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Why choose Chemistry?

ACS Approved Chemistry ProgramMissouri Western’s program prepares students to enter the dynamic chemical industry or to attend graduate programs in chemistry and related fields. Students get extensive lab experience and unique research opportunities in a challenging program that has been certified by the American Chemical Society since 1977.



Graduates often go on to attain one of our masters degrees in chemistry or industrial life science. Others can be found in Ph.D. programs at the University of Iowa, the University of Kansas, the University of Illinois, Baylor College of Medicine and more.



Missouri Western graduates can be found working in the laboratories of many regional life science employers in the Kansas City and St. Joseph area including Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Midwest Research Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Student working in a chemistry lab

Chemistry (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Major Requirements
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 312Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 313Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
CHE 326Instrumental Analysis4-5
or CHE 426 Instrumental Methods
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
CHE 380Environmental Chemistry & Chemical Management3
CHE 381Physical Chemistry: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics3
CHE 382Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics1
CHE 383Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics3
CHE 384Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Kinetics2
CHE 441Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHE 442Inorganic Synthesis1
CHE 490Research in Chemistry 12
CHE 495Seminar in Chemistry2
Select one of the following:5-6
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation
and Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Integration
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MAT 177Calculus with Analytic Geometry II5
MAT 287Calculus with Analytic Geometry III5
PHY 210University Physics I5
PHY 211University Physics II5
CHE 445Advanced Topics in Chemistry3
or CHE 470 Biochemistry II

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Chemistry Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.