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Major Requirements

The chemistry major curriculum meets American Chemical Society degree requirements for certification and provides a rigorous, comprehensive background in the four primary areas of chemistry, and in elective areas of your choosing. This program is appropriate for students going on to advanced study in chemistry, as well as for many pre-professional students and students planning careers in industry and research. The following information is available in pdf form.

Course Requirements

The following chemistry courses are required for the regular chemistry major:

  • CHEM 0110, 0120, or 0710, 0720 - General Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 0250, 0260 - Introductory Analytical Chemistry and Lab
  • CHEM 0310, 0320, or 0730, 0740 - Organic Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 0345 or 0750 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 1130 - Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 1140 - Advanced Inorganic Laboratory
  • CHEM 1250 - Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 1255 - Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
  • CHEM 1410, 1420 - Physical Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 1430, 1440 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I and II

Other natural science courses that are required:

  • MATH 0220, 0230              Analytical Geometry and Calculus I and II
  • CHEM 1000                        Mathematics for Chemists or
  • MATH 0240                        Analytical Geometry and Calculus III
  • PHYS 0174, 0175               Basic Physics for Science and Engineering I and II
  • PHYS 0219                         Basic Laboratory Physics for Science and Engineering

In addition, at least two credits of chemistry or science electives must be taken, usually in the senior year. In order to receive ACS certification the elective requirement MUST be met with BIOSC 1000-Biochemistry. Other possible electives can be found on the following list. (For additional information, consult with the Undergraduate Program Office in 107 Chevron Science Center).

Some courses satisfying the Science Elective requirement CHEMISTRY:

  • CHEM 1260 Intermediate Analytical Chemistry (2 cr.)
  • CHEM 1310 Synthetic Organic Chemistry (2 cr.)
  • CHEM 1380 Techniques of Organic Research (2 cr.)
  • CHEM 1450 Molecular Modeling & Graphics (3 cr.)
  • CHEM 1460 Introduction to Modern Computational Science (3 cr.)
  • CHEM 1600 Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers (3 cr.)
  • CHEM 1605 Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers Lab (1 cr.)
  • CHEM 1620 Atoms, Molecules and Materials (3 cr.)
  • CHEM 1700 Undergraduate Research Seminar (1 cr.)
  • CHEM 1710 Undergraduate Research (variable cr.) [Click here for departmental research opportunities]
  • CHEM 1720 Undergraduate Teaching Experience (variable cr.)
  • CHEM 1810 Chemical Biology (3 cr.)
  • Any chemistry course numbered above 2000, except 2700.

Non-Chemistry

 

  • BIOSC: 0350, 0370, 1000, 1500, 1810, 1820, 1850, 1940
  • CS: 0441, 0445
  • GEOL: 1001, 1500
  • MATH: 0250 or STAT: 1000

 

Ideal Program for ACS Certified Chemistry Majors

  Fall Credits   Spring Credits  
Freshman Year CHEM 0110 (or 0710) 4 CHEM 0120 (or 0720) 4
  MATH 0220 4 MATH 0230 4
  ENGCMP 3 GER 2 3
  GER 1 3 GER 3 3
  FS 1    
  Total 15 Total 14

 

  Fall Credits   Spring Credits  
Sophomore Year CHEM 0310 (or 0730) 3 CHEM 0320 (or 0740) 3
  CHEM 1000 or MATH 0240 4 CHEM 0345 (or 0750) 2
  PHYS 0174 4 PHYS 0175 4
  GER 4 b 3 PHYS 0219 2
      GER 5 3
      GER 6 3
  Total 14 Total 17

 

  Fall Credits   Spring Credits  
Junior Year CHEM 1410 3 CHEM 1420 3
  CHEM 0250 3 CHEM 1430 1
  CHEM 0260 1 CHEM 1250 3
  GER 7 3 CHEM 1255 1
  Languagec 4-5 CHEM 1700d 3
      Languagec 4-5
      GER 8 3
  Total 14-15 Total 16-17

 

  Fall Credits   Spring Credits  
Senior Year CHEM 1130 3 CHEM 1140 2
  CHEM 1440 1 CHEM W course 1
  SCI ELECTe 2 GER 11 3
  GER 9 3    
  GER 10 3    
  Total 12 Total 6

Total credits required for the BS degree is 120.

a. All of the required courses are offered each Fall and Spring Term, and many during the Summer Sessions. Any reasonable alternative sequence of courses is acceptable, as long as prerequisites are met.

b. GER are the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements.

c. If A&S requirements are not satisfied by advanced standing.

d. Highly recommended but not required.

e. At least two credits of Science Electives must be taken to fulfill the requirements of the major. They may be taken at any time (see page 2). For the ACS certified major this elective must be BIOSC 1000.