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Undergraduate Program Requirements

Freshman Program

Students who take chemistry to satisfy the science requirement of the B.A. curriculum must elect Chemistry 1070 and 1075. Science majors, engineering students, and students fulfilling medical school requirements should take Chemistry 1070 and 1075 and 1080 and 1085. One semester placement credit will be awarded with an AP score of "4" and a full year with an AP score of 5. In addition, advanced placement may be granted in accordance with the results of a special placement examination given upon petition.

Major Program

Students majoring in chemistry must satisfy the general requirements of the B.S. curriculum. Chemistry 1070 and 1075; 1080 and 1085; (2410 and 2415) or (2430 and 2435) ; (2420 and 2425) or (2440 and 2445); 3110 and 3115; 3120 and 3125 and one of the lecture-lab combinations, 3210 and 3215, or 3310 and 3315; Mathematics 1210, 1220, 2210, and 2240; and Physics 1310 and 1320 are required of all chemistry majors.

In order to complete the major, three additional, three-credit courses above the 1000 level are required. Check with the Chemistry Department for approval of other (non-Chemistry) courses.  If the course is not from Chemistry, it must be a course where the methods or concepts are relevant to chemistry.  Many courses offered by Math or Physics and Engineering Physics would be appropriate, as well as some in departments such as Cell and Molecular Biology, Computer Science, and others. 

Students intending to pursue graduate work in chemistry or in an allied interdisciplinary field should select their programs with care.  Unless an interdisciplinary program of graduate work is contemplated, students should select advanced chemistry courses, including 4010 and/or 4020 to complete the major. Close consultation with their department advisors will assure development of a program which can be recommended for graduate work.

The Department of Chemistry is fully accredited by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. The ACS will certify a degree which includes 1070 and 1075, 1080 and 1085, 2410 and 2415, 2420 and 2425, 3110 and 3115, 3120 and 3125, 3210 and 3215, 3310 and 3315, 3830 and 3835, and two of the following courses: Biochemistry (Chem 3840), Research and Seminar (Chem 4010, Chem 4020), and Honors Thesis (Chem 4990, Chem 5000).  Alternatively, students may major in biological chemistry. This program is certified by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

Premedical students should select Chemistry 1070 and 1075, 1080 and 1085, and 2410 and 2415 and 2420 and 2425 or their equivalents.

Minor Program

A minor in chemistry consists of Chemistry 1070/1075 and Chemistry 1080/1085 plus four additional chemistry lecture courses that count toward the chemistry major. These courses should be chosen in consultation with the chemistry department.  Only one semester of research may be counted towards the minor. For students whose major requires Chemistry 1070/1075 and Chemistry 1080/1085, at least one of the additional courses must not be required by that major. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the biological chemistry major, students in that program may not minor in chemistry or biology.