University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Apply chemical concepts to solving theoretical and practical problems.
  • Follow general laboratory practice guidelines and demonstrate proper laboratory safety practices.
  • Read, analyze, interpret, and cite the chemical literature as applied to answering chemical questions.
  • Articulate scientific information, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze and solve scientific problems as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate ethical scientific practice, treatment of data and other people’s work.

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry will be prepared for entry into professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, pharmaceutical, or veterinary), graduate programs, or chemical industries.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.

ALEKS Math Placement
Arts and Humanities Division of CAS 16
Science and Math Division of CAS (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS 6
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)
MATH 110 or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Precalculus Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Mathematics For Liberal Arts
Laboratory Science Experience (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Total Credits12

 Major Requirements

The Chemistry Department bachelor of science degree is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and requires the 43 credit hours in chemistry listed below, specifically the 2 credit hours of CHEM 382, 3 credit hours of CHEM 367 or LS-BIOC 341 and an upper division elective which may be chosen from selected departments1

In order to meet the residency requirement for a major in Chemistry, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be completed in the Department of Chemistry at UMKC, of which 9 out of the 12 hours must be at the 300-level or above. While credit as a result of advanced placement (AP) scores and courses in Biochemistry (LS-BIOC 441, LS-BIOC 365, or LS-BIOC 366) may be used towards meeting major requirements, they do not count towards the residency requirement.

  • All majors must receive a C- or better in all chemistry courses with an overall chemistry GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • A minimum grade of C- is required for all prerequisite courses (including physics and mathematics courses). In exceptional cases, students may receive written consent by submitting a petition to the Chemistry Undergraduate Curriculum Committee which has to be approved to waive this requirement.
  • Each chemistry major must be advised by the Chemistry Undergraduate Advisor every semester.
General Chemistry
CHEM 211
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (Focus B)
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II (Focus B)
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 321
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 341WIAnalytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 442RAnalytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis3
Physical Chemistry
CHEM 431Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 437WIExperimental Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 432Physical Chemistry II3
Chemical Literature
CHEM 410Chemical Literature1
Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 451RInorganic Chemistry3
Advanced Work
One of the following: 13
CHEM 400 or higher
MATH course higher than 250 with 220 as a prerequisite
BIOLOGY 300 or Higher
PHYSICS 300 or Higher
STAT 400 or Higher
MATH 120Precalculus5
MATH 210Calculus I (Focus B)4
MATH 220Calculus II4
MATH 250Calculus III4
Engineering Physics
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II5
ACS Requirements
CHEM 382Inorganic And Organic Synthesis2
CHEM 367Bioorganic Chemistry3
or LS-BIOC 441 Biochemistry
Total Credits73

Math and Science Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires a minimum of 60 hours in math and science coursework. The number of credit hours needed to meet this minimum requirement are listed below.

Additional Math/Science Coursework (Satisfied in program requirements above)

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

General Electives11

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.