Chemistry

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    1. Core: 28 credits consisting of CHM 115, 223, 224, 230, 320, 331, and 332.
    2. Areas of Concentration:
      1. Chemistry: 8 credits from CHM 251, 300 or 400 level courses, BCM 321 or 422. At least 4 credits must be at or above the 300 level.
      2. American Chemical Society Certified Degree: CHM 313 and 314; BCM 321; and 4 credits chosen from CHM 399, 411, 499, or BCM 422.
      3. Pre-Medicine: BCM 321 and 4 credits from 300 or 400 level courses in Chemistry; The American Chemical Society Certified Degree is also available with the pre-medicine concentration.
    3. Successful completion of CHM 450.
  • Program Considerations

    Potential majors are advised to schedule Mathematics 121-122 and Physics 121-122 (or Physics 112-113) in the freshman and sophomore years so they may enroll in Chemistry 331-332 in the junior year.

    Completion of an independent research project normally culminating in a senior thesis is recommended.

    Students bound for graduate school should make careful course selections to support their particular area of emphasis; participation in research, completion of Chemistry 313, 314 and 411, Mathematics 210 and 211 should be considered. Experience with calculus based physics (Physics 121-122) is preferred over Physics 112-113.

    Students bound for medical school should elect CHM 115 in the fall of the freshman year so that BCM 321 can be completed in advance of taking the MCAT at the end of the Junior year (CHM 115, 223, 224, 230 and BIO 121 are prerequisites to BCM 321). To be a competitive medical school applicant, the Chemistry Department strongly recommends students completing a Chemistry major also take genetics and physiology, in addition to considering upper level electives from Biology, Biochemistry or Integrated Physiology and Health Science.

  • Departmental Honors
    Students may achieve honors in the Chemistry Department by:
    1. Having a 3.5 GPA in all chemistry classes.
    2. Performing at a superior level in departmental Senior Seminar.
    3. Preparing and presenting a senior thesis of honors caliber. See the Department chair for details on how to fulfill the thesis requirements.
  • Minor requirements

    Twenty-four credits with eight credits numbered 300 or above and which may include Biochemistry 321 and 422.

  • Teaching Major Requirements

    Completion of the requirements for the Chemistry major.

  • Teaching Minor Requirements

    Twenty-four credits that must include Chemistry 115, 223, 224, 230 and Biochemistry 321; and four credits chosen from Chemistry 320, 331 or 332.

  • American Chemical Society Certified Degree

    Completion of Chemistry 115, 223, 224, 230, 313, 314, 320, 331, 332, 450, Biochemistry 321 and four credits chosen from Chemistry 399, 411, 499, or Biochemistry 422. Completion of a minimum of 400 hours of laboratory work must be included. Students must consult with the Chemistry chair in their junior year for approval of their program.

  • Four credits from CHM, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Natural Sciences — Physical Sciences.