The Chemistry Major
Chemistry majors must complete a minimum of 21 chemistry courses in all subdivisions of chemistry. To afford students the flexibility to study abroad, complete a CHMT degree as well as complete a second major, the department offers a number of tracks to better suit each student’s unique case. In consultation with the academic advisor and with the approval of the Department, students can choose one of four possible degree paths within the chemistry major. Detailed outlines of the requirements for each track can be found in the Planner with features of each track highlighted below.
A) The ACS-certified B.S. chemistry degree with research (5 chemistry options total)
- 1 Chemistry option 300 or 400 level with or without laboratory*
- 2 Chemistry options 400 level with or without a laboratory
- CHE 393 Independent Research I
- CHE 493 Independent Research II
The independent research course completes the remaining required laboratory hours required by the ACS (400 total hours required).
*Courses outside the department can be substituted with approval by the department. A preapproved list of courses outside the department includes Genetics, Immunology, Mathematical Physics, Linear Algebra, Modern Physics. Other courses may be considered upon consultation with the Department Chair. A second semester of CHE 493 Independent Research II may substitute this requirement (i).
B) The ACS-certified B.S. chemistry degree with no research (3 chemistry options total)
- 1 Chemistry option 300 or 400 level with laboratory
- 2 Chemistry options 400 level with laboratory (CHE 410 is strongly recommended)
All three chemistry options must have a laboratory component to complete the remaining laboratory hours required by the ACS (400 total required).
C) The non-ACS certified B.S. chemistry degree (3 Chemistry options total)
- 1 Chemistry option 400 level with or without laboratory
- 2 Chemistry options 300 or 400 level with or without laboratory*
*One course outside the department may be substituted with the approval of the department. A preapproved list of courses outside the department may include Genetics, Immunology, Mathematical Physics, Linear Algebra, Modern Physics, or Student Teaching
D) Self-designed biochemistry major – B.A. degree (upon application through the chemistry major)
CHE 201 General Chemistry I
CHE 202 General Chemistry II
CHE 331 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 332 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 310 Analytical Chemistry
CHE 372 Thermodynamics/Kinetics
CHE 430 Biochemistry
CHE 451 Inorganic Chemistry (co-requisite CHE 371)
CHE 099 Freshman Seminar
CHE 316 Sophomore Seminar
CHE 317 Junior Seminar
CHE 400 level advanced elective
BIO 185 Themes in Biology
BIO 211 Eukaryotic Cell Biology
BIO 231 Genetics
BIO 444 Immunology (recommended) or any BIO course with a molecular emphasis
Registration in CHE 393/493 (Independent Research) in a project with a biochemical emphasis is highly recommended for students pursuing a degree in biochemistry. For ACS certification, a total of 400 lab course hours must be completed. Since some BIO courses do not have a lab component, the shortfall of lab hours must be attained either through other coursework or independent research.
Program Entrance, Retention, and Exit Standards
Every major program at the College has set standards for allowing students to remain in that program, to transfer within the College from one program to another, and to graduate from a program. The following are the standards for chemistry programs. Minimum grades are noted in parentheses:
- Retention in the program is based on the following performance standards in these “critical content courses”: CHE 201 and 202/General Chemistry I and II (C); CHE 331/Organic Chemistry I (C).
- Transfer into the program from another program within the College is based upon the following performance standards in these “foundation courses”: CHE 201/General Chemistry (C); MAT 127/Calculus A (C).
- Graduation requires a GPA of 2.0 in courses for the program.
A minor in chemistry is comprised of five full courses in CHE courses including CHE 202 (or Honors CHE 201 and 202) and four other CHE courses numbered 300 or higher, but not including CHE 316, 317, 318, 340, 393, 399, 489, 490, or 493.