Chemistry Department

Chemistry Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements are those reflected in the 2017-2018 course catalog.

Major in Chemistry

12 or 13 courses distributed as follows:

  • CHEM 110 and 120 General Chemistry I and II
      or
    CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
      or
    BIOL 150 Cell Biology
  • CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
  • CHEM 440 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • One course from
    • CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
    • CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • MATH 130 Calculus I
  • MATH 140 Calculus II
  • One course from
    • PHYS 210 General Physics I
    • PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based) (recommended)
    • PHYS 235 General Physics I (Workshop) (recommended)
  • One course from
    • PHYS 220 General Physics II
    • PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based) (recommended)
    • PHYS 245 General Physics II (Workshop) (recommended)

All majors must take two semesters of CHEM ATC ATEC Laboratory concurrently with CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy and CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics, and two semesters of CHEM 497 Chemistry Seminar during the senior year. CHEM ATC and  CHEM 497 do not carry course credit.

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the chemistry major consists of two parts. The first part is a comprehensive standardized chemistry examination. The second part is a literature-based research paper written under the direct supervision of a faculty member and presented as a seminar. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is the average of the grades  on the two parts of the experience.

American Chemical Society Certified Degree in Chemistry

Requirements for the chemistry major including the following courses:

  • CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
  • CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM 450 Directed Research
  • 1 additional course from
    • CHEM 335 Advanced Biological Chemistry
    • CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 410 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Minor in Chemistry

6 courses distributed as follows:

  • CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 General Chemistry I and II
      or
    CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • Additional courses in Chemistry numbered above 240 for a total of 6 Chemistry courses.