To the courses of the Core Option, the ACS Option adds

  • at least 4 credits of senior-level research; 6 credits are recommended
  • a biochemistry course [01:694:407 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3) or 11:115:403 General Biochemistry (3)]
  • one advanced course in chemistry.

An “advanced course” is a chemistry or chemistry-related course that is not part of the core, but has a major element of the core curriculum as a pre-requisite, either the second semester of organic chemistry or the second semester of physical chemistry. An advanced course will typically have a 400 number assigned to it in the Undergraduate Catalog.

The ACS Option leads to certification by the American Chemical Society, a credential that is valued by some employers.

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General ACS Option and Typical Schedule
Fall Spring
General Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)1
 01:160:161 OR
General Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:162 OR

General Chemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
01:160:171 Either fall or spring
Calculus I (4.0 cr)
Calculus II (4.0 cr)
Fall Spring

Organic Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:307 OR
 01:160:3152 (by invitation)


Analytical Chemistry (3.0 cr)


General Physics (3.0 cr)


General Physics Lab (1.0 cr)


Multivariable Calculus (4.0 cr)

Organic Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:308 OR


Organic Chemistry Laboratory3  (2.5 cr)


General Physics (3.0 cr)


General Physics Lab (1.0 cr)


Linear Algebra (3.0 cr)
 01:640:250 OR
Elementary Differential Equations (3.0 cr)

Fall Spring

Physical Chemistry Lecture (3.0 cr)
 01:160:3274 OR


Organic Chemistry Laboratory2 (2.5 cr)


Chemical Bonding (1.5 cr)


Instrumental Analysis (3.0 cr)

Physical Chemistry Lecture (3.0 cr)
 01:160:328 OR


Experimental Physical Chemistry (2.5 cr)


Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)

Fall Spring

Seminar (1.0 cr)


Research (≥2 cr)
 01:160:495 Independent Study OR
 01:160:497 Honors Research7


Biochemistry8 (3 cr)
 01:694:407 Molecular Biology and Biochem
 11:115:403 General Biochemistry (3)

Seminar (1.0 cr)


Research (≥2 cr)
 01:160:496 Independent Study OR
 01:160:498 Honors Research

Advanced course(s) with Physical Chemistry or Organic Chemistry pre-req


General ACS Option: Course and Scheduling Notes

Detailed schedules for the third and the fourth years may vary. Some students defer Physical Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory to the senior year; some students defer Chemical Bonding, Inorganic Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis to the senior year; some students take Biochemistry in the junior year.
1 Pre-calculus prerequisite
2 Chem 309 is offered in the spring only; Chem 310 is offered only in the fall only.
3 By invitation only.
4 Chemistry 327 and 341 have Math 251 as a pre-requisite, not as a co-requisite.
  Chemistry 327-328 is acceptable for all Chemistry majors and is required for the Chemical Physics Option.
  Chemistry 341-342 is recommended for students oriented toward the life sciences, and for students taking the Chemical Biology option.
5 Chem 348 is offered in the fall only and has Chem 251 as a pre-requisite. Chem 251 is offered both fall and spring.
6 Chem 361 and 371 may be taken later than indicated above, if desired. Both courses are offered fall and spring. Chem 371 has Chem 361 AND Chem 308 or 316 as pre-requisites.
7 Permission of department. Open only to senior honors students. For a complete description of the requirements for Honors in Chemistry, see Honors.
8 The two biochemistry courses listed are offered only in the fall.