Courses

B.S. Chemistry Course Requirements

The Chemistry major is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the various chemistry subdisciplines, as well as ample opportunities to explore more specialized “hands on” interests in the research laboratory.

A typical undergraduate program looks like the following:

Year I

  • General Chemistry Lectures I & II for Majors (CHEM 055 & 056) with Laboratories I & II (CHEM 057 & 058). [General Chemistry Lectures I & II (chem 001 & 002) with Laboratories (Chem 009 & 010) may fulfill the requirements]
  • Calculus (035 & 036)
  • General Education Requirements and/or Electives

Year II

  • Organic Chemistry w/Lab (115/117 & 116/118)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 137) or Intro Math Statistics (MATH 140)
  • Physics w/lab – (PHYS 101 & 102) OR (151 & 152)
  • General Education Requirements and/or Electives

Year III

  • Physical Chemistry (CHEM 219 & 220)
  • Analytical Methods w/Lab (CHEM 211/213)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 366)
  • Synthetic Methods (CHEM 228)
  • Electives

Year IV

  • Biochemistry I (CHEM 419)
  • Physical -Chemical Measurements (CHEM 323)
  • Chemical Instrumentation (CHEM 368)
  • Advanced Science Elective*
  • Electives

*Advanced Science electives include Introduction to Research (CHEM 361/362), Chemistry courses numbered 400 or higher, or advanced level courses taught in other science departments (e.g. computer science, biology, math, pharmacology, physics). For courses which meet the advanced science elective status, check with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Chemistry majors interested in following a pre-medical program should pay attention to fulfilling both the degree requirements and the recommendations of Medical Schools. These are described more fully on the Pre-Med. pages, or you should consult the departmental Pre-med advisor.

The Chemistry major with Honors is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of modern chemistry, as well a significant research experience, resulting in the completion of a written senior thesis and a seminar presentation of the results. Juniors will be invited by the Department to participate in the program generally at the beginning of October. Others are welcome to apply during the Fall semester of their Junior Year. Students in the Honors Program are required to maintain at least a B average both in their major and overall.

For a Chemistry Honors degree, a student must complete the regular requirements of the Chemistry major, and take two semesters of Honors Research (CHEM 364 & 365) and register for a final semester of Honors Thesis (CHEM 370). Honors students are relieved from taking either Synthetic Methods (CHEM 228)* or Chemical Instrumentation (CHEM 368)*. The Advanced Chemistry Elective must be a graduate level chemistry course, chosen in consultation with the research mentor.

A typical undergraduate program looks like the following:

Year I

  • General Chemistry Lectures I & II for Majors (CHEM 055 & 056) with Laboratories I & II (CHEM 057 & 058). [General Chemistry Lectures I & II (chem 001 & 002) with Laboratories (Chem 009 & 010) may fulfill the requirements]
  • Calculus (035 & 036)
  • General Education Requirements and/or Electives

Year II

  • Organic Chemistry w/Lab (115/117 & 116/118)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 137) or Intro Math Statistics (MATH 140)
  • Physics w/lab – (PHYS 101 & 102) OR (151 & 152)
  • General Education Requirements and/or Electives

Year III

  • Physical Chemistry (CHEM 219 & 220)
  • Analytical Methods w/Lab (CHEM 211/213) 
  • Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 366) 
  • Honors Research I (CHEM 364) 
  • Synthetic Methods (CHEM 228)* 
  • Electives

Year IV

* Student are relieved from taking either Synthetic Methods (CHEM 228) or Chemical Instrumentation (CHEM 368).

**Advanced Chemistry Elective is any graduate course in Chemistry numbered 400 or higher.

***Advanced Science electives include Introduction to Research (CHEM 361/362), Chemistry courses numbered 400 or higher, or advanced level courses taught in other science departments (e.g. computer science, biology, math, pharmacology, physics). For courses which meet the advanced science elective status, check with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Chemistry majors interested in following a pre-medical program should pay attention to fulfilling both the degree requirements and the recommendations of Medical Schools. These are described more fully on the Pre-Med. pages, or you should consult the departmental Pre-med advisor.


B.S. Biochemistry Course Requirements

The Biochemistry major is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of modern biochemistry, as well as ample opportunities to explore more specialized “hands on” interests in the research laboratory.

