The chemistry major consists of a core curriculum and additional electives within a single area of concentration. The core curriculum requirements are Chemistry 101 and 102 or 109, 210, 225, 240, Mathematics 171 or higher, Physics 103 and 104 (for students who place into Physics 104 only one physics course is required). Students are advised to begin their core curriculum as soon as possible. Depending on preparation and placement results, some students may begin with advanced courses.
Chemical: Chemistry 226, 251, and 252. Any two electives from the following: Chemistry 232 and chemistry courses at the 300 level or above (only one 400-level course may count towards the major).
Educational: Chemistry 251 or 252, Education 20 or 101, 203, 301, 303, and two additional chemistry electives selected in consultation with the advisor.
Environmental:Chemistry 251, and four electives that must include at least two molecular perspective courses from the following: Chemistry 205 (same as Environmental Studies 205), 305 (same as Environmental Studies 305), 306 (same as Environmental Studies 306), 310; and at least one environmental perspectives course from the following: Earth and Oceanographic Science 200 (same as Environmental Studies 200), 267 (same as Environmental Studies 267), 282 (same as Environmental Studies 282), Physics 257 (same as Earth and Oceanographic Science 257 and Environmental Studies 253), 357 (same as Earth and Oceanographic Science 357 and Environmental Studies 357), Biology 225 (same as Environmental Studies 225), or 394 (same as Environmental Studies 394). At least one course from the concentration must be at the 300 level.
Geochemical: Chemistry 205 (same as Earth and Oceanographic Science 205), 251, and 310; and at least two electives from the following: Earth and Oceanographic Science 200 (same as Environmental Studies 200), 262, 267 (same as Environmental Studies 267), 282 (same as Environmental Studies 282), 302, or 315. At least one elective from the concentration must be at the 300 level.
Neurochemical:Biology 102 or 109, Chemistry 226, 232, and 251 or 252; and two electives from the following: Biology 213, 253, 266, and one 300 level neuroscience course.
Only one grade of D may be counted for the major or minor. This D must be offset by a grade of B or higher in another course also required for the major or minor. Generally, courses for the major or minor must be taken on a graded basis. Under special circumstances, however, a student may petition the department chair to allow one required chemistry course and/or one other course required for the major or minor (Mathematics 161 or 171, or Physics 103 or 104) to be taken with the Credit/D/Fail grading option.
The chemistry major can serve as preparation for many career paths after college, including the profession of chemistry, graduate studies in the sciences, medicine, secondary school teaching, and many fields in the business world. The department offers programs based on the interests and goals of the student; therefore, a prospective major should discuss his or her plans with the department as soon as possible. Regardless of career goals, students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills by participating in a collaborative student-faculty research project (Chemistry 291–294, 401–404, or summer research).
The department also offers an American Chemical Society-certified major in chemistry. The requirements for certification are met by taking advanced electives in chemistry—Chemistry 232, 310, and 340; two semesters of laboratory-based independent study; and Mathematics 181. Students interested in this certification program should consult with the department.
Students may engage in independent study at the intermediate (291–294) or advanced (401–404) level.
The minor consists of four chemistry courses at or above the 200 level. Biochemistry majors may not minor in chemistry.