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Chemistry is the study of all matter found in living structures, geological formations and human-created products. Chemists explore the molecular structure of matter in order to develop theories about how such structures work and to apply these theories to the development of products that range from pharmaceuticals to heat shields. The certificate in chemistry provide a strong foundation in chemistry with the opportunity to include biochemistry coursework as well. 


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Program Code



2 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


415 Rieveschl
PO Box 210172
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0172
Anne Vonderheide
Phone: 513-556-9331

Student Success Factors

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences certificate program in chemistry is well suited for individuals with a background and interest in science and degrees in fields outside of chemistry,

Career Possibilities

This program is  particularly aimed at non-matriculated students with degrees in related fields who wish to gain knowledge and experience in chemistry for professional advancement in their chosen field.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Chemistry Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • CHEM1040, General Chemistry I, NS, 4
    • CHEM1040L, General Chemistry Laboratory I, NS, 1
    Spring (Year 1)
    • CHEM1041, General Chemistry II, NS, 4
    • CHEM1041L, General Chemistry Laboratory II, NS, 1
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • CHEM2040, Organic Chemistry I, 4
    • CHEM2040L, Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, 1
    Spring (Year 2)
    • CHEM2041, Organic Chemistry II, 4
    • CHEM2041L, Organic ChemistryLaboratory II, 1
    Summer (Year 2)
    • CHEMxxxx, Six credits from courses at the 2050 level and above; laboratory (L) courses, seminar and research courses (2080, 4080, 5020, 5030, and 5080 level courses) are excluded., 6
    elective courses
    • CHEMxxxx, Must be in discipline: CHEM, 6

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. 

Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.


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