Chemistry, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed to give students both breadth and depth in chemistry fundamentals. During their course of study, students have an opportunity to develop qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills as well as effective communication skills. The overall objective of the program is to provide scientific background and laboratory experience for students as they prepare for chemically related careers or advanced study in fields that include both the traditional chemical specialties and other endeavors that draw upon an understanding of the chemical basis of the world around us such as biochemistry, materials science, forensic science, medicine, education, or law. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Chemistry Major Requirements

Introduction to College
CHEM 1000Chemistry/Chemical Biology at Northeastern1
Experiential Learning Introduction
EESC 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
General Chemistry
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
5
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
5
Intermediate-Level Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 2315
and CHEM 2316
Organic Chemistry 1 for Chemistry Majors
and Lab for CHEM 2315
6
CHEM 2317
and CHEM 2318
Organic Chemistry 2 for Chemistry Majors
and Lab for CHEM 2317
6
Bioanalytical Chemistry
CHEM 2331
and CHEM 2332
Bioanalytical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 2331
5
Physical Chemistry
CHEM 3431
and CHEM 3432
Physical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 3431
5
Intermediate-Level Chemistry 2
Complete one of the following:5
Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
and Lab for CHEM 3403
Organic Chemistry 3: Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Development
and Lab for CHEM 4456
Advanced-Level Chemistry
Complete one of the following:5
Inorganic Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 3501
Introduction to Bioinorganic Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 3505
Complete the following courses:
CHEM 3521
and CHEM 3522
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
and Instrumental Methods of Analysis Lab
5
CHEM 3531
and CHEM 3532
Chemical Synthesis Characterization
and Chemical Synthesis Characterization Lab
5
CHEM 4628
and CHEM 4629
Introduction to Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds
and Identification of Organic Compounds
6
Biochemistry
CHEM 4621
and CHEM 4622
Introduction to Chemical Biology
and Lab for CHEM 4621
5
Senior Research/Capstone
CHEM 4750Senior Research4

Supporting Courses

Mathematics
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
Physics
PHYS 1151
and PHYS 1152
and PHYS 1153
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
5
PHYS 1155
and PHYS 1156
and PHYS 1157
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
5

Chemistry Major Credit Requirement

Complete 86 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

135 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Please note that these are sample plans of study.  While the requirements are the same for all students, individual schedules may vary.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 12114CHEM 12144Open0Open0
CHEM 12121CHEM 12151  
CHEM 12130CHEM 12160  
MATH 13414MATH 13424  
ENGW 11114PHYS 11513  
CHEM 10001PHYS 11521  
Elective4PHYS 11531  
 Elective4  
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 23154CHEM 23174CHEM 35211Co-op0
CHEM 23162CHEM 23182CHEM 35224 
PHYS 11553CHEM 23314CHEM 35311 
PHYS 11561CHEM 23321CHEM 35324 
PHYS 11571EESC 20001  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 19 20 10 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CHEM 34314OpenCo-op0
 CHEM 34321  
 CHEM 46284  
 CHEM 46292  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 19 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CHEM 35054Open0Co-op0
 CHEM 35061  
 ENGW 33074  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 17 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0CHEM 34034  
 CHEM 34041  
 CHEM 46214  
 CHEM 46221  
 CHEM 47504  
 0 14  
Total Hours: 135

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 12114CHEM 12144Elective4Open
CHEM 12121CHEM 12151Elective4 
CHEM 12130CHEM 12160  
MATH 13414MATH 13424  
CHEM 10001PHYS 11513  
ENGW 11114PHYS 11521  
Elective 4PHYS 11531  
 Elective4  
 18 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 23154CHEM 23174OpenCo-op
CHEM 23162CHEM 23182  
PHYS 11553CHEM 23314  
PHYS 11561CHEM 23321  
PHYS 11571EESC 20001  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 19 20 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCHEM 34314CHEM 35211ENGW 33074
 CHEM 34321CHEM 35224Co-op
 CHEM 44564CHEM 35311 
 CHEM 44571CHEM 35324 
 CHEM 46284  
 CHEM 46292  
 Elective 4  
 0 20 10 4
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opCHEM 35054  
 CHEM 35061  
 CHEM 46214  
 CHEM 46221  
 CHEM 47504  
 Elective4  
 0 18  
Total Hours: 135