In this major, you explore both organic and inorganic chemistry, synthesis and characterization of chemical compounds, instrumental analysis, the fundamentals of physics, and many other topics.

The program in Chemistry is an excellent preparation for laboratory work, research, teaching, medical school, graduate studies and a variety of other science-related opportunities. Students may opt to combine a science major with minors from disciplines such as Political Science, Art, Business or English. These combinations can lead to alternate career opportunities, such as law and technical writing.

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Suggested Four Year Course Plan

Chemistry

Year 1
Fall Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM190 General Chemistry 1 4
MAT190 Calculus 1 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective (CSC 202 recommended) 3-4
ENG105 Expository Writing, Oral Comm. and Research 4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(14-17 credits)
CHM191 General Chemistry 2 4
MAT191 Calculus 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 6-9
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 2
Fall Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM201 Organic Chemistry 1 4
PHY190 Fund. of Physics 1 4
MAT201 Calculus 3 4
CHM305 Inorganic Chemistry* (WI) or
Liberal Education Requirement/General Elective
3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM202 Organic Chemistry 2 4
PHY191 Fund. of Physics 2 4
CHM203 Quantitative Analysis 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective *** 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 3
Fall Semester
(14-16 credits)
CHM401 Physical Chemistry 1 4
CHM301 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHM305 Inorganic Chemistry* (WI) or
Liberal Education Requirement/General Elective
3-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM402 Physical Chemistry 2 4
CHM306 Synthesis and Characterization * or
Liberal Education Requirement/General Elective
2-3
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective *** 9
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 4
Fall Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM3XX/4XX Chemistry Elective 3
CHM400 Undergraduate Research 0-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 7-12
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester (14-17 credits)
CHM306 Synthesis and Characterization * or
Liberal Education Requirement/General Elective
2-3
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective *** 13-14
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

* Course offered on a two-year cycle

 

** 3 credits in CHM at 300 level or higher; often fulfilled by CHM-307: Biochemistry.

 

*** MAT302 is highly recommended. MAT240 is a prerequisite for MAT302. Taking these courses in addition to the required Calculus series will satisfy a minor in Mathematics.

 

Recommended General Electives: BIO-190/BIO-191: Principles of Biology I/II; CHM-400: Research; Electives in CHM when offered; ENV236: Environmental Technology; MAT240: Linear Algebra, MAT302: Differential Equations***; PHY-302/302L: Modern Physics.

 

All 4-credit science courses include a required laboratory component.