Chemistry, BS

The Study of Matter and Energy

Chemistry is a part of everything. As a chemistry major, you will be taking chemistry courses that range from organic chemistry to physical chemistry to biochemistry and introduction to pharmaceutical sciences.

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Chemistry, BS Curriculum

This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.

General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

View General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must complete the following courses in their academic program:

  • 8 semester hours of Laboratory Science
  • 3 semester hours of Mathematics MA 113 (or higher)
  • 6 semester hours of Science and/or Mathematics
  • 3 semester hours of additional mathematics above MA 113 or computer applications/programming course

A total of 20 hours is required, and students may not double count credit hours in the above categories.

Major Courses

(at least 38 hours of chemistry with a grade of C or better required)

  • PSC 111 - General Chemistry I
  • PSC 111L - General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • PSC 112 - General Chemistry II
  • PSC 112L - General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • PSC 211 - Organic Chemistry I
  • PSC 211L - Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • PSC 212 - Organic Chemistry II
  • PSC 212L - Organic Chemistry Lab II
  • PSC 312 - Quantitative Analysis
  • PSC 450 - Physical Chemistry I
  • PSC 451 - Physical Chemistry II
  • PSC 461 - Instrumental Analysis
  • PSC 465 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Select one from the following:

  • PSC 466 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • PSC 467 - Biochemistry
  • PSC 490 - Special Topics in Physical Sciences

Additional Requirements:

(grade of C or better required)

  • MA 181 - Calculus I
  • MA 182 - Calculus II

Select one sequence from the following: (8 Semester Hours)

  • PSP 211 - General Physics with lab
  • PSP 212 - General Physics with lab


  • PSP 213 - General Physics (Calculus Based) with lab
  • PSP 214 - General Physics (Calculus Based) with lab

Select one from the following: (3 Semester Hours)

  • SM 125 - Fortran
  • SM 135 - Programming in C++

SM 100 - Science/Mathematics Seminar

(Students are required to pass four semesters of SM 100, except for transfer students entering with 60 or more transfer hours who are required to pass three semesters of SM 100.)

2.0 Major GPA required

2.0 Departmental GPA required

Comprehensive Exit Exam

Exit Questionnaire

Total Hours Required for a BS in Chemistry: 124 Semester Hours