Undergraduate Program

Chemistry (B.S.)

UNO’s chemistry program will test your mettle through a rigorous curriculum that follows the guidelines of the American Chemical Society (ACS). All chemistry majors will get hands-on experience in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, or materials chemistry research as early as your freshman year. Chemistry majors will also have the opportunity to get paid to work in our department as a lab assistant or tutor, and exceptional students may be offered positions as undergraduate Teaching Assistants.

Student Learning Outcomes
College of Science
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

  1. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic mastery of the general chemistry core concepts, including the basic chemical concepts of stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, and kinetics.
  2. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic mastery of foundation level chemical concepts in the five traditional subdisciplines of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.
  3. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic mastery of in-depth topics in chemistry that build upon the foundation and incorporate integration of concepts, critical thinking skills, and problem solving skills.
  4. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic competency in functioning as a chemist through a semester long research experience or internship in a professional setting. Competency must be demonstrated through written and oral reporting and be evidenced by satisfactory accomplishment of research or professional laboratory tasks.  Students must synthesize the knowledge and skills introduced across the curriculum.
  5. Students will demonstrate at minimum a basic competency in laboratory skills during a minimum of 400 hours of laboratory performance.
  6. Students will demonstrate ad minimum a basic competency in the following ancillary areas: problem solving skills, chemical literature and information management skills, laboratory safety skills, communications skills, team skills, and ethics.

Degree Requirements

Preparation: Students interested in majoring in chemistry should consider taking additional math classes in high school, especially calculus (if available). Also, prospective students are advised to  take chemistry, biology, physics. Taking other science courses your school offers will also help you prepare.

The degree requirements for chemistry give an overview of courses required to complete the degree program.

Degree Requirements | Courses Offered


In our program, you may select one of five concentrations, all of which can be individualized to your specific academic and career goals:

Biochemistry is the is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms.


ChemicalChemical Physics
This concentration combines the disciplines of physical chemistry and atomic/molecular physics.


Selected courses are recommended for students interested in DNA analysis. An internship in forensics is highly recommended for this concentration.

This concentration requires CHEM 3027, 3411, 3610 and 4410.


MedicinalMedicinal Chemistry
Additional recommended courses for this concentration include CHEM 4511, BIOS 4114, computer science courses leading to bioinformatics (CSCI 4567), and Toxicology (offered as EES 4115).



Minor in Chemistry

An undergraduate minor in chemistry may be obtained by completing 22 credit hours in chemistry with a grade of C or better in each course.