Departments & Programs

Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Bachelor of Arts Preprofessional Chemistry Major

For students who require a knowledge of chemistry as a basis for work in other fields such as business, dentistry, environmental science and policy, law, medicine, or other allied health fields. Recommended for premedical and predentistry students.

Degree Requirements

First-Year Experience Course  Beginning freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 18 credit hours are required to take SCI-I120 Windows on Science (1 cr.) or an equivalent first-year experience course.

Area I English Composition and Communication Skills  See the School of Science requirements under “Undergraduate Programs” in this bulletin. The second semester of English composition may be satisfied only by ENG-W132 (or ENG-W150), ENG-W231, ENG-W233, ENG-W290, TCM 22000, or TCM 32000.

Area II Foreign Language  See the School of Science requirements under “Undergraduate Programs” in this bulletin.

Area IIIA Humanities, Social Sciences, and Comparative World Cultures  See the School of Science requirements under "Undergraduate Programs" in this bulletin.

Area IIIB Junior/Senior Integrator  The Junior/Senior Integrator requirement is suspended indefinitely as a School-level requirement. No junior/senior integrator course is required for chemistry majors.

Area IIIC Physical and Biological Sciences  PHYS-P201 and PHYS-P202 (recommended PHYS 15200 and PHYS 25100). Also, at least two additional courses outside chemistry having a laboratory component, which may be chosen from, for example, biology, geology, or physics.

Area IIID Mathematical Sciences  MATH 22100 and MATH 22200 (recommended MATH 16500 and MATH 16600). One computer science course is also required.

Note: Computer Science CSCI-N100 level courses and CIT 10600 do not count for any credit toward any degree in the School of Science. Also, CSCI-N241 and CSCI-N299 do not count in Area IIID, but may count as a general elective.

Area IV Chemistry Concentration Requirements  CHEM-C105, CHEM-C125, CHEM-C106, CHEM-C126, CHEM-C310, CHEM-C311, CHEM-C341, CHEM-C342, CHEM-C343, CHEM-C344, CHEM-C360 (recommended CHEM-C361), CHEM-C410, CHEM-C411 and CHEM-C494. Recommended CHEM-C484. A total of 33 credit hours of chemistry courses are required. The Department requires a minimum grade of C in all chemistry courses (C- grades are unacceptable).

Bachelor of Arts Preprofessional Chemistry Major Sample Program (124 cr. required):

Freshman Year
First Semester
SCI-I120 Windows on Science 1
CHEM-C105 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM-C125 Experimental Chemistry I 2
MATH 22100 Calculus for Technology I 3
ENG-W131 Elementary Composition I 3
HIST-H114 History of Western Civilization II or HIST-H109 Perspectives on the World: 1800 to Present 3
Total 15
Second Semester
CHEM-C106 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM-C126 Experimental Chemistry II 2
MATH 22200 Calculus for Technology II 3
PHYS-P201 General Physics I 5
Second composition course 3
Total 16
Sophomore Year
Third Semester
CHEM-C341 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM-C343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
PHYS-P202 General Physics II 5
COMM-R110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Foreign Language I 3
Total 16
Fourth Semester
CHEM-C342 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM-C344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
CSCI course 3
Physical or biological science elective 5
Foreign Language II 3
Total 16
Junior Year
Fifth Semester
Physical or Biological Science Elective 5
Foreign Language III 4
Humanities-List H 3
Elective 3
Total 15
Sixth Semester
CHEM-C310 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM-C311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM-C494 Introduction to Capstone 1
Comparative World Cultures-List C 3
Social Sciences-List S 3
Elective 3
Total 14
Senior Year
Seventh Semester
CHEM-C410 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation 3
CHEM-C411 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation Lab 2
Electives 12
Total 17
Eighth Semester
CHEM-C360 Elementary Physical Chemistry 3
Electives 12
CAND 99100 Candidate for Graduation 0
Total 15