We offer two undergraduate science degrees, Chemistry and Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry, both of which can be certified by the American Chemical Society. The expertise of our ten full-time faculty includes chemical biology, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and computational chemistry, ensuring that our curriculum will keep our majors up-to-date in all areas of chemistry. Normally you must complete CHEM 111 and CHEM 113 before changing to a chemistry major. The department also offers minors in chemistry, biochemistry concentration and materials.

Click here to see the Chemistry Department Mission Statement, the BS Program Student Learning Goals and BS Chemistry Program Learning Outcomes (LO).

Important General Chemistry I (CHEM 111/112 Lab) changes starting in Summer and Fall 2014:

Effective for Summer and Fall 2014 self-registration, all students who need a first year chemistry course (even if you are retaking the course) should study our tutorial site, then take the online USF Chemistry Diagnostic Test. The test result page tells you how prepared you are for General Chemistry I (CHEM 111/112 Lab) or it will direct you into Foundations of Chemistry (CHEM 001-Fall only). If you did not take High School Chemistry you should take Chem 001. Our goal is to help you have success in college chemistry.

USF Chemistry Tutorials and Diagnostic Test: Click here for more information.

Looking to take CHEM 111/112 Lab and/or CHEM 113/114 Lab in Summer 2014?

Current USF Students: You can register for CHEM 111/112 Lab online once you have taken the Chemistry Diagnostic Test and then contact Deidre Shymanski at to have you registered for CHEM 113/114L. After you are registered into CHEM 113/114 Lab, you will be able to register yourself online for CHEM 230 and CHEM 232. Be aware that if you do not have the prerequisite for a course, you will be dropped. For example, if you do not receive a C or higher in CHEM 113/114 Lab you will be dropped from CHEM 230 and CHEM 232 (Organic Chemistry I lecture and lab) in the fall.

Visiting students: You must first be accepted as a visiting student and will receive your USF login information in your acceptance letter. (To apply, go to After your acceptance, you must take the USF Chemistry Diagnostic Test before you can sign up online for CHEM 111/112 Lab. Once you have signed up for CHEM 111/112 Lab, contact Deidre Shymanski at to have you registered for CHEM 113/114 Lab.

If you are registering for CHEM 113/114 Lab only, we will need to see your transcript showing a C or higher in General Chemistry I to clear you for registration. We also recommend that visiting students take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test to see how well they are prepared for General Chemistry.  More information >>