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Department of Chemistry
Degree Requirements



BS Degree


The BS degree in chemistry offers in-depth coverage of all major areas of chemistry, featuring challenging advanced coursework for our majors.  Students who earn a BS in chemistry are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of employers in technology and science, and are well-prepared to enter graduate school in chemistry or professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school.  Our BS degree is certified by the American Chemical Society, the largest professional scientific organization in the world.

A flowchart illustrating the prerequisite/corequisite structure of the BS Chemistry courses is shown here.

A check list to aid in creating a class schedule for a BS Chemistry degree is found here



BA Degree

The BA degree in chemistry provides excellent grounding in chemistry principles, including specially focused 3000-level coursework.  Students who earn a BA in chemistry have a broad education in chemistry, and are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of scientific companies, and are well-prepared to enter professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school.  With a BA in chemistry and two semesters of laboratory-based biology courses, pre-medical students will have satisfied the course requirements for application to most US medical schools.  This flexible 4-year plan leaves room for exploring other interests and is a popular major to pair with other science majors (see Double Major below).

A flowchart illustrating the prerequisite/corequisite structure of the BA Chemistry courses is shown here.

A check list to aid in creating a class schedule for a BA Chemistry degree is found here.



Double Major (of particular interest to BS Biology majors)


For students working toward a BS degree in biology, it is important to know that with just three more chemistry courses (CHEM 2250 and 2251, 3450 and 3451, and 3850 and 3851), the requirements for the BA in chemistry would be completed.  As stated in the Undergraduate Catalog (under Double Major Requirements), four levels of foreign language is not required when students have a BS/BA double major and the BS degree is their primary major.  With careful planning, the three additional chemistry courses can be completed in a single academic year.  Students need to note that CHEM 2250 and 2251 are prerequisites for CHEM 3450 and 3451, meaning the two classes cannot be taken in the same semester.

For students working toward a BS degree in biochemistry, only CHEM 3450 and 3451 are required for the BS biochemistry/BA chemistry double major. 

If the CHEM 3950, 3951 and 3960, 3961 sequence is included as part of the BS biochemistry degree, three additional courses (CHEM 2770, 5550 and 3451, and 5350 and 5351), along with two one-hour classes (CHEM 2103 and 4103), would complete the requirements for a BS biochemistry / BS chemistry double major.

Examples of Double Majors 

BS BIOLOGY + BA CHEMISTRY (flowchart example)
BS NUTRITION + BA CHEMISTRY (sample checklist)
BS MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (Forensic Science Concentration) + BA CHEMISTRY (sample checklist)



Double Major versus Dual Degree


See the Undergraduate Catalog for the official guidelines.  Simplified definitions are as follows:


Double major:  A minimum of 120 s.h. are required.  All requirements in two majors are fulfilled – the foundations curriculum requirements for one   Four levels of foreign language are not required if the BS major is primary.  One diploma is issued at graduation.


Dual degree: A minimum of 150 s.h. are required.  If a BA degree is one of the two degrees, then the four levels of foreign language are required.  Two diplomas are issued at graduation.



Second Degree

Students who have already graduated with one degree from ECU may earn a second undergraduate degree by following the requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog which state, in part, that a minimum of 30 additional semester hours need to be completed at ECU, as well as all remaining requirements in the major of the second degree.  The academic unit offering the second degree will determine whether foundations curriculum requirements from the first undergraduate degree satisfy foundations curriculum requirements from the second degree.  All other requirements apply, including the four levels of foreign language for all BA degrees.




You are encouraged to meet with your advisor at least two semesters before graduation. At this meeting, a Degree Works audit will be evaluated.
The purpose of the Degree Works evaluation is to provide record of remaining requirements for graduation, verify Catalog, Degree/program, Major, Minor and/or concentrations and eliminate last minute errors. The catalog you are following will be used to determine the requirements for graduation. 

The final responsibility for meeting all academic requirements for the degree rests with the student. 

  1. Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all graduating students include: English: A minimum of 12 hours of Writing Intensive (WI) classes must be completed including ENGL 1100, ENGL 1200, 3 credits in the major and 3 additional WI hours of the student’s choice. Culturally Diverse (CD): At least one 3 credit course designated culturally diverse. Social Sciences: At least 12 hours of Social Sciences from at least 3 areas are required. Natural Sciences: At least 8 semester hours including a science lab. Math: At least 3 semester hours of math. Humanities and Fine Arts: At least 10 semester hours including at least one Humanities course and one Fine Arts course. Health and Exercise Sports Science: at least one course in both subject areas. 
  2. The minimum GPA for the designated major must be maintained in addition, at least a 2.0 overall grade point average on all ECU coursework. 
  3. Check your catalog for the minimum number of semester hours that must be earned with at least one-half required of the hours earned at a senior college (4 year institution). A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned at East Carolina University, and at least one-half of the hours required in the major must be earned at ECU. 
  4. 6000 level courses are graduate courses only and cannot be used as undergraduate electives and cannot be applied to an undergraduate degree. 
  5. Approval to take a course(s) off campus, including East Carolina University extension courses, must be obtained by the academic department and the Academic Services Office, 200 Whichard Building. 
  6. It is the student’s responsibility to see that all transcripts are on file in the Office of the Registrar prior to the end of the semester he/she expects to graduate. 
  7. A student planning to take re-examination or a course by examination should notify the Office of the Registrar immediately. 
Online application for graduation can be completed at the time of the Degree Works evaluation. Please see the academic calendar for graduation application deadlines. This should be done two semesters before completion of the degree. 

Application for graduation must be completed online through Onestop. Please visit for information on how to apply online. 

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