A typical undergraduate program looks like the following:

Year I

  • General Chemistry Lectures I & II for Majors (CHEM 055 & 056) with Laboratories I & II (CHEM 057 & 058). [General Chemistry Lectures I & II (chem 001 & 002) with Laboratories (Chem 009 & 010) may fulfill the requirements] 
  • Calculus (035 & 036)  
  • Introductory Biology (103 & 104)  
  • General Education Requirements and/or Electives

Year II

  • Organic Chemistry w/Lab (115/117 & 116/118) 
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 137) or Intro Math Statistics (MATH 140) 
  • Physics w/lab – (PHYS 101 & 102) OR (151 & 152)  
  • General Education Requirements and/or Electives

Year III

  • Biochemistry I & II (CHEM 419 & 520) 
  • Physical Chemistry (CHEM 221) 
  • Analytical Methods w/Lab (CHEM 211/213) 
  • Experimental Methods in Biochemistry (CHEM 408) 
  • Electives

Year IV

  • Experimental Biophysics Lab (CHEM 325)  
  • 2 Advanced Science Electives* 
  • 1 Advanced Biochemistry Elective**

*Advanced science electives include Introduction to Research (CHEM 361/362) or other chemistry courses numbered 400 or higher. They may also be courses taught in other departments (e.g. biology, computer science, math, pharmacology, physics). For courses which meet the advanced science elective status, check with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please note that CHEM 361/362 may be used to satisfy only one of the advanced science electives.

** Courses that can fulfill this requirement include (CHEM-503, -550, and -574). Upper-level courses in Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Departments may count as electives with prior approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  

Biochemistry majors interested in following a pre-medical program should pay attention to fulfilling both the degree requirements and the recommendations of Medical Schools. These are described more fully on the Pre-Med pages.

The Biochemistry major with Honors is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of modern biochemistry, as well a significant research experience, resulting in the completion of a written senior thesis and a seminar presentation of the results. Juniors will be invited by the Department to participate in the program generally at the beginning of October. Others are welcome to apply during the Fall semester of their Junior Year. Students in the Honors Program are required to maintain at least a B average both in their major and overall.

For a Biochemistry Honors degree, a student must complete the regular requirements of the Biochemistry major, two semesters of Honors Research (CHEM 364 & 365) and register for a final semester of Honors Thesis (CHEM 370). One of the Advanced Science Electives must be a graduate level course, chosen in consultation with the research mentor.

A typical undergraduate program looks like the following:

Year I

  • General Chemistry Lectures I & II for Majors (CHEM 055 & 056) with Laboratories I & II (CHEM 057 & 058). [General Chemistry Lectures I & II (chem 001 & 002) with Laboratories (Chem 009 & 010) may fulfill the requirements] 
  • Calculus (035 & 036)  
  • Introductory Biology (103 & 104)  
  • General Education Requirements and/or Electives

Year II

  • Organic Chemistry w/Lab (115/117 & 116/118) 
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 137) or Intro Math Statistics (MATH 140) 
  • Physics w/lab – (PHYS 101 & 102) OR (151 & 152)  
  • General Education Requirements and/or Electives

Year III

  • Biochemistry I & II (CHEM 419 & 520) 
  • Physical Chemistry (CHEM 221) 
  • Analytical Methods w/Lab (CHEM 211/213) 
  • Experimental Methods in Biochemistry (CHEM 408) 
  • Honors Research I (CHEM 364) 
  • Electives

Year IV

*One of the Advanced science electives must be a graduate course. Graduate courses in the chemistry department are those numbered 400 or higher. Graduate courses in other departments should be approved by the Director of Undergraduate studies. Please note that CHEM 361/362 may be used to satisfy only one of the advanced December 10, 2012.

**Courses that can fulfill this requirement include CHEM-503, -550, and -574. Upper-level courses in the Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Departments may count as electives with prior approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Biochemistry majors interested in following a pre-medical program should pay attention to fulfilling both the degree requirements and the recommendations of Medical Schools. These are described more fully on the Pre-Med pages.


Chemistry Minor

The Chemistry minor consists of the following courses:

General Chemistry Lectures I & II (CHEM -001 & 002) with either General Chemistry Laboratories I & II (CHEM-009 & -010) or General Chemistry Laboratories for Majors (CHEM-057 & -058)
Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratories (CHEM-115 & -117 and CHEM-116 & -118)
2 additional chemistry courses*

*Additional chemistry courses may be chosen from among Physical Chemistry (219 & 220)**, Analytical Chemistry w/ laboratory (211/213), Synthetic Methods (228), Inorganic Chemistry (366), and Biochemistry I (419). One of the two courses must include a laboratory component.

**note: Calculus (035 & 036) and Multivariable Calculus (MATH 137) are prerequisites for Physical Chemistry


A list of chemistry courses offered, their descriptions, and syllabi may be found in the Course Catalog.

The schedule of classes offered by the Department of Chemistry for the current semester may be found on the Registrar’s website