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Did you know that a degree in chemistry provides a strong foundation for a wide variety of exciting careers? Chemists who work for manufacturing companies analyze products as part of the quality control process. Those who toil in the medical field undertake toxicological studies that help doctors make decisions about treatment. Other chemists are heavily involved in the synthesis of new materials. 

Some never step foot in a laboratory, and practice computational chemistry instead – using software models to analyze potential products prior to production. When they work for drug companies, they might winnow a large number of possible molecules and synthetic pathways down to just a few, and predict the properties of a new drug without it ever being manufactured in the laboratory. 

If you are an aspiring chemist who finds these career opportunities fascinating, then a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from LTU might be the program for you. With a solid background in chemistry, you’ll be highly valued in industry – and not just by chemical companies. Chemists who start “at the bench” often move into other areas, such as marketing, sales and management.

While chemistry is one of the preferred majors for admission to medical or dental school, it is also excellent preparation for law school. Patent law, environmental law, and occupational health and safety law all require the background that only a technical degree like chemistry can provide.

Why LTU?

LTU is situated in a productive, vital and economically diverse region that is one of the world’s great centers for entrepreneurship, technological achievement and innovation. Opportunities to solve real problems and network, find mentors, intern and co-op with Fortune 500 and other leading companies are plentiful.

"The ACS Approval Program promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals."

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Your 125-credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 Pathways to Research Careers 1
COM 1103 College Composition (Placement) 3
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 (Placement) 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 (Placement) 4
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 1223 University Chemistry 2 3
CHM 1231 University Chemistry 2 Lab 1
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 14

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 2313 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2311 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM 2343 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM 2352 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 (Placement) 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 2323 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM 2321 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
MCS 3403 or
MCS 2423
Probability and Statistics or
Differential Equations

PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
   TOTAL 14

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 3434 Physical Chemistry 2 4
CHM 3441 Physical Chemistry 2 Lab 1
CHM 3452 Intermed. Inorganic Chemistry* 2
CHM 3403 Biochemistry 3
CHM 3411 Biochemistry Lab  1
CHM 3001 Computational Chemistry 1 1
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 3423 Physical Chemistry 1  3
CHM 3431 Physical Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM 4632* Instrumental Analysis Lab* 2
CHM 4643* Advanced Inorganic Chemistry* 3
PSC 3002 Leadership in Sci. Research (Jr.) 2
  Jr./Sr. General Elective 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 3463* Advanced Synthesis 3
CHM 4001 Computational Chemistry 2 1
CHM XXX3 Chemistry Elective 3
CHM 4912 Senior Project 1 (Sr. Standing) 2
LLT 3/4XX3 Junior/Senior LLT Elective 3
  General Electives (4 of 10 total) 4
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 4522* Advanced Spectroscopy*  2
CHM 4541* Advanced Spectroscopy Lab* 1
CHM 4723* Advanced Organic Chemistry* 3
CHM 4922 Senior Project 2 2
SSC/PSY 3/4XX3 Jr./Sr. Elective 3
  General Electives (6 of 10 total) 6
   TOTAL 17

*These courses are offered every two years. An individual plan of work will be developed in consultation with the student's advisor.

For more information contact the Department of Natural Sciences at 248.204.3600,, or visit room 322 in the Science Building.



Chemists study how chemicals affect each other, and how they interact with the environment. They conduct experiments in laboratories, and analyze results and data. Most chemists use databases, scientific software, graphics, and design and photo imaging tools in their work

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