Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all chemistry courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study. Note that chemistry lectures and labs are separate courses.

Requirements   Credits 
 Chemistry  35
      CHEM 101. General Chemistry I & CHML 101. General Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 102. General Chemistry II & CHML 102. General Chemistry II Lab
      CHEM 201. Analytical Chemistry & CHML 201. Analytical Chemistry Lab
      CHEM 301. Organic Chemistry I & CHML 301. Organic Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 302. Organic Chemistry II & CHML 302. Organic Chemistry II Lab
      CHEM 401. Physical Chemistry I & CHML 401. Physical Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 402. Physical Chemistry II & CHML 402. Physical Chemistry II Lab
      CHEM 431. Instrumental Analysis & CHML 431. Instrumental Analysis Lab
      CHEM 441. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
      CHEM 427. Seminar in Chemistry
      Comprehensive Exam in Chemistry*
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
0
0
 Mathematics  15
      MATH 151. Calculus I
      MATH 152. Calculus II
      MATH 251. Calculus III
      MATH 252. Ordinary Differential Equations
4
4
4
3
 Physics  8
      PHYS 103. General Physics I & PHYL 103. General Physics Lab I
      PHYS 104. General Physics II & PHYL 104. General Physics Lab II
4
4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above** 3
 General Education Requirements 37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 General Electives  22
   
 Total  120

*To satisfy the comprehensive requirement for chemistry, a major must take and pass a comprehensive exam given in his or her senior year. Examination details are announced each fall.

** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.


Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number. Note that chemistry lectures and labs are separate courses.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
CHEM 101 and CHML 101 4 CHEM 102 and CHML 102  4
MATH 151  4 MATH 152  4
ENG 101 3 ENG 102 3
SBU 101 2 Foreign Language 202* 3
Foreign Language 201/Elective 3 SBU 102 1
Total 16 Total 15
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
CHEM 301 and CHML 301  4 CHEM 302 and CHML 302  4
MATH 251  4 CHEM 201 and CHML 201  4
General Education Requirement 3 MATH 252  3
PHYS 103 and PHYL 103  4 PHYS 104 and PHYL 104  4
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD & FOURTH YEARS ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
CHEM 441** 3 CHEM 402 and CHML 402**  4
CHEM 401 and CHML 401** 4 CHEM 427  0
CHEM 431 and CHML 431** 4 General Education Requirements 8
General Education Requirements 10 General Electiveds 17
General Electives 9    
Total 30 Total 29

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** Offered every other year.

To satisfy the comprehensive requirement for chemistry, a major must take and pass a comprehensive exam given in his or her senior year. Examination details are announced each fall.

Requirements for a Minor in Chemistry

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in chemistry. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all chemistry courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.