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) 

Organic Chem II (CHEM 240)

Workshop Phys II (PHYS 245)

Probably take:

  • Environmental Anal. (CHEM 280, spring)
Junior

Quantum Mech & Spectro. (CHEM 310)  

Advanced Techniques in Expt. Chem. (CHEM ATC, non-credit bearing)

Thermo. and Kinetics (CHEM 320)

Advanced Techniques in Expt. Chem. (CHEM ATC, non-credit bearing)

If not previously completed:

  • Environmental Anal. (CHEM 280, spring)

Possibly take one upper level elective:

  • Biological Chem (CHEM 330)
  • Adv Anal. (CHEM 350)
  • Adv Phys Chem (CHEM 410)
  • Adv. Inorganic Chem (CHEM 440)
Senior

Chemistry: Senior Seminar (CHEM 497)

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

  • Biological Chem (CHEM 330)
  • Adv Anal. (CHEM 350)
  • Adv Phys Chem (CHEM 410)
  • Adv. Inorganic Chem (CHEM 440)

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)

Organic Chem II (CHEM 240)

Workshop Phys II (PHYS 245) 

Environmental Anal. (CHEM 280)

Senior

Quantum Mech & Spectro (CHEM 310)

Advanced Techniques in Expt. Chem (CHEM ATC, non-credit bearing) 

Chemistry: Senior Seminar (CHEM 497)

Thermo and Kinetics (CHEM 320) 

Advanced Techniques in Expt. Chem. (CHEM ATC, non-credit bearing)

Complete one upper level elective:

  • Biological Chem (CHEM 330)
  • Adv Anal. (CHEM 350)
  • Adv Phys Chem (CHEM 410)
  • Adv Inorganic Chem (CHEM 440)

Capstone: The Chemistry capstone is the course Chemistry: Senior Seminar (CHEM 497).

Planning Recommendations:  It is highly recommended that students complete Environmental Analysis (CHEM 280) in their sophomore year as preparation for taking Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry (CHEM ATC).  Adv. Techniques in Expt Chem (CHEM ATC) is taken concurrently with Quantum Mech & Spectro (CHEM 310) and Thermo and Kinetics (CHEM 320) as the laboratory portion of these courses.

Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or related fields are strongly encouraged to:

  • engage in faculty-led research. Students should discuss opportunities with faculty during their junior year.
  • complete an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree in Chemistry.

Students planning to complete the ACS certified degree must meet the requirements of the Hendrix College Chemistry Major and take the following additional courses:

    • Biological Chem (CHEM 330)
    • Adv Anal. (CHEM 350)
    • Adv. Inorganic Chem (CHEM 440)
    • Either Directed Research (CHEM 450, for academic credit) or Directed Research (CHEM 460, no academic credit)