Majors & Minors

Enter a Student, Graduate a Scientist

The UNC Asheville Department of Chemistry offers degrees in Chemistry with concentrations in Chemistry and Biochemistry, both of which are approved by the American Chemical Society. Courses and labs are taught only by UNC Asheville faculty. All chemistry majors have hands-on opportunities to use chemical equipment, instrumentation and theoretical software.

As a chemistry major, you will:

  • understand the interdisciplinary nature of science
  • solve research problems from the atomic level to the earth’s environment
  • analyze and interpret data to expand chemical understanding
  • analyze molecular structures and reactions experimentally and computationally
  • understand the use, function and design of chemical instrumentation

Degrees & Concentrations

The student may pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society and fully prepares students for graduate studies in chemistry or professional careers in the chemical industry. ACS approved degrees are often highly valued by employers of chemists and by graduate schools. The Bachelor of Arts degree allows the student more flexibility in course selections and is advantageous for some pre-professional programs. Students seeking teacher certification must complete, at a minimum, the B.A. requirements, listed under Teacher Certification in Chemistry, but may elect to complete the required courses listed under the Bachelor of Science degree.

A minor in chemistry can be earned by a student who takes at least 23 credit hours of CHEM courses

Curriculum Design & Course Requirements

The Chemistry curriculum is designed using the guidelines of the American Chemical Society's Committee for Professional Training. The department is assessed for compliance with these regulations on a five-year cycle and is currently approved by the American Chemical Society.

Courses cover the five foundation areas of chemistry:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

Please consult UNC Asheville's current course catalog for all course requirements.

Declaration of Major in Chemistry

Declaring a major in chemistry requires the student to complete a Declaration of Major form that must be signed by the department chair. Before declaring a major, all students must satisfy the following requirements.

  • LANG 120
  • MATH 191
  • CHEM 145 (with a grade of C or better)
  • CHEM 231 (with a grade of C or better)
  • CHEM 232 (completed, or currently enrolled)