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The Chemistry Major at Boise State University

(The following reflects requirements as listed in the 2017-2018 catalog)

This advising page is not designed to replace in-person advising, but rather to help you as you plan your schedule of required classes and other necessary credits.  Included below is:

  • A list of emphasis choices within the chemistry degree.
  • A suggested schedule of courses to help you stay on track*.

(*Every effort has been made to ensure that this page is current and error free.  However, the requirements on record in the Boise State Catalog and in the registrar’s office are the official arbiter of graduation requirements.)

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry!

What Does a Chemist Do?
You are interested in chemistry – but what can you do with a degree in this field?  Chemistry is a rewarding, albeit challenging, field of study.  It is learning about the composition, properties and reactions possible with a diversity of substances, many of which are involved in different aspects of everyday life.  A Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry can open doors to further study at graduate schools or professional schools (i.e., medical, dental or pharmacy).  A chemistry degree can also qualify one to work in industry, analytical and forensic laboratories, conduct research, or teach at the high school level.

Boise State University also offers a Master of Science degree in Chemistry; see the Boise State Chemistry Graduate Program page for more details.

Advising Matters!

The department strongly recommends meeting with an advisor each semester.  Advising provides an opportunity:

  • to discuss your career goals and plans.
  • to review classes, prerequisites and schedules, keeping in mind possible curriculum changes that may not be listed in the catalog. Advisors can often provide helpful strategies for getting into closed classes, and can also act as your advocate.
  • to help ensure that required classes are completed in a timely manner, and that you are on schedule for graduation.
  • for your advisor to get to know you, so they can provide a reference if needed later for applications for employment or graduate and professional schools.

If you have not yet been assigned an advisor or have other advising questions, please contact Karen Hammond, Manager, Student Support (and department Advising Coordinator) by email at, in-person in SCNC 154E, or by phone at 208.426.1386.

What We Offer

Emphasis choices within the Chemistry, Bachelor of Science Degree:

All of the chemistry degree emphases above require a full sequence of calculus and one year of calculus-based physics. The chemistry core classes include general, analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. One year of faculty-directed research is also required.  Please see the Boise State Chemistry Undergraduate Research page for more information about research.

Chemistry Minor

  • Many majors outside of Chemistry require enough Chemistry that a Chemistry minor can be obtained with only another class or two.

Chemistry Minor Certification Endorsement

  • Chemistry Minor Certification Endorsement is a way of expanding your teaching credentials to include Chemistry.

Interested in teaching chemistry? Check out the IDoTeach program at Boise State University.

If you would like to become a chemistry major or would like to inquire about becoming a chemistry major, please contact Karen Hammond at or 208.426.1386. She will answer general questions for you and assign you an advisor.  Make an appointment with your advisor two to three weeks before your registration date. Register for classes as your registration time slot becomes available.