This program is approved by the American Chemical Society. Upon completion, students who choose either the B.S. in Chemistry with no concentration or the Analytical and Environmental Chemistry concentration are certified to the society. Students planning professional careers in chemistry should choose this degree.

Teacher Licensure

Students who wish to become teachers and plan to seek teacher licensure should consider the following options:

Interested students should attend an information session early in their undergraduate career. For more information, visit the Graduate School of Education's website.

Admissions

University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Policies

Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, including the Mason Core.

CHEM 336 Physical Chemistry Lab I or CHEM 465 Biochemistry Lab will fulfill the writing intensive requirement for students majoring in chemistry.

Banner Code: SC-BS-CHEM

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Students majoring in chemistry must complete the chemistry program requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.30 and present no more than two courses with a grade of 'D' (1.00) in CHEM coursework at graduation.

BS without Concentration

Students who do not select an optional concentration complete the curriculum requirements listed below.

Mathematics Courses

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
Total Credits11

In-Depth Electives 

Select one from the following:3
Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
Aquatic Environmental Chemistry
Atmospheric Chemistry
Chemical Oceanography
General Biochemistry II
The Chemistry of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions
Bioorganic Chemistry
Total Credits3

Additional Chemistry Courses

CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
CHEM 212General Chemistry II (Mason Core)3
CHEM 214General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)1
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2
CHEM 321Quantitative Chemical Analysis4
CHEM 331Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 332Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 336Physical Chemistry Lab I 12
CHEM 337Physical Chemistry Lab II2
CHEM 422Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis3
CHEM 423Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory2
CHEM 441Properties and Bonding of Inorganic Compounds3
CHEM 445Inorganic Preparations and Techniques2
CHEM 463General Biochemistry I4
Select 3 credits of chemistry electives (any lecture, lab, or research course(s)3
Total Credits49
1

Fulfills the writing intensive requirement.

Physics Courses

Mason Core: Natural Science courses:
PHYS 160University Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 161University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)1
PHYS 260University Physics II (Mason Core)3
PHYS 261University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)1
Total Credits8

Concentration in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry (AEC)

Students planning professional careers in an industry involving chemical measurements, careers with a chemistry emphasis in the environmental science, or those seeking graduate study in analytical or environmental chemistry should choose this program.

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
CHEM 212General Chemistry II (Mason Core)3
CHEM 214General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)1
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2
CHEM 321Quantitative Chemical Analysis4
CHEM 331Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 332Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 336Physical Chemistry Lab I 12
CHEM 337Physical Chemistry Lab II2
CHEM 422Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis3
CHEM 423Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory2
CHEM 427Aquatic Environmental Chemistry3
or CHEM 458 Chemical Oceanography
CHEM 438Atmospheric Chemistry3
CHEM 463General Biochemistry I4
CHEM 441Properties and Bonding of Inorganic Compounds3
or CHEM 446 Bioinorganic Chemistry
CHEM 465Biochemistry Lab 12
or CHEM 445 Inorganic Preparations and Techniques
Total Credits52
1

Fulfills the writing intensive requirement.

Physics Courses

Mason Core: Natural Science courses:
PHYS 160University Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 161University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)1
PHYS 260University Physics II (Mason Core)3
PHYS 261University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)1
Total Credits8

Mathematics Courses

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
Total Credits11

Supporting Science Electives 

Select one of the following options:7-8
Option One:
Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)
Introduction to Oceanography
Option Two: (Mason Core: Natural Science courses)
The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (Mason Core)
The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science II (Mason Core)
Option Three:
Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry
Select at least 4 additional credits of the following:
Undergraduate Research
Special Projects in Chemistry
Special Projects in Chemistry
Total Credits7-8

The discipline sequences may be interchanged only with approval by the program coordinator.

Concentration in Biochemistry (BC)

Students planning professional careers in biochemistry, the pharmaceutical industry, medicine, biotechnology, or related fields with a chemistry emphasis should choose this program instead of the Chemistry, BS without a concentration. This concentration provides students with a focus on biochemistry while retaining a strong chemistry foundation. Students are allowed to tailor the concentration to their interests with 9 credits of science electives.

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
CHEM 212General Chemistry II (Mason Core)3
CHEM 214General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)1
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2
CHEM 321Quantitative Chemical Analysis4
CHEM 331Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 336Physical Chemistry Lab I 12
CHEM 446Bioinorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 463General Biochemistry I4
CHEM 464General Biochemistry II3
CHEM 465Biochemistry Lab 12
Total Credits39
1

Fulfills the writing intensive requirement.

