2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 09, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry (B.S.)

College of Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Physical Sciences Building (PSB), 255

Chemistry Undergraduate Coordinator: Matthew Rex

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

General Education Program (GEP) (39 Credit Hours)

  • Note: Certain courses must be selected in the GEP for this major, which brings the GEP hours above 36
  • At least one course completed in each Foundation area must be a designated State General Education Core Course.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (24 Credit Hours)

  • Prior to enrolling in Chemistry, you must take the Chemistry Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • See Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses for possible substitutes for the courses listed below.

Core Requirements: Basic Level (4 hrs)

  • All courses specifically identified in the preceding Common Program Prerequisites section of this catalog are also required in the Basic Core, and must be taken.

Basic Core: Required, satisfies the CPP

Core: Additional requirements (4 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (34 Credit Hours)

Restricted Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Select from the following courses: (6 Credit Hours)

Directed Electives (3 Credit Hours)

  • Course will be selected with the aid of a departmental advisor and approved in advance by the department chair. Course will be selected from the physical, biological, mathematical sciences and/or related disciplines and normally will be at the 3000/4000 level. Co-op courses cannot be used in the major.

Capstone Requirements

  • None


  • Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years high school, or one year college language (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.


  • None

Additional Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 30 Chemistry credits from the UCF Chemistry Department.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) or better in each UCF Chemistry course used to satisfy the major.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all UCF Chemistry courses.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all Chemistry courses.
  • For both cumulative GPA calculations, all attempts of courses that could meet requirements are included, with the exception of CHM 4912, CHM 4930 , and CHM 4931 . Additional courses that could meet requirements but are taken beyond the minimum required (e.g., additional restricted electives taken beyond the required 10 hours) and a “C” (2.0) or better is earned, are also included in the major GPA calculations.

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Students are required to take a nationally normed test in chemistry during their last semester. The exam will be given in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students who plan to graduate in the Summer must take the exam in the Spring. The student must achieve a satisfactory score on the exam.
  • Students are required to submit an undergraduate research report for evaluation no later than the date posted by the Department in the semester they intend to graduate. The report must meet or exceed departmental requirements established for the report.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors in the Major

  • Application and admissions through The Burnett Honors College and department. More information about Honors in the Major can be found at https://honors.ucf.edu/research/.

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor before registering.
  • Students must satisfy each course’s prerequisites before enrolling in the class.
  • Contact your college advisor in the College of Sciences Advising Services (COSAS) office (CSB 250) for more information about overall progress toward your degree, GEP and other university requirements, academic probation, special problems as well as general academic advising.

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.
  • Submit your requests for course evaluations at https://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas/ and click on “COS Course Evaluation”.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • Acceptable Substitutes for common program prerequisites if taken prior to transferring to UCF:
  • CHM 2045C : may use CHM X040C plus CHM X041C.
  • Physics & Lab: Although the CPP allows substitution by other physics courses, they will not satisfy the major; thus the specified physics courses will still have to be taken.
  • Physics: Although the CPP allows substitution by Organic Chemistry, both the specified Physics and Organic Chemistry classes are required in the major and will still have to be taken.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $45 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $90 per term

Plan of Study

  • One of numerous possible plans of study. See program description for all requirements.
  • Consult a departmental advisor for alternate, new or more appropriate selections.
  • Use your Pegasus Path planning tool in your myUCF portal to plan your courses through to graduation.
  • Before registering for Chemistry, you must take the Chemistry Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • Before registering for Math, you must take Math Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • Although all classes are listed as being taken during the academic year, you may be required to complete 9 hours of them during the Summer. Consult with an advisor to determine if you are exempt.

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Summer (6 Credits)

Sophomore Year - Fall (15 hrs)

Sophomore Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)

  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)