Chemistry (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)
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The chemistry and biochemistry program is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. This chemistry program continues the proud tradition at PSU of rigorous academic preparation of students for a variety of career options.

The program includes innovative activity-based learning in small classroom settings. Faculty teach all our lab classes, not graduate students. Chemistry lab sections range from 10 to approximately 20 students in upper level courses. Integration of chemistry majors within the program provides opportunities for students to work closely with faculty and staff as teaching assistants, tutors, and laboratory preparers.

This exciting program is housed in the Boyd Science Center which includes state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms. A chemistry student center is available for tutoring and student interaction.

Students majoring in the BS in Chemistry select either the General or Environmental Chemistry option. The BS in Chemistry (both options) follows guidelines established by the American Chemical Society. The program includes a required undergraduate research and/or internship experience for both options and prepares students for admission to graduate and professional schools, as well as employment as professional chemists.


Academic Operations Manager
Phone: (603) 535-2325
Office: Exploration & Discovery, Boyd Science Center Rm 122, MSC 48, Plymouth, NH 03264

Program Coordinator of Biochemistry, Chemistry, & Forensic Science
Phone: (603) 535-3243
Office: Exploration & Discovery, Boyd Science Center Rm 102, MSC 48, Plymouth, NH 03264

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Curriculum & Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
CH 2255Techniques in Laboratory3
CH 2335General Chemistry I (QRCO)4
CH 2340General Chemistry II4
CH 3030Biochemistry I4
CH 3370Organic Chemistry I4
CH 3380Organic Chemistry II4
CH 3410Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (WRCO)4
CH 3465Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy4
CH 3500Inorganic Chemistry4
CH 3550Instrumental Analysis (TECO,WRCO)4
PH 2510University Physics I4
PH 2520University Physics II4
MA 2550Calculus I (QRCO)4
CH 4100Senior Seminar3
MA 2560Calculus II (QRCO)4
Choose one 3-4 credit course from the following list3-4
CH 4531
Senior Research
CH 3650
Environmental Chemistry
CH 4600
General Education
EN 1400Composition4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
IS 4220Signature Project (INCO,INCP)4
CTDICreative Thought Direction3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 14-8
DICODiversity Connection3-4
GACOGlobal Awareness Connection3-4
WECOWellness Connection3-4
Total Credits120

Directions should total 16-17 credits because SIDI is waived for BS Chemistry.

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives).

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
CH 2255 Techniques in Laboratory 3
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO) 4
MA 2560 Calculus II (QRCO) 4
CTDICreative Thought Direction 3-4
Year Two
CH 3370 Organic Chemistry I 4
CH 3380 Organic Chemistry II 4
PH 2510 University Physics I 4
PH 2520 University Physics II 4
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SSDI) 1 4-8
Elective 0-2
Year Three
CH 3030 Biochemistry I 4
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
GACOGlobal Awareness Cnnection 3-4
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
Electives 1-4
Years Three and Four
CH 3550 Instrumental Analysis (TECO,WRCO) 4
CH 3410 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (WRCO) 4
CH 3465 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy 4
CH 3500 Inorganic Chemistry 4
Year Four
IS 4220 Signature Project (INCO,INCP) 4
CH 4100 Senior Seminar 3
Choose one of the following: 3-4
CH 4531
or CH 4600
Senior Research
or Internship
Electives 8-24
 Total Credits120

Directions should total 16-17 credits because DI is waived for BS Chemistry.


  • Content Knowledge: Demonstrate mastery of a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the core areas of chemistry.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Design, carry out, and record the results of chemical analyses and experiments using classical techniques, modern instruments, and/or computers, then analyze those results to draw reasonable, accurate conclusions.
  • Chemical Literature Skills: Employ modern library search tools to locate and retrieve scientific information about a chemical technique, or topic relating to chemistry.
  • Laboratory Safety Skills: Observe safe practices in the laboratory, follow proper procedures and regulations for safe use and disposal of chemicals, and respond to emergencies in the laboratory.
  • Communication Skills: Communicate chemical concepts and experimental results through effective written and oral communication.
  • Team Skills: Work collaboratively with members of a team in classroom and/or laboratory activities.

A chemistry degree from Plymouth State prepares students for a wide variety of career options in each profession. Plymouth State University focuses on several concentrations within the program:
Chemistry: Chemistry majors study the nature of all physical things, develop new products and processes, or monitor processes involved in making various products. Chemists typically work for private businesses, government agencies, or educational institutions.
For more information, visit Career Services in the Global Education Office.
Sample Job Titles:
  • Air Quality Engineer
  • Biochemist
  • College Professor
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Instrumentation Specialist
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physicist
  • Research Chemist
  • Risk Manager
  • Technical Writer
See the U.S. Department of Labor Outlook for a complete list.
Useful Skills for Jobs in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Fields:
  • Ability to analyze cause and effects
  • Proficiency in analytical reasoning
  • Strong mathematical background
  • Ability to organize and memorize detailed information
  • Strong organization skills

Explore Program Details

The University’s proximity to the lakes, rivers and mountains of New Hampshire gives students access to a unique natural laboratory.  Small class sizes mean a favorable student to faculty ratio, with  faculty focused on undergraduate education. Resources in the department include dedicated space for undergraduate research and multimedia technology resources.


Teacher using the chemistry lab
  • Oxford Instruments Cryogen-Free Benchtop NMR Analyser-Pulsar
  • Shimadzu MALDI-TOF
  • Dionex HPLC with autosampler and multi-angle light scattering laser
  • Varian Flame AA
  • PerkinElmer FT-IR with ATR
  • Agilent GC-MS
  • Thermal cyclers
  • Polarography
  • Shimadzu UV/VIS
  • Fluorometer
  • 2D electrophoresis
  • Low-pressure chromatography system
  • Digital imaging and analysis software
  • Speed-vac
  • Centrifuge
  • -80 freezer
  • Sonicator

Boyd Science Center
Boyd Science Center

The heart of scientific research and study at PSU is the Boyd Science Center. The University’s proximity to the lakes, rivers and mountains of New Hampshire gives students access to a unique natural laboratory. Resources at Boyd provide students with a place to explore nature’s questions, generated in the great outdoors or under the microscope.

Resources at Boyd

  • Climate-controlled chambers for whole organism research
  • Dedicated spaces for student research
  • PCR, Rt-PCR, Western blotting, Immunohistochemistry
  • Animal behavior lab with advanced video tracking
  • BSL-2 Microbiology lab
  • Six 300-liter marine aquariums
  • Human physiology lab
  • Collection of bird specimens
  • Dedicated tissue culture facility
  • Rooftop greenhouse with computerized temperature controls and separate areas for preparation and growing
  • PSH, an herbarium of 20K preserved and mounted specimens
Chemistry students holding degrees
Students having fun doing chemistry
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