Chemistry (BS)

Arts and Sciences
HEGIS Number: 1905

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

The Chemistry Program has three principal objectives:

  1. to prepare Chemistry majors for careers in chemistry or related areas such as medicine, dentistry or the health professions;
  2. to provide students in other disciplines with the required chemistry courses for their programs; and
  3. to provide non-science majors with an opportunity to acquire knowledge of our natural and technological environment as explained through chemical principles.

The Chemistry major provides the student with a sound foundation in the theoretical and experimental principles of chemistry. The course of study includes the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. The major prepares students for advanced study in graduate school, professional programs in medicine and dentistry, and careers in teaching, industry, and government that require a bachelor's degree in Chemistry.


Chemistry BS


Major Discipline Requirements*

Required Courses  
CHEM108 Principles of Chemistry I  3.5 
CHEM109 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory  1.5 
CHEM111 Principles of Chemistry II  3.5 
CHEM112 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory  1.5 
CHEM231 Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM232 Techniques of Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM233 Organic Chemistry II 
CHEM234 Techniques of Organic Chemistry II 
CHEM310 Inorganic Chemistry 
CHEM321 Physical Chemistry I 
CHEM322 Physical Chemistry II 
CHEM341 Instrumental Analysis I 
CHEM342 Instrumental Analysis II 
MATH122 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II 

Choose Track #1 Chemistry or Track #2 Biochemistry


Track #1 Chemistry

CHEM330 Structure and Mechanism in Biochemistry 
CHEM421 Physical-Inorganic Laboratory 
MATH221 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 

Choose two courses from the following. (at least one must be a chemistry laboratory course*)

CHEM339 Heterocyclic Chemistry and Drug Chemistry 
CHEM450 Advanced Topics in Chemistry 
CHEM460 Biochemistry I 
CHEM462 Experiments in Biological Chemistry* 
CHEM490 Independent Study* 
Track #2 Biochemistry  
BIO201 Biological Principles I 
BIO202 Biological Principles II 
BIO301 Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 
CHEM460 Biochemistry I 
CHEM461 Biochemistry II 
CHEM462 Experiments in Biological Chemistry 
Choose 2 courses from the following:(at least one must be a chemistry laboratory course*)  
BIO320 Cell Biology  4.5 
CHEM330 Structure and Mechanism in Biochemistry 
BIO444 Genetics  4.5 
PHS301 Pharmaceutics 
PHS401 Pharmacology 
CHEM421 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Lab* 
CHEM490 Independent Study* 

Students will take Physics 113 and 117 to fulfill the Pathways requirement in Life and Physical Science, and Physics 114 and 118 to the Pathways requirements in Scientific World. Students will also take Math 121 to fulfill the Pathways requirement in Quantitative Reasoning. Track 1 students must take 19 credits of free electives, and Track 2 students must take 6.5 - 8 credits of free electives to complete a 120 credit degree.

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