Program Goals

  1. Maintain ACS accreditation.
  2. The Department of Chemistry seeks to:
    1. increase the number of research opportunities for faculty and students;
    2. increase the number of students and the retention rate of the chemistry majors.
  3. Prepare chemistry majors for graduate school, professional school, and industry.
  4. Monitor the progress of the chemistry alumni after graduation.
    1. Use feedback from graduate/professional school advisors to improve the departmental curriculum.

Upon successful completion of the Chemistry degree, the chemistry major will have the following skills and practices:

  1. The student will be proficient in the five areas of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical). The student will have identified a potential area of career interest.
  2. The student will be proficient in data collection and analysis.
  3. The student will be proficient in reading and interpreting scientific literature.
  4. The student will be proficient in scientific writings based on the accepted ACS guidelines.
  5. The student will be proficient in giving scientific presentations.
  6. The student will have knowledge of common laboratory techniques and safety practices in the laboratory.


At the completion of the Chemistry program,

  • The student will be able to interpret and explain concepts of chemistry covered in class.
  • The student will be able to solve complex problems utilizing critical thinking skills.
  • The student will demonstrate proficiency in the collection and analysis of data in the laboratory.
  • The student will be proficient in reading and critically understanding scientific papers and will be able to write lab reports and scientific papers according to guidelines of the American Chemical Society.
  • The student will be able to design and formulate experiments to test or challenge hypotheses presented in the laboratory.
  • The student will be proficient in the implementation of standard laboratory techniques and will be aware of, and practice all safety procedures while working in the lab


For the B.S. degree in Chemistry from Lincoln University, a student must complete the University core (as stated), the Chemistry major requirements, the math sequence through Calculus II, and the Cooperative Internship/Study Abroad requirements. Each student must have a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. For Accreditation by the American Chemical Society (ACS), students must take all of the B.S. requirements, the minor in mathematics sequence, plus Physical Chemistry III (CHE-302) and Advanced Inorganic (CHE-403).

University Core specific requirement
PHY 105 General Physics I  -   4 credits
PHY 106 General Physics II  -  4 credits

Major Courses
CHE 103 General Chemistry I  -  4 credits
CHE 104 General Chemistry II  -  4 credits
CHE 201 Quantitative Analysis  -  4 credits
CHE 203 Organic Chemistry I  -  4 credits
CHE 204 Organic Chemistry II  -  4 credits
CHE 205 Inorganic Chemistry  -  4 credits
CHE 300 Physical Chemistry I  -  4 credits
CHE 301 Physical Chemistry II  -  4 credits
CHE 303 Biochemistry I  -  4 credits
CHE 402 Instrumental Analysis   -  4 credits
Total Major (40 credits)

Chemistry Electives
CHE 302 Physical Chemistry III   -  3 credits
CHE 304 Biochemistry II   -  4 credits
CHE 403 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry   -  3 credits
Total (10 credits)

Minor in Mathematics (recommended since Math through MAT-122 is required)  24 credits 
MAT 111 Pre-Calculus -  3 credits
MAT 114 Elementary Statistics -  3 credits
MAT 121 Calculus I -  4 credits
MAT 122 Calculus II -  4 credits
MAT 221 Calculus III -  4 credits
MAT 222 Differential Equations -  3 credits
MAT 214 Linear Algebra -  3 credits
Total Math (24 credits)

Cooperative Education/Internship/Study Abroad 4 credits
CHE 311 Research Seminar II -  1 credits
CHE 313 Scientific Literature Survey -  2 credits

BIO 103 General Biology I -  4 credits
BIO 104 General Biology II -  4 credits