Chemistry B.S.

  1. Vanguard University Chemistry graduates should have demonstrated an understanding of the major concepts, theories, and experimental evidence of and the ability to solve problems in: Analytical Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry;
  2. Demonstrated competence in practical laboratory-based aspects of chemistry, including: basic laboratory skills, selection and use of modern instruments, proper standardization and calibration practices, and computer-based data acquisition;
  3. Developed critical thinking skills and problem-solving approaches using scientific methods to: identify the relevant factors which define problems, develop and evaluate methods, employ appropriate statistical analysis and instrumentation, and draw reasonable conclusions;
  4. Identified the principles in the American Chemical Society Ethics Code, recognized ethical components in complex situations, designed solutions appropriate to professional standards, and practiced science in a safe manner;
  5. Demonstrated comprehension of chemical literature and the ability to communicate professionally about chemistry through writing in an accepted scientific format and orally in a public venue; and
  6. Acquired familiarity with the process of chemical research through the formal participation in an undergraduate research project that involved: project management, methods development, data analysis, and written contribution to the discipline in the form of a presentation or publication.
Core Curriculum Requirements 146
Chemistry Major Requirements75
General Electives0
Total Units121

Chemistry Major Requirements

Lower Division:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab 2
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chem Techniques
MATH-180CCalculus 14
MATH-181CCalculus II4
MATH-281Multivariable Calculus4
Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
and Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Lab
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetsm Lab
Upper Division:
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Techniques I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Technqs II
and Experimental Tech/Biochemistry
CHEM-435Advanced Biochemistry3
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
and Physical Chemistry Technique Lab
CHEM-457Physical Chemistry: Kinetics2
CHEM-458Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics2
CHEM-499CChemistry Capstone Seminar2
Complete 6 or more units of the following:6
Java Programming
Python Programming
Computational Problem Solving
Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Analysis
Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
Complete 6 or more Units in MATH, BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, ENGR, CSCI, DSCI 300/400 Level6
Research Requirement:
Complete 2 or more units using one of the following:2
UG Research Or Internship Program
Undergraduate Research
Chemistry Senior Project
Total Units75

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


See CHEM-120 General Chemistry I course description for prerequisites.

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics. 

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Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
CHEM-120 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM-120L General Chemistry I Lab 1
MATH-180C Calculus 1 4
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
Year 1 Term 2
CHEM-121 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM-121L General Chemistry II Lab 1
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
MATH-181C Calculus II 4
HIST-PLCR1History Core Req (US Hist Or Democracy) 3
Year 2 Term 1
PSCI-223C Mechanics of Solids and Fluids 3
PSCI-223CL Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Lab 1
MATH-281 Multivariable Calculus 4
CHEM-252 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM-252L Analytical Chem Techniques 1
CHEM-304 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM-304L Organic Chemistry Techniques I 1
THEO-101C Foundations of Christian Life 3
Year 2 Term 2
PSCI-225 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PSCI-225L Electricity and Magnetsm Lab 1
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
CHEM-305 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM-305L Organic Chemistry Technqs II 1
CHEM-PLHD343-4 Units from MATH, CSCI, PSCI 3-4
Year 3 Term 1
CHEM-456 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 2
CHEM-440 Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM-440L Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
CHEM-PLHD343-4 Units from MATH, CSCI, PSCI 3-4
Year 3 Term 2
CHEM-457 Physical Chemistry: Kinetics 2
CHEM-458 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics 2
PSYC-103C Introduction to Psychology 3
CHEM-PLHDL2Physical Chemistry Technique Lab 1
CHEM-PLHD34U3-4 Ud Units From Math, Csci, Psci 3-4
CHEM-PLHDRCHUndergraduate Research 2-4
Year 4 Term 1
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
CHEM-430 Biochemistry 3
CHEM-430L Experimental Tech/Biochemistry 1
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
Year 4 Term 2
CHEM-499C Chemistry Capstone Seminar 2
CHEM-435 Advanced Biochemistry 3
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
CHEM-PLHD34U3-4 Ud Units From Math, Csci, Psci 3-4
 Total Units120-126