Sample Four-Year Plans

The following four-year plans provide illustrative examples of how courses for our majors, B.S. in chemistry B.S. in biochemistry, and B.A. in chemistry, may be planned out. Your course schedule will be individualized dependent on your interests and actual course offerings.

Italics indicate where requirements differ between the two most common majors: B.S. in chemistry and B.S. in biochemistry. Asterisks (*) indicate major-specific courses. Typical credit hours are indicated in parentheses. Elective courses may be taken with lab (4 credits) or without lab (3 credits). Honors research is 3 credits per semester while regular research is 2 credits.

B.S. Chemistry (sample plan, ACS approved)

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Year 1

(4) *CHE111/113L: General Chem 1 & Lab
(4) *MAT 111: Calculus 1
(3-4) *Advised Elective (e.g. General Bio 1 & Lab)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. WRT 100 Thinking & Writing)
(1) NUB (Niagara University Beginnings)


15-16 total credits

(4) *CHE112/114L: General Chem 2 & Lab
(4) *MAT 112: Calculus 2
(3-4) Free Elective (e.g. General Bio 2 & Lab)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. ENG 100 Intro to Literature)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. PHI 105 Intro to Philosophy)


17-18 total credits

Year 2

(4) *PHY 121/123L: Physics 1 & lab
(4) *CHE 221/223L: Organic Chem 1 & lab
(4) *CHE 227/229L: Analytical Chem & lab
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. REL 101/103 Intro to Rel./Christ.)


15 total credits

(4) *PHY 122/124L: Physics 2 & lab
(4) *CHE 222/224L: Organic Chem 2 & lab
(4) *CHE 242/244L: Inorganic Chem & lab
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. HIS 199 USA in Contemp. World)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. PHI 206 Ethics)


18 total credits

Year 3

(4) *CHE 331/333L: Physical Chem 1 & lab
(4) *CHE 345/347L: Biochemistry 1 & lab
(3-4) *CHE 300-400 level elective (e.g. CHE 310 Spectroscopy, 443/445L Adv. Organic Chem, PHY 323 Modern Physics)
(3) Free Elective


14-15 total credits

(4) *CHE 332/334L: Physical Chem 2 & lab
(3-4) *CHE 300-400 elective (e.g. 325 Med. Chem, 377/379L Environmental Chem., 465 Computational Chem.)
(1) *CHE 467: Career Seminar
(3) Gen Ed (Humanities)
(3) Gen Ed (REL 200-300 level)
(3) Gen Ed (PHI 300 level)


17-18 total credits

Year 4

(2-3) *CHE 449L or 403: Research 1
(3-4) Analytical Skills (e.g. MAT 335 Probability & Statistics)
(2) *CHE 469: Written and Oral Reports
(3) Gen Ed (REL 200-300 level)
(3) Gen Ed (Cultural Diversity)
(3) Free Elective


16-18 total credits

(2-3) *CHE 450L or 404: Research 2
(3-4) *CHE 300-400 level elective
(4) *CHE 338/340L: Instrumental Analysis & lab
(3) Gen Ed (Social Science)
(3) Free Elective


15-17 total credits

B.S. Biochemistry (sample plan)

Elective suggestions are tailored to meet the most common pre-health requirements.

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Year 1

(4) *CHE111/113L: General Chem 1 & Lab
(4) *MAT 111: Calculus 1
(4) *BIO 121/123L: General Bio 1 & Lab
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. WRT 100 Thinking & Writing)
(1) NUB (Niagara University Beginnings)

16 total credits

(4) *CHE112/114L: General Chem 2 & Lab
(4) *MAT 112: Calculus 2
(4) *BIO 122/124L: General Bio 2 & Lab
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. ENG 100 Intro to Literature)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. PHI 105 Intro to Philosophy)

18 total credits

Year 2

(4) *PHY 121/123L: Physics 1 & lab
(4) *CHE 221/223L: Organic Chem 1 & lab
(4) *CHE 227/229L: Analytical Chem & lab
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. REL 101/103 Intro to Rel./Christ.)

