The science of chemistry is concerned with the structure, composition, and reactions of matter. Chemistry instruction at the University is designed to familiarize  the  student  with  current  views  of  these concepts. The relevance of chemistry is readily apparent, for the universe and the life forms it contains are chemical systems undergoing specific chemical reactions.  To understand the universe and ourselves, it is necessary to understand the laws governing these chemical systems.  A deeper knowledge of chemistry is necessary to solve many of humanity’s problems: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and bettering living conditions in general. Coursework in chemistry at Kentucky State University considers both experimental and theoretical topics and emphasizes their interdependence.

A minimum of 120 semester credit hours is required to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  A minor in chemistry is also offered.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

The  courses  required  for  a  major  in  chemistry  are CHE 101/110, 102/120, 301/310, 302/320, 303, 407, 409,  412,  414,  and either  401  or  402.    BIO  401 (Biology Seminar) may substitute for CHE 402 (Chemistry Seminar).   The support courses required for a major in Chemistry are MAT 131 and 132; one additional mathematics course above MAT 132; one natural science elective (CHE, BIO, AQU, ENV) at the 300/400 level (chosen with advisor); and two physics courses from two options: PHY 211/212 or PHY  207/208.  The   calculus-based   physics is preferred for graduate study in chemistry.  The student must earn a grade of at least ?C? in the required and support courses.  Support courses and electives should be carefully chosen to meet the minimum of 42 semester  credit   hours   of   300/400   level   courses required  for  graduation.