May 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry, B.S.

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Chemistry Major

The Bachelor of Science degree program is rigorous; its certification by the American Chemical Society enhances the stature and usefulness of this degree. Students planning to continue into graduate work are encouraged to take the program.

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs are described below. Detailed curricula are available from the department chair.

Chemistry Major - Bachelor of Science Degree

Students who choose to major in chemistry must meet the following requirements in addition to the special requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree:

49 credit hours of Chemistry courses of which at least 33 hours must be at the advanced (3000 or 4000) level.

At least 12 credit hours must be hands-on laboratory experiences, that include a minimum of 400 contact hours in physical (i.e., not virtual or computer-based) laboratories.




Credit by Examination for Chemistry

Course Course No. Test Program Test Subject Minimum Score Credit Hours
CHEM 1311 AP Chemistry 5 3
CHEM 1111 Lab Departmental Assessment Chemistry See note below 1 1
CHEM 1111 Honors Chemistry Chemistry See note below 2 1


1 The Lab Departmental Assessment involves a review of the student’s Advanced Placement Lab Book.

2 Completion of CHEM 1311H , CHEM 1312H , and CHEM 1112H  (all honors) with a grade of at least C- in each course.

For additional information regarding Credit by Examination, please go to the University of Houston’s University Testing Services (UTS) website.

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