Mathematics Courses

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
Total Credits8

Physics Courses

Select one Mason Core: Natural Science option:8
Option One:
College Physics (Mason Core)
College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
College Physics (Mason Core)
College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
Option Two:
University Physics I (Mason Core)
University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)
University Physics II (Mason Core)
University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)
Total Credits8

Biology Courses

BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)4
BIOL 305Biology of Microorganisms3
BIOL 306Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory1
Total Credits8

Approved Science Electives

Select 9 credits of approved science electives chosen from CHEM or BIOL courses numbered 302-499 19
Total Credits9
1

Other science or math courses may be approved as electives, subject to prior approval of the coordinator.

Concentration in Chemistry Education (CHME)

Those interested in teaching high school chemistry should choose this concentration. Degree completion with this concentration will lead to state licensure to teach in Virginia.

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
CHEM 212General Chemistry II (Mason Core)3
CHEM 214General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)1
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 321Quantitative Chemical Analysis4
CHEM 331Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 446Bioinorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 463General Biochemistry I4
CHEM 336Physical Chemistry Lab I 12
or CHEM 465 Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 470Laboratory Instructional Methods for Chemistry3
Select one 3 credit upper-level chemistry elective3
Total Credits38
1

CHEM 336 and CHEM 465 both fulfill the writing intensive requirement.

Mathematics Courses

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
Total Credits11

Physics Courses

Select one Mason Core: Natural Science option:8
Option One:
College Physics (Mason Core)
College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
College Physics (Mason Core)
College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
Option Two:
University Physics I (Mason Core)
University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)
University Physics II (Mason Core)
University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)
Total Credits8

General Science Courses

Mason Core: Natural Science courses:
GEOL 101Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)4
BIOL 103Introductory Biology I (Mason Core)4
or BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)
Total Credits8

Teacher Licensure Requirement

A grade of 'C' or better is required for all licensure coursework.

EDCI 473Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
EDCI 483Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education (Mason Core)6
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits21

Note:

During their second year, students should contact the Graduate School of Education in order to attend an information session and to prepare for taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test.

Mason Core and Elective Credits

In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requires additional credits (specific credit counts by concentration are shown below), which may be applied toward any remaining Mason Core requirements (outlined below), Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, and electives. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that they fulfill all requirements.

  • Without concentration: 49 credits
  • AEC concentration: 41-42 credits
  • BC concentration: 48 credits
  • CHME concentration: 34 credits

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone3
Total Credits40
1

minimum 3 credits

Honors in the Major

Chemistry majors who have completed prerequisites for CHEM 455 Honors Research in Chemistry and CHEM 456 Honors Research in Chemistry and have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.00 in mathematics and science courses are eligible to enter the departmental honors program. To graduate with honors in chemistry, a student is required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in mathematics and science courses and successfully complete the two semesters of CHEM 455 Honors Research in Chemistry and CHEM 456 Honors Research in Chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

In order to apply for Chemistry Honors, please complete the application and submit it to the undergraduate coordinator.

Chemistry, BA or BS/Curriculum and Instruction, Accelerated MEd (Secondary Education Chemistry concentration) 

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's option and obtain a BA or BS in Chemistry (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (concentration in secondary education chemistry) in an accelerated time frame after completion of 149 credits. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

This accelerated option is offered jointly by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Graduate School of Education.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDCI 5733EDCI 6733
EDUC 6723EDRD 6193
 6 6
Total Credits 12

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students are able to apply two of the courses listed above to both the bachelor's and master's degrees. These courses are considered advanced standing for the MEd. A minimum grade of B must be earned to be eligible to count as advanced standing. The other two courses are taken as reserve graduate credit and do not apply to the undergraduate degree. Early in their final undergraduate semester, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to the CEHD Admissions Office and specify which of the four courses are to be designated as advanced standing and reserve graduate credit.

Chemistry, BS/Chemistry, Accelerated MS

Overview

This bachelor's/accelerated master's degree program allows academically strong undergraduates with a commitment to research to obtain both the Chemistry, BS and the Chemistry, MS degrees within an accelerated timeframe. Upon completion of this 144 credit program, students will be exceptionally well prepared for entry into a professional school or a PhD program in chemistry or a related discipline. Students are eligible to enter this program and enroll in graduate courses after successfully completing 90 undergraduate credits, inclusive of prerequisites, toward the Chemistry, BS degree. This flexibility makes it possible for students to complete graduate coursework during their final year. 

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Graduate Admission Policies section of this catalog. Application information for this accelerated master's program can be found here.

Successful applicants will have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00. Additionally, they will have completed 36 credits of CHEM courses with a GPA of at least 3.00.

Accelerated Option Requirements

At the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must submit a bachelor's/accelerated master's transition form (available from the Office of the University Registrar) to the College of Science's Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Students must begin their master's program in the semester immediately following conferral of the bachelor's degree.

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher in graduate coursework and should consult with their faculty advisor to coordinate their academic goals within the chemistry and biochemistry concentrations.

Reserve Graduate Credit

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program. Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.