​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Do science and math get you fired up? If someone says “Bunsen,” do respond with “burner?” If you do, and you’re fascinated by the idea of creating and characterizing new compounds or researching new drugs to cure disease, look no further. At CMU, you’ll get your goggles on and nurture your inner chemist with opportunities for hands-on, undergraduate research. Our chemistry programs are certified by the American Chemical Society.​​

Points of Pride

  • CMU is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution. Its faculty and students – including undergrads – work elbow-to-elbow to improve lives through research. Their work has included creating a chemical compound that filters cancer-causing perchlorates from water and a method to capture and process mercury from coal-fired power plants.
  • CMU's student chapter of the American Chemical Society has received an outstanding chapter award for eight consecutive years.

Put Your Degree to Work

As scientific research projects increasingly involve multiple disciplines, chemists will work on teams with other scientists, such as biologists and physicists, computer specialists, and engineers. For example, in pharmaceutical research, chemists may work with biologists to develop new drugs and with engineers to design ways to mass-produce the new drugs.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Chemist$73,060 per year6% (96,200 more jobs)
Chemical engineer$94,350 per year4% (1,500 more jobs)
Chemical technician$42,920 per year9% (6,000 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the chemistry website or contact:

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
​Central Michigan University
​Dow Science Complex 268
​Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
​Phone: (989) 774-3981
​Fax: (989) 774-3883

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Chemistry Major

Total: 40 semester hours Notes: 11 credit hours must be in laboratory courses. (One credit hour each of CHM 131,132,211 and 331, and two credit hours of CHM 161 count as laboratory credit hours). *CHM 521 (3) and CHM 522 (3) may be substituted for CHM 425 (3). Students are urged to consult their major/pre-professional advisor before enrolling for biochemistry courses. Mathematics and Physics: The following courses are required for students desiring American Chemical Society certification: MTH 132, 133, 223 and 233; PHY 145QR, 146, 175, and 176. Students with inadequate high school preparation may find it necessary to complete additional MTH courses. These MTH and PHY courses are also recommended for students who do not desire ACS certification. The MTH and PHY courses must be completed prior to enrolling in Physical Chemistry.
Chemistry Core I
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(8 hours)
Chemistry Core II
(27-29 hours)
Quantitative Analysis
CHM 331
Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 351
Physical Chemistry I
CHM 352
Physical Chemistry II
CHM 357
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 425
Introductory Biochemistry
CHM 491
Undergraduate Research
Option B
(5 hours)
(3-8 hours)
Sufficient 500-level advanced courses to meet the minimum credit hour requirement. Select from the following:
Note: Other courses may be substituted only with permission of a chemistry major advisor.
CHM 511
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CHM 513
Chemistry of Natural Waters
CHM 522
Intermediate Biochemistry
CHM 527
Biochemistry Laboratory
CHM 528
Bioanalytical Techniques Laboratory
CHM 531
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 541
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
CHM 547
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 551
Materials Chemistry: Inorganics and Nanomaterials
CHM 555
Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHM 561
Polymer Chemistry
CHM 562
Industrial Chemistry
CHM 564
Polymer Technology
CHM 566
Introduction to Biomaterials
CHM 567
Polymer Science Laboratory
CHM 568
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
CHM 571
Topics in Chemistry
CHM 583
Seminar in Chemistry

 Grads on Fire

Dan Denomme, ’07, is a solid propulsion chemist for Aeroject Rocketdyne.

Megan McCallum, ’06, is a principal scientist at IRIX Pharmaceuticals.

Jonathan Brege, ’05, is a petroleum technologist for Shell Oil Company.

ShaRhonda Dennis, ’05, is a drug analyst for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Jeffery Raymond, ’04, is a research and development manager at Texas A&M University.

John Sivey, ’03, is a chemistry professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lisa Massaro, ’97, is an environment, health and safety product stewardship manager at Dow Chemical.

Kevin Richard, ’77, is a science and math education consultant and academic excellence teacher for Education Queensland in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Gerald Meininger, ’76, is the director of the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri.

Bill Nagengast, ’72, is the chief operating officer at Continental Inc. in Anderson, Indiana.

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