Chemistry Department


Major Requirements

The major program in chemistry provides a curriculum that accommodates and encourages students with various interests. The major program is organized around a required core of courses in the traditional areas of chemistry. Each course in the core curriculum involves a laboratory component that promotes (1) hands-on knowledge of scientific experimentation, (2) the capacity to interpret experimental data, (3) an ability to analyze data statistically, and (4) the skill to communicate results. The major also includes elective courses which broaden students' exposure to related areas of science. The chemistry department is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Students planning to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or employment in a research position with a chemical or pharmaceutical firm will need to take the General Physics I, II sequence listed as electives. Individuals planning to pursue graduate studies are strongly advised to complete additional advanced courses in the sciences and math.

To declare and remain a major in chemistry, a student must maintain at least a 2.000 grade point average for all courses applicable to the major.

Required core courses:

CHM 103 General Chemistry I
CHM 104 General Chemistry II
CHM 203, 205 Honors Organic Chemistry I or CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 204, 206 Honors Organic Chemistry II or CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 311 Analytical Chemistry I
CHM 312 Analytical Chemistry II
CHM 321 Physical Chemistry I
CHM 322 Physical Chemistry II
CHM 331 Inorganic Chemistry
MTH 121 Calculus I
MTH 122 Calculus II


Two courses numbered between 400 and 460: CHM 403 Chiral Synthesis (0.5 course units)
CHM 404 Organic Synthesis Lab (0.5 course units)
CHM 430 Organometallic Chemistry (0.5 course units)
CHM 420 Laser Chemistry (0.5 course units)
CHM 410 Laboratory Robotics and Automation (0.5 course units)
CHM 480 Special Topics in Chemistry (0.5 course units)

Electives: Two additional courses selected from:
PHY 211 General Physics I
PHY 212 General Physics II or PHY 250 Simulating Science
MTH 144 Introduction to Statistical Analysis or
MTH 223 Calculus III or
MTH 226 Linear Algebra or
MTH 227 Differential Equations