Chemistry, BI


Bachelor of Innovation (BI)

Course Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

The Bachelor of Innovation™ in Chemistry combines academic studies and professional training to prepare students for a variety of careers in chemical sciences. The degree is structured so that students gain a depth of understanding in chemistry and a breadth of humanities, other sciences, business, and entrepreneurship.

The major is composed of a Chemistry Core, Mathematics and Science Core, Innovation Core, Cross-Discipline Core, Compass Curriculum, and LAS General Education courses. The Innovation Core introduces students to entrepreneurship, grant and proposal writing, and team projects with regional organizations. These team projects align with Chemistry’s professional practice focus. The Cross-Discipline Core concentrations are business, engineering technology, and globalization; students choose one.

Focus of Study

The degree will provide students with both the technical background and skills of a classical Bachelor of Science in Chemistry plus the team skills to work on innovative projects including the ability to: (1) recognize the broader issues in engineering technology-related problems or in global innovation problems; (2) understand the business, legal and societal constraints affecting this technology; and (3) have the ability to communicate the key issues, needs, potential options, and final solution to a challenge. The program should provide the technical knowledge and skill necessary to function in the chemistry field and the team-building and team-leading skills to develop a career and drive the chosen field forward.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Innovation (BI) in Chemistry requires the following:

  • A minimum of 36 credit hours of CHEM coursework. At least 16 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher).
  • 12 additional hours of auxiliary coursework.
  • A grade of C or better in all CHEM and auxiliary coursework.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all CHEM coursework.
  • No more than 60 credit hours of CHEM coursework may apply to the bachelor’s degree.
  • 39 additional hours of BI coursework, including 24 hours of Innovation core courses and 15 hours of the cross-discipline core of the student's choice.

Program Coursework

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Chemistry Core Courses
  • CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1402 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1511 - General Chemistry for Majors II
  • CHEM 1513 - General Chemistry Laboratory for Majors II
    • Note: CHEM 1511/1513 is recommended, but students may elect to take the non-majors courses, CHEM 1411/1412.
  • CHEM 3201 - Organic Chemistry for Majors I
  • CHEM 3203 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Majors I
  • CHEM 3211 - Organic Chemistry for Majors II
  • CHEM 3213 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Majors II
    • Note: Students who have earned credit hours for CHEM 3101/3102 and 3111/3112 must take CHEM 3203 and 3213.
  • CHEM 4001 - Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4002 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 4211 - Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4701 - Biophysical Chemistry
Chemistry Electives

Complete 6 hours of upper-division (3000 + level) Chemistry Electives. Up to 6 hours may be from CHEM 4904 or 4905.

  • CHEM 4904 - Research: Upper Division
  • CHEM 4905 - Internship: Undergraduate
Auxiliary Requirements
  • BIOL 1350 - General Biology: Introduction to the Cell
  • MATH 1330 - Calculus for Life Sciences
  • PES 1110 - General Physics I - Calculus Based
  • PES 1160 - Advanced Physics Lab I - Calc Based
BI Innovation Core Courses

Complete all of the Bachelor of Innovation Core courses below:

  • BLAW 2010 - Business and Intellectual Property Law
  • ENTP 1000 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship or
  • ENTP 1001 - Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENTP 4500 - Entrepreneurship and Strategy
  • INOV 1010 - The Innovation Process or
  • INOV 1011 - Social Innovation
  • INOV 2010 - Innovation Team: Analyze and Report
  • INOV 2100 - Technical Writing, Proposals, and Presentations
  • INOV 3010 - Innovation Team: Research and Execute
  • INOV 4010 - Innovation Team: Design and Lead
BI Cross-Discipline Core Courses

Complete one of the Cross-Discipline Cores listed below. Each Cross-Discipline Core consists of 15 credit hours. 

  • BI Business Core 
  • BI Engineering Technology Core 
  • BI Globalization Core 
  • BI Inclusive Education Core 
  • BI Custom Core (for Veteran and Transfer students only)


Admission Details

To learn more about admission requirements and the application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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