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Academics: Chemistry

Earn a chemistry major

Plastics, cement, medicines, computer chips, food - chemicals constitute every material thing. Chemists explore and manipulate the chemical elements to uncover the splendor of the created order. Countless careers are open to chemistry majors, both working directly in the field of chemistry as well as working at the intersections of chemistry with other fields, such as medicine, law, engineering, business and education.

Admission to the program

The prerequisite to enter the chemistry program is a minimum average of "C" (2.0) in Chemistry 104 and in one course from Chemistry 201, 253, or 261.

Graduation requirements

To graduate with a chemistry major, you must complete the following courses:

  • Chemistry 103 and 104 - General Chemistry I, II
  • Chemistry 201 - Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry 230 - Essential Inorganic Chemistry
  • One of the following two courses:
    • Chemistry 262 - Organic Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 253 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 295 - Chemistry Seminar (four semesters)
  • One of the following two courses:
    • Chemistry 303 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry
    • Chemistry 323 - Biochemistry
  • One of the following two courses:
    • Chemistry 304 - Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry 317 - Physical Chemistry I
  • One of the following courses:
    • Chemistry 261 - Organic Chemistry 1
    • Chemistry 271 - Environmental Chemistry
    • Chemistry 318 - Physical Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 324 - Biochemistry II
    • Chemistry 325 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • Chemistry 329 - Instrumental Methods for Chemical and Biological Science
    • Chemistry 330 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • IDIS 310 - History of Physical Science (or an approved course in integrative studies)
  • Completion of Major Field Test in Chemistry

Cognates

  • Mathematics 171 and 172
  • Physics 133/235 or Physics 221/222

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