The B.S. in Chemistry degree offers greater concentration in chemistry than the B.A. degree option and is recommended for those students planning careers in chemical industry or engineering or for those who plan to pursue graduate study. A senior research thesis and seminar is required and designed to introduce students to modern advanced techniques and approaches to chemical research in conjunction with a faculty advisor.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry degree (ACS Track) is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This formal recognition means that the department has the faculty, curriculum and the instrumentation necessary to provide a quality education for undergraduate students. Graduates of this approved program are certified by the American Chemical Society.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Graduates of this approved program are certified by the American Chemical Society.

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    Upon completion of this degree program the student will have acquired:

        - A well-developed understanding of the major areas of chemistry including organic, analytical, physical, inorganic          chemistry, and biochemistry;
        - The ability to formulate significant research questions, design experiments, carry out experimental protocol, and analyze and interpret data
        - An understanding of mathematical formalism as applied to chemistry
        - The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations
        - Proficiency in retrieving information from the literature
        - The ability to use appropriate computer applications and information technology as applied to chemistry
        - Adequate preparation to compete successfully in a science-related career and/or a graduate or professional program
        - An understanding of the impact of chemistry in a global/societal context

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    General

    Core Area A: must include MATH 1113 or MATH 1634* (*1 hr moved to Area F) Core Area D: must include MATH 1634* (*1hr moved to Area F) unless completed in Area A, and PHYS 2211, 2211L, 2212, 2212L is recommended. Core Area F: MATH credit from Area A and D. *General Restrictions: Students are allowed only one D in the courses used to satisfy the major. A maximum of 7 hours of research is allowed in the degree program. Six (6) hours of DSW courses are required.

    Major Required

    For CHEM-3521, CHEM-3522, and CHEM-3523, students are only required to choose two of the three courses.

    **CHEM 4084: A senior research thesis paper and oral presentation are required.

    • CHEM-4913L - Advanced Synthesis Laboratory

      This laboratory course involves non-trivial synthesis of organic and inorganic molecules by a variety of advanced techniques (vacuum line, inert atmosphere, high/low temperature, etc.). Spectroscopic (FT-NMR, IR, UV, etc.) and computational methods are used to investigate characterize, and compare experimental and theoretical properties of the synthesized molecules. Special emphasis will be placed on writing skills.

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    Major Selects

    • CHEM-4985 - Selected Topics in Chemistry: An Integrated Approach

      This course focuses on selected topics in chemistry which may consist of spectroscopy, magnetic resonance or stereo chemistry. The emphasis is on an integrated approach to view examples that transcend sub-disciplines within chemistry, namely inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, and biochemistry.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Application Deadlines

    UWG Admission Deadlines

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    chemistry@westga.edu

    (678) 839-6550

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives

    Upon completion of this degree program the student will have acquired:

    • A well-developed understanding of the major areas of chemistry including organic, analytical, physical, and inorganic chemistry
    • The ability to formulate significant research questions, design experiments, carry out experimental protocol, and analyze and interpret data
    • An understanding of mathematical formalism as applied to chemistry
    • The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations
    • Proficiency in retrieving information from the literature
    • The ability to use appropriate computer applications and information technology as applied to chemistry
    • Adequate preparation to compete successfully in a science-related career and/or a graduate or professional program
    • An understanding of the impact of chemistry in a global/societal context