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Requirements

 

All chemistry majors are required to complete the following:

Course Number

Course Title

CHEM 181

Atoms & Molecules

CHEM 221 & 222

Organic Chemistry I & II

CHEM 231

Equilibrium & Reactivity

CHEM 300 *

Instrumental Chemistry / Analytical Methods

CHEM 335 *

Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy

Two of the following three courses must be taken:

Course Number

Course Title

CHEM 301      

Biochemistry

CHEM 336      

Chemical Thermodynamics

CHEM 351      

Inorganic Chemistry

Chemistry majors must also complete the following courses from outside of the Chemistry department:

Course Number

Course Title

PHYS 111/115 *

General Physics I

MATH 133 or 135 & 134 or 136

Calculus I & II

Students must also complete one elective listed as a CHEM course. Research in the chemistry department cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

*These classes have a lab component that must be taken as an overload.

Advanced Placement Credit

 Knowledge and experience gained in high school AP courses provide an excellent background for our Discovery Chemistry Core. Beginning with the class of 2018, students who have received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP chemistry exam will earn credit for CHEM 181 and can start the Discovery Chemistry sequence with CHEM 221. Students will forfeit their AP credit if they opt to take CHEM 181. Students are invited to contact the department chair to discuss this option.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Certification

Students choosing to receive certification from the American Chemical Society should take CHEM 181, 221, 222, 231, 300, 335, 301, 336, 351, and one (non-research) CHEM elective. These students must take one additional half-semester of lab (either Inorganic Chemistry lab or Biochemistry lab) and complete a research project culminating in the preparation of a comprehensive report. Additionally, students should complete a second semester of physics (PHYS 112/116).

Other Academic Programs Involving Chemistry

Students interested in health professions typically begin the Discovery Chemistry Core (CHEM 181, 221, 222, 231) in either the first or second year. Since requirements vary for different programs, students should work with the Health Professions Advisory Committee to ensure that their academic program is appropriate for their preparation.

Students interested in environmental studies and/or geosciences take a number of science courses. The chemistry department regularly offers courses that fulfill requirements in these programs, including CHEM 141, 181, 231, and 300.