Physical Chemistry I: Lecture (3)

CHEM 3642 Physical Chemistry I: Laboratory (1)

CHEM 3643 Physical Chemistry II: Lecture (3)

CHEM 3644 Physical Chemistry II: Laboratory (1)

CHEM 4155 Chemical Literature (1)

CHEM 4443 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)

CHEM 4444 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab (1)

CHEM 4552 Chem. Software and Molecular Model (1)

CHEM 4743 Instrumental Analysis (3)

CHEM 4744 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (1)

CHEM 5331 Biochemistry Lecture I (3)

CHEM 5332 Biochemistry Laboratory (1)

STAT 4219  Statistical Methods (3) 

III.  Advanced Laboratory Selective (2 Hours)

CHEM 4952 Organic Synthesis and Struc. Methods (2)

CHEM 4962 Undergraduate Research Experience (2) 

IV.  Computer Science Selective (3 Hours)

Select one of the following which may be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level:

CPSC 2005 Intro to Computer Technology (3)

CPSC 3120 Computer Programming: Visual Basic (3)

CPSC 3130 Computer Programming: FORTRAN (3) 

V.  Biology Selective (3 Hours)*

Select 3 hours of lower-division or upper-division biology course work. 

VI.  Advanced Selectives (6 Hours)*

Select 6 hours from the following courses:

CHEM 4990 Chemistry Research (1-3)

CHEM 5145 Environmental Chemistry Lecture (3)

CHEM 5146 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (1)

CHEM 5157 Polymer Chemistry (3)

CHEM 5167 Industrial Chemistry (3)

CHEM 5333 Biochemistry: Lecture II (3) 

Other science courses as approved by academic advisor. 

VII.  Electives (7-11 Hours) 

VIII. Total - 120 Hours

* May be used to meet the general education requirements and will increase the number of electives required.

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.