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 MTH-121 and 122 and PHY-121 and 122 (or PHY-112 and 113) in the freshman and sophomore years so they may enroll in CHM-331 and 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 CHM-313, 314 and 411, MTH-210 and 211 should be considered. Experience with calculus based physics (PHY- 121 and 122) is preferred over PHY-112 and 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 BCM-321 and 422.

  • Teaching Major Requirements

    Completion of the requirements for the Chemistry major.

  • Teaching Minor Requirements

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

  • American Chemical Society Certified Degree

    Completion of CHM-15, 223, 224, 230, 313, 314, 320, 331, 332, 450, BCM-321 and four credits chosen from CHM-399, 411, 499, or BCM-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.