Course Planning

Chemistry Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. The following is a typical major plan. This is not the only way forward. Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

General Chem I (CHEM 110)

Calculus I (MATH 130)

General Chem II (CHEM 120)

Calculus II (MATH 140)

Sophomore

Organic Chem I (CHEM 240)

Workshop Phys I (PHYS 235) (preferred)

Organic Chem II (CHEM 240)

Workshop Phys II (PHYS 245) (preferred)

Probably take one lower level elective (if not previously finished):

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 150) or Environmental Anal. (CHEM 280, spring, preferred)
Junior

Quantum Mech & Spectro. (CHEM 310)  

Thermo. and Kinetics (CHEM 320)

Complete one lower level elective (if not previously done):

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 150) or Environmental Anal. (CHEM 280, spring, preferred)

Possibly take one upper level elective:

  • Biological Chem (Chem 330)
  • Adv Anal. (Chem 350)
  • Adv Phys Chem (Chem 410)
Senior

Adv Inorganic Chem (CHEM 440)

Senior Seminar (CHEM 497, no credit)

Senior Seminar (CHEM 497, no credit)

Complete one upper level elective (if not already finished):

  • Biological Chem (Chem 330)
  • Adv Anal. (Chem 350)
  • Adv Phys Chem (Chem 410)

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year. The following is a typical plan to complete this major. Please consult with your advisor or a member of the Department to create your unique path.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

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Sophomore

General Chem I (CHEM 110)

Calculus I (MATH 130)

General Chem II (CHEM 120)

Calculus II (MATH 140)

Junior

Organic Chem I (CHEM 240) 

Workshop Phys I (PHYS 235) (preferred)

Organic Chem II (CHEM 240)

Workshop Phys II (PHYS 245) (preferred)

Take one lower level elective (if not previously finished):

  • Cell Bio (BIOL 150) or Environmental Anal. (CHEM 280, spring, preferred)
Senior

Quantum Mech & Spectro (CHEM 310)

Adv Inorganic Chem (CHEM 440)  

Senior Seminar (CHEM 497, no credit)

Thermo and Kinetics (CHEM 320) 

Senior Seminar (CHEM 497, no credit)

Complete one upper level elective:

  • Biological Chem (Chem 330)
  • Adv Anal. (Chem 350)
  • Adv Phys Chem (Chem 410)

Capstone: The Chemistry capstone is a non-credit set of three requirements completed during the senior year. This includes a senior paper, non-credit seminar (Chem 497), and a comprehensive exam. See your departmental advisor for more details.

Planning Recommendations: While research is not required for the major, students planning to go on into graduate studies in a chemistry related field should consider getting involved with faculty-sponsored research by late in the junior year. For the passionate scientist, earlier experiences are possible. Please consult with a Chemistry Department Faculty member for details.