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:

  • Have a functional knowledge of all the basic areas of chemistry including analytical, organic, physical, inorganic and biochemistry.
  • Be able to integrate their knowledge in these areas and use their critical thinking skills in order to become problem solvers.
  • Be proficient in chemistry laboratories, especially with respect to: Following and understanding general laboratory practice guidelines, especially proper laboratory safety. Performing chemical analyses. Performing simple chemical synthesis. Understanding and using modern chemical instrumentation.
  • Be able to articulate clearly scientific information, both in written and oral forms.
  • Be able to use effectively the scientific literature.

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

 See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

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:
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

Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

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)
College 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

ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.


This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.

 Major Requirements

The Chemistry Department bachelor of science degree is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). There are two types of bachelor of science degrees. Both require a minimum of 43 credit hours in chemistry. An ACS-approved B.S. degree requires taking 2 credit hours of CHEM 382, and 3 credit hours of CHEM 367 or LS-BIOC 341 or higher1 in addition to the major requirements listed below.

Students must take at least 12 credit hours of 300-level or above coursework in the major.

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 341Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis4
or CHEM 341WI Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis
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
Inorganic And Organic Synthesis
Bioorganic Chemistry
Basic Biochemistry
Total Credits68

The total credit hours of laboratory time in the required courses and any advanced elective laboratories must be at least 12. No more than 3 hours of CHEM 495 and CHEM 499 may be used in meeting the major course requirements.  CHEM 499 cannot be used to meet both laboratory requirements and the 3 hours of advanced work.

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 Electives16

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

  • 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.
  • In order to meet The College's 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 341, LS-BIOC 365, or LS-BIOC 366) may be used towards meeting major requirements, they do not count towards the residency requirement.

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.