15 total credits

(4) *PHY 122/124L: Physics 2 & lab
(4) *CHE 222/224L: Organic Chem 2 & lab
(4) *Biochemistry Elective (e.g. BIO 334 Cell Biology)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. HIS 199 USA in Contemp. World)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. PHI 206 Ethics)

18 total credits

Year 3

(4) *CHE 331/333L: Physical Chem 1 & lab
(4) *CHE 345/347L: Biochemistry 1 & lab
(3-4) *Free Elective (e.g. BIO 231/233L Anatomy & Physiology 1 & Lab)
(3) Gen Ed (Social Science, e.g. PSY 101 Intro to Psychology)

14-15 total credits

(4) *CHE 346/348L: Biochemistry 2 & lab
(3-4) *Free Elective (e.g. BIO 232/234L Anatomy & Physiology 2 & Lab)
(1) *CHE 467: Career Seminar
(3) Free Elective (e.g. SOC 101 Intro to Sociology)
(3-4) *Advised Elective (e.g. CHE 325 Medicinal Chemistry)

17-18 total credits

Year 4

(2-3) *CHE 449L or 403: Research 1
(3-4) Analytical Skills (e.g. MAT 335 Probability & Statistics)
(2) *CHE 469: Written and Oral Reports
(3) Gen Ed (REL 200-300 level)
(3) Gen Ed (Cultural Diversity)
(3) Free Elective

16-18 total credits

(2-3) *CHE 450L or 404: Research 2
(3-4) *Science Elective (e.g. CHE 338/340L
Instrumental Analysis & lab or CHE 242 Inorganic Chem)
(3) Gen Ed (Humanities)
(3) Gen Ed (REL 200-300 level)
(3) Gen Ed (PHI 300 level)

14-16 total credits

B.A. Chemistry (sample plan)

This degree is most flexible, and is commonly chosen by students who wish to double-major.

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Year 1

(4) *CHE111/113L: General Chem 1 & Lab
(4) *MAT 109: Precalculus
(3-4) *Advised Elective (e.g. General Bio 1 & Lab)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. WRT 100 Thinking & Writing)
(1) NUB (Niagara University Beginnings)

15-16 total credits

(4) *CHE112/114L: General Chem 2 & Lab
(4) *MAT 111: Calculus 1
(3-4) Free Elective (e.g. General Bio 2 & Lab)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. ENG 100 Intro to Literature)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. PHI 105 Intro to Philosophy)

17-18 total credits

Year 2

(4) *PHY 121/123L: Physics 1 & lab
(4) *CHE 221/223L: Organic Chem 1 & lab
(4) *CHE 227/229L: Analytical Chem & lab
(4) *MAT 112: Calculus 2

16 total credits

(4) *PHY 122/124L: Physics 2 & lab
(4) *CHE 222/224L: Organic Chem 2 & lab
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. HIS 199 USA in Contemp. World)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. PHI 206 Ethics)
(3) Gen Ed (e.g. REL 101/103 Intro to Rel./Christ.)

17 total credits

Year 3

(3-4) *CHE 300-400 level (e.g. CHE 331/333L: Physical Chem 1 & lab)
(3-4) *CHE 300-400 level (e.g. 345/347L: Biochemistry 1 & lab)
(3) Gen Ed (REL 200-300 level)
(3) Gen Ed (Social Science)
(3) Free Elective

15-17 total credits

(4) *CHE 300-400 level with lab (e.g. CHE 338/340L: Instrumental Analysis & lab)
(3-4) *Advised Elective (e.g. CHE 332 Physical Chem 2 or 346 Biochemistry 2)
(3) *Advised Elective (e.g. 242 Inorganic Chemistry)
(1) *CHE 467: Career Seminar
(3) Gen Ed (PHI 300 level)
(3) Free Elective

17-18 total credits

Year 4

(2-3) *CHE 449L or 403: Research 1
(2) *CHE 469: Written and Oral Reports
(3-4) *Advised Elective(3) Gen Ed (REL 200-300 level)
(3) Gen Ed (Cultural Diversity)
(3) Free Elective

16-18 total credits

(2-3) *CHE 450L or 404: Research 2
(3-4) *Advised Elective (e.g. CHE 325 Medicinal
Chem, 377/379L Environmental Chem & Lab)
(3-4) *Advised Elective
(3) Gen Ed (Humanities)
(3) Free Elective

14-17 total credits