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Chemistry (B.S.)

Student works with chemical compounds to study reactions in chemistry

Major Requirements

The major in chemistry consists of all of the courses in Sections A and D, and one course in Section B and C:

Section A

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM XX Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 200 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 240 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 3XX Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4XX Chemistry Capstone I
  • CHEM 4XX Chemistry Capstone II

Section B

  • CHEM 490 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM 495 Independent Study Section C
  • CHEM 3XX Applications of Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 370 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 390 Inorganic Chemistry

Section D

  • Math 181 Calculus I
  • Math 182 Calculus II
  • PHYS 174 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 184 Introductory Physics II

Students planning to be professional chemists are encouraged to take more than the minimum course work in chemistry, physics and mathematics. A reading knowledge of a foreign language has a number of important educational benefits and is recommended.

Suggested first year schedule for all chemistry majors

(includes Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary, B.A. & B.S. in Chemistry, B.A. in Environmental Chemistry, and B.A. in Environmental Chemistry and Biochemistry)

First Year, Fall

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I (4 CH)
  • MATH 181 Calculus I (4 CH)
  • ENG 111 Oral & Written Expression I (3 CH)
  • SEMS 100 Seminar I (1 CH)
  • IR Group D (1 CH)
  • PHYS 174 Introduction to Physics (4 CH) or Electives (3-5 CH)

TOTAL 16-18 CH

First Year, Spring

  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry II (4 CH)
  • MATH 182 Calculus II (4 CH)
  • ENG 112 Oral & Written Expression II (3 CH)
  • INDS 100 Presentational Literacy (1 CH)
  • IR Group V (theory) (1 CH)
  • PHYS 174 Introduction to Physics (4 CH) or Electives (1-4 CH)

TOTAL 15-18 CH

Notes

  1. Students who are not strong in math are advised to take MATH 107 College Algebra in the fall, CHEM 140 and MATH 141 Precalculus in the spring, and CHEM 160 and MATH 181 in the fall semester of the second year. 
  2. Students with exceptionally strong math/ science backgrounds should consult with the chemistry department before registering.