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The Chemistry Major

Chemistry is an ever-changing discipline that seeks to explain the molecular logic of the world around us. The chemistry major prepares students to be independent critical thinkers, and the courses for the major are organized as follows:

  • During the first year, most students take General Chemistry to learn fundamental concepts of the discipline.
  • The second year is devoted to Organic Chemistry, which focuses on carbon-containing compounds, including those of biochemical importance.
  • In the third year, Chemistry majors take several courses that interface chemistry with physics (Physical Chemistry) and biology (Biochemistry).
  • The fourth year focuses on the chemistry of metals (Inorganic Chemistry). We encourage our majors to pursue a research project during or after their third year.

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


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