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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Major, B.S. (Biochemistry Concentration)

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Department Information

Department of Chemistry
PO Box 70695
Phone: (423) 439-4367
Web Address:

In the simplest of terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen, or felt is made of chemicals. Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone layer protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions. There are a multitude of careers available to chemists including positions in industry, academics, government, and medical careers.

This is a joint concentration with the Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry (College of Arts and Sciences) and the Department of Biochemistry (Quillen College of Medicine) for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Students may major in either Biology (Biochemistry concentration) or Chemistry (Biochemistry concentration), but cannot double major with the same concentration of Biochemistry. Coursework is required in both departments. The Chemistry Department’s Biochemistry concentration is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and as such it is subject to change upon notice from the ACS. The student should consult frequently with an advisor to ensure completion of the major in a judicious manner.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits will meet with a chemistry faculty advisor, who is assigned to you by your last name:

A-F: Greg Love
(423) 439-4088

G-M: Paula Moody
(423) 439-6912

N-Z: Cassandra Eagle
(423) 439-8630

All honors students should meet with Abbas Shilabin (423) 439-6917

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in Chemistry should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Robert Standaert, Department Chair at or (423) 439-4367.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 71-76 credits
     Major Core    (14 credits)
     Concentration    (57-62 credits)
Free Electives 2-8 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: CHEM-BS (BOCC)  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements.

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Total Requirements for Chemistry Major: 71-76 credits

Biochemistry Concentration Requirements: 59-64 credits

No Minor Required

Free Electives: 2-8 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency Exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

Additional coursework in Chemistry is recommended.

Approved students may enroll in one of the following courses in the Department of Biochemistry (Quillen College of Medicine) during their last semester of coursework:

  • BIOC 5100 - Protein Structure and Function (3 credits)
  • BIOC 5350 - Molecular Immunology (3 credits)
  • BIOC 5600 - Genetics and Molecular Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOC 5700 - Macromolecular Interactions (3 credits)

A research experience is strongly advised for students with good academic records, especially those planning advanced study. The student should consult with an advisor concerning research opportunities. The following courses are recommended:

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