Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois

Undergraduate Admissions

Students interested in majoring in chemistry have two degree programs from which to choose. They are the Specialized Curriculum in Chemistry and the Science and Letters, Chemistry Major Curriculum.  The specialized curriculum leads to a diploma that will read 'Bachelors of Science in Chemistry'. The Science and Letters curriculum leads to a diploma that will read 'Bachelors of Science in LAS' and on your transcript it will read 'Major: Chemistry'. 

There are differences in the general education, math, chemistry and foreign language degree completion requirements depending on the program. The foreign language requirements are described below.    Please use the links below to explore the different curricula and to discover what a major in chemistry has to offer.

  • Specialized Curriculum in Chemistry

    Two years of high school coursework in one foreign language are required for admission.

    We encourage incoming freshmen to have completed at least 3 years of high school coursework in one foreign language as your foreign language requirements for graduation will have been satisfied.
  • Science and Letters Curriculum for a Major in Chemistry

    Two years of high school coursework in one foreign language are required for admission.

    We encourage incoming freshmen to have completed at least 4 years of high school coursework in one foreign language as the foreign language requirements for graduation will have been satisfied. Otherwise the student must finish the language requirement on campus and it may take longer to graduate.

High School and transfer students interested in obtaining information about the UIUC application process should use the link, 'Office of Records and Admissions, Future Students '.

To apply online: http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/future/apply/

An admissions information packet, including application forms for high school seniors, is available after September 1 from:

Office of Admissions and Records
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
901 W. Illinois
Urbana, Illinois 61801.

For Fall admission, the application forms should be completed and submitted to the same office between October 1 and November 15. It is important that your application be submitted by November 15; however, applications received after November 15 will still be considered. January 1 is the deadline for receiving applications for Fall semester consideration. Applications received before the November 15 deadline will be given priority.

Declaring Chemistry Major

Students at the University of Illinois who are interested in switching their major to chemistry or declaring a chemistry major may refer to the LAS Admissions and Declarations page for guidelines.  Additionally, students may contact the SCS Academic Advising Office for assistance. 

SCS Academic Advising Office
School of Chemical Sciences
110AB Noyes Laboratory
(217) 244-8531