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Chemistry is one of the fundamental physical sciences dealing with the structure and properties of matter, along with changes that matter undergoes. Chemistry's scope encompasses all substances, living and non-living. Its study and practice include (1) the theoretical and experimental aspects of chemical bonding and structure using computational, spectroscopic, and diffraction techniques; (2) the laboratory synthesis from simple starting materials of desirable compounds in the inorganic, organic and biological classes; and (3) the total analysis of complex mixtures using modern spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. Since we live in a material world, applications of chemical knowledge influence most areas of human endeavor: scientific, economic, political and social. Many of the advances in the areas of new materials, medicines, biotechnology, food production, new energy sources and semiconductor technology associated with the "computer revolution" are based on chemistry and chemical principles. Some understanding of these chemical principles should be part of every educated person's knowledge.

Because of the broad scope of this discipline, the Department of Chemistry offers a variety of courses and programs. These programs meet the needs of students planning professional careers in chemistry and those wishing to major in chemistry for other objectives. In particular, chemistry is a traditional preprofessional major for students interested in medicine and dentistry. Specific courses are offered to serve other major areas and as part of University Studies and A&S core requirements.

Students who have taken an AP examination and have received a score of 4 or 5 may receive credit for CHEM 1020 or 1030.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this Bulletin, the Department of Chemistry requires that a student have taken the following undergraduate courses: one year of general chemistry; one semester/quarter of quantitative analysis; one year of organic chemistry plus laboratory; one year of physical chemistry plus laboratory; one year of physics; and mathematics through multivariable calculus. As appropriate, one or more of these course requirements may be waived at the discretion of the department.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • The Chemical Community
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Advanced General Chemistry I
  • Advanced General Chemistry II
  • Special Topics in the Laboratory
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Career Skills
  • Chemical Literature
  • Solar Energy Conversion
  • Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Applied Mathematics in Physical Chemistry I
  • Applied Mathematics in Physical Chemistry II
  • Physical Chemistry Lab I
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Molecular Modeling - Computational Chemistry
  • Special Problems in Chemistry
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Seminar in Chemistry
  • Special Topics in Advanced Inorganics
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Group Seminar
  • Research in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
  • Modern Electroanalytical Methods
  • Optical Methods of Chemical Analysis
  • Advanced Chemical Instrumentation
  • Separation Methods
  • Research in Analytical Chemistry
  • Special Topics Synthetic
  • Organic Group Seminar
  • Spectroscopic Methods of Structure Determination
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry
  • Research in Organic Chemistry
  • Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Physical Group Seminar
  • Methods of Applied Mathematics in Physical Chemistry I
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Research in Physical Chemistry
  • Research in Biological Chemistry
  • Advanced Problems in Chemistry
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Dissertation Research
  • Internship

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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