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  • The Chemistry (CHEM) Program prepares students for entry into graduate and/or professional schools and for productive careers in the chemical sciences. Through laboratory and classrooms experiences, it provides students a fundamental understanding of chemical principles while exposing them to current trends in the discipline. Through the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, the student develops the ability to think independently and critically.

    Undergraduate students can earn a four-year Baccalaureate of Science in one of three tracks: non-teaching (ACS certified, pre-medicine/predentistry (ACS certified), or teaching (NCATE certified). 

    Of the 120 semester credit hours required for graduation, 40 credits are core chemistry courses, 7 are chemistry electives, and 42 are general education. Supportive courses in math and computer science, and a semester of undergraduate research is required for all chemistry majors.


    The Chemistry Program has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 2003. ACS approval is nationally recognized as a mark of excellence for undergraduate chemistry programs and allows UMES to certify its undergraduate degrees.