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For complete information about majoring and minoring, see the online catalog.

The major requires 43 credits in chemistry plus courses in mathematics and physics. Students who score well on AP exams in chemistry, mathematics, and/or physics may be able to place out of some of the introductory coursework. Major requirements include:

  • A year of general chemistry with lab and discussions: Chem 110 and 120  
  • A year of organic chemistry with lab and conferences: Chem 210 and 220
  • A year of physical chemistry: Chem 310 (Thermodynamics/Kinetics) and Chem 320 (Statistical Mechanics/Quantum Chemistry)
  • A year of advanced laboratories: Chem 365 (Physical Chemistry laboratory) and Chem 366 (Inorganic Chemistry laboratory)
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry: Chem 420
  • Chemistry Seminar: Chem 405
  • Four semester credits of advanced classes. Courses that students can select from include: Aquatic Chemistry, Structural Biochemistry, Metabolic Biochemistry, Nanomaterials Chemistry, Analytical Spectroscopy, Neurochemistry, Medicinal Organic Chemistry, Advanced Organic Synthesis, Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy, and Experimental Methods in the Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics through Math 132 (Calculus II)
  • A year of general physics with laboratory (usually Physics 141 and 142)

Chemistry majors can graduate with a degree certified by the American Chemical Society after taking the appropriate electives.

Honors and Senior Research

Students are especially encouraged to do senior-level thesis research by enrolling in CHEM 480. A student opting to complete a senior thesis must propose a research project in consultation with a faculty member, present the proposal to the department in a seminar, perform the laboratory work, prepare a written thesis, and defend the thesis orally before the department’s faculty. Students who defend their theses successfully and distinguish themselves academically through the senior year (GPA of 3.500 or higher in chemistry) are also eligible for honors in chemistry.

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