Requirements

  • Entry to CHEM 115: Chemistry I

    (required for Chemistry, Biology and Neuroscience Majors and Minors, and health professions)

    Entering first-year students interested in chemistry (CHEM 115: Chemistry I) must take a science placement test to assess quantitative skills upon arrival on campus in August. This test consists of 20 basic algebra problems and is an established measure of readiness and likelihood of success in Chemistry I.  A score of 13/20 or better on the test is required for placement into CHEM 115 (see sequences below).  Students with scores of 12/20 or lower will be placed into CHEM 114: Foundations of Chemistry in the Fall Semester of the first year (see sequences below).  The Chemistry Major can be completed in four years through either of the sequences described below.

    Students wishing to enter CHEM 115 in the fall of their second year and who have not completed CHEM 114 must take the science placement test in the spring of their first year. Students who do not score 13/20 or better at this time may retake the placement test at the start of the Fall Semester. However it is not possible to complete a Chemistry Major in three years starting with CHEM 114 in the second year. 

    Consult your advisor or the chair of the Chemistry Department for further explanation.

    Major and Minor in Chemistry

    The Major in Chemistry requires eight chemistry courses, two courses in calculus, and two courses in physics. The Department offers students the opportunity to concentrate in biochemistry. The Minor in Chemistry requires a minimum of six credits, including five chemistry courses and their pre-/co-requisites.

    Requirements for the Major:

    • Chemistry 115: Chemistry I
    • Chemistry 116: Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 220: Organic Chemistry I
    • Chemistry 221: Organic Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 320: Physical Chemistry I
    • Chemistry 321: Physical Chemistry II
    • 1 additional chemistry course selected from CHEM 300: Biochemistry, CHEM 340: Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 430: Advanced Organic Chemistry, CHEM 490: Senior Thesis in Chemistry
    • 2 courses in calculus: MATH 110 (Calculus I) and MATH 111 (Calculus II)
    • 2 courses in physics:  PHYS 110 (Introductory Physics I) and PHYS 111 (Introductory Physics II), or PHYS 120 (General Physics I) and PHYS 121 (General Physics II)
    • Senior Studies, which may be satisfied  by Chemistry 410: Instrumental Analysis, or Chemistry 490: Senior Thesis in Chemistry.

    Biochemistry Concentration

    Students interested in a concentration in biochemistry should take the following courses:

    • Chemistry 115: Chemistry I
    • Chemistry 116: Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 220: Organic Chemistry I
    • Chemistry 221: Organic Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 300: Biochemistry
    • Chemistry 320: Physical Chemistry I
    • Chemistry 321: Physical Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 415: Topics in Biochemistry
    • 2 courses in calculus: MATH 110 (Calculus I) and MATH 111 (Calculus II)
    • 2 courses in physics:  PHYS 110 (Introductory Physics I) and PHYS 111 (Introductory Physics II), or PHYS 120 (General Physics I) and PHYS 121 (General Physics II )
    • Senior Studies, which may be satisfied by CHEM 410 (Instrumental Analysis) or CHEM 490 (Senior Thesis in Chemistry)

    Minor in Chemistry

    • Chemistry 115: Chemistry I
    • Chemistry 116: Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 220: Organic Chemistry I
    • Chemistry 221: Organic Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 300: Biochemistry (prerequisite BIOL 120) or CHEM 320: Physical Chemistry I (prerequisite:  MATH 110, MATH 111, and one year of physics – either PHYS 110 and PHYS 111, or PHYS 120 and PHYS 121)

    Recommended Chemistry major course sequences

    Beginning with CHEM 115 in Fall of the first year

    First Year

    Fall: CHEM 115: Chemistry I

    Spring: CHEM 116: Chemistry II

    (MATH 110: Calculus I and MATH 111: Calculus II to be completed by the end of the second year, encouraged in first year.)

    Second Year

    Fall: CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I

    Spring: CHEM 221: Organic Chemistry II

    Third Year

    Fall: CHEM 320: Physical Chemistry I, CHEM 300: Biochemistry (optional)

    Spring: CHEM 321: Physical Chemistry II, CHEM 340: Inorganic Chemistry (optional)

    (Introductory Physics – PHYS 110 and PHYS 111, or General Physics – PHYS 120 and PHYS 121 to be completed by end of third year)

    Fourth Year

    Fall: CHEM 410: Instrumental Analysis, CHEM 300: Biochemistry (optional)

    Spring: CHEM 340: Inorganic Chemistry (optional), CHEM 430: Advanced Organic       Chemistry (optional), CHEM 490: Senior Thesis in Chemistry (optional)

    Note: Only one of the optional courses listed above is required, all are encouraged.

    Beginning with CHEM 114 in Fall of the 1st year or CHEM 115 in Fall of the second year

    First Year

    Fall: CHEM 114: Foundations of Chemistry

    Spring: no requirements for chemistry major

    (MATH 110: Calculus I and MATH 111: Calculus II to be completed by the end of the third year, encouraged as early as possible.)

    Second Year

    Fall: CHEM 115: Chemistry I

    Spring: CHEM 116: Chemistry II

    (Introductory Physics – PHYS 110 and PHYS 111, or General Physics – PHYS 120 and PHYS  121 to be completed by end of fourth year, but recommended in second year.)

    Third Year

    Fall: CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I

    Spring: CHEM 221: Organic Chemistry II

    Fourth Year

    Fall: CHEM 320: Physical Chemistry I, CHEM 410: Instrumental Analysis, CHEM 300:   Biochemistry (optional)

    Spring: CHEM 321: Physical Chemistry II, CHEM 340: Inorganic Chemistry (optional),    CHEM 430: Advanced Organic Chemistry (optional), CHEM 490: Senior Thesis in            Chemistry (optional)

    Note: Only one of the optional courses listed above is required, all are encouraged.