Chemistry Major Requirements

(Also see Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.)  

Majors must complete all courses required for the major for a letter grade and receive a grade of C- or higher. Requirements of the chemistry major are:

Core Courses
Introductory Chemistry I
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
Introductory Chemistry II
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II
or AS.030.103 Applied Chemical Equilibrium and Reactivity w/lab
AS.030.205Introductory Organic Chemistry I4
AS.030.206Organic Chemistry II4
or AS.030.212 Honors Organic Chemistry II with Applications in Biochemistry and Medicine
AS.030.227Chemical Chirality: An Introduction in Organic Chem. Lab, Techniques 13
or AS.030.225 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory
AS.030.228Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
AS.030.301Physical Chemistry I3
AS.030.305Physical Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory I3
AS.030.302Physical Chemistry II3
AS.030.306Physical Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory II3
AS.030.449Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds 23
AS.030.356Advanced Inorganic Lab3
Courses Outside the Department
AS.171.101General Physics: Physical Science Major I4
or AS.171.103 General Physics I for Biological Science Majors
or AS.171.105 Classical Mechanics I
or AS.171.107 General Physics for Physical Sciences Majors (AL)
AS.173.111General Physics Laboratory I1
or AS.173.115 Classical Mechanics Laboratory
AS.171.102General Physics: Physical Science Major II4
or AS.171.104 General Physics/Biology Majors II
or AS.171.106 Electricity and Magnetism I
or AS.171.108 General Physics for Physical Science Majors (AL)
AS.173.112General Physics Laboratory II1
or AS.173.116 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
AS.110.108Calculus I (Physical Sciences & Engineering)4
or AS.110.106 Calculus I (Biology and Social Sciences)
AS.110.109Calculus II (For Physical Sciences and Engineering)4
or AS.110.107 Calculus II (For Biological and Social Science)
or AS.110.113 Honors Single Variable Calculus
Advanced Elective Courses
Three credits of advanced chemistry courses beyond AS.030.305-AS.030.306 33
Nine credits of advanced chemistry courses, or science electives at the 300-level or higher approved by a Department of Chemistry advisor, and/or mathematics beyond Calculus II9
Total Credits70

Lecture and laboratory courses should be taken in sequence. In particular, AS.030.228 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory must be taken before AS.030.356 Advanced Inorganic Lab.

To allow maximum flexibility in choosing electives, students should complete both physics and organic chemistry by the end of the sophomore year. AS.030.449 Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds and AS.020.305 Biochemistry or AS.250.315 Biochemistry I are required for an American Chemical Society accredited degree.

Sample Program of Study

A typical program might include the following sequence of courses:

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 8 8
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.030.225 or 2273AS.030.2283
AS.171.101, 103, or 1074AS.171.102, 104, or 1084
 12 12
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Science or math elective3AS.030.3053
 Science or math elective3
 6 9
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.030.3063Science or math elective3
Upper level chemistry elective3 
 9 6
Total Credits 70

Honors in Chemistry

To recognize exceptional performance, both in formal course work and in research, chemistry majors can receive a degree with honors. Honors in Chemistry may be achieved by one of two paths. 1: A student with a GPA of 3.75 or higher in (N) and (Q) courses or 2: A student with a 3.5 GPA in (N) and (Q) courses and with at least 2 semesters of research with a Chemistry faculty member or an approved advisor. These students must write a summary of their research and fill out the Honors Clearance form and the GPA worksheet (see: Turn in these forms to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.