Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Science matters.

Chemistry is all around us. It’s the study of matter—and it’s central to all other forms of science. Industries of all types rely on chemistry, from farms and pharmaceuticals to forensics and food processing.

A Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry prepares you for immediate career opportunities in education or industry, or provides a solid foundation for graduate or professional school. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1971 and offers ACS-certified degrees in chemistry and biochemistry

The department works with the Department of Teacher Education to offer teacher certification in chemistry, physical science and composite science. 

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Cynthia Powell leads students in Inquiry-based experiments.

Cynthia Powell leads students in Inquiry-based experiments.

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What can you do after graduation?

  • Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Toxicologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Environmental Chemist

Clubs and Activities

Chemistry and biochemistry students have extensive opportunities to participate in research, internships and student activities, including:

  • Research—on campus or off
  • Summer internships
  • ACU Chemistry Club
  • Field trips to labs, power plants and conferences
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Degree Details

Chemistry, BS (CHEM)

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 53 credit hours + Electives: 19 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection

Example Coursework

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Polymer Chemistry

Minor Available:



Chemistry and Biochemistry

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: November 1st

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

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