Degree Programs

The Majors

Bachelor of Science Requirements

CHEM 131–132
CHEM 231–232
CHEM 330, 331, 332, 431, 445
One additional course numbered above 300
CHEM 378 Chemistry Research, 1-3  credits depending on degree track. Students must register for at least 1 credit no later than May Term of the junior year.
CHEM 394, four semesters of chemistry seminar
CHEM 476 Senior Research and Capstone Report or CHEM 478 Senior Research and Thesis

Related Field Requirements

MATH 119 or 121
MATH 122 ( Also recommended: MATH 221 and 235
or 241)
PHYS 220–221 or PHYS 231-232. ( Also recommended: PHYS 233)

The ACS-Approved Major

The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). To be certified as having met the requirements for professional training in chemistry established by the Committee for Professional Training of the ACS, a student must complete the following courses in addition to completing the Bachelor of Science requirements and related field requirements described above: CHEM 320, a minimum of three credits of CHEM 378, and one credit of CHEM 478 (typically taken in the senior year) in addition to completion of all of the requirements described for the major. 

The Minor

To earn a minor in chemistry students must complete the following courses:

CHEM 131–132
CHEM 231–232

At least two other courses (totaling at least 6 credits), at least one of which must be a lab course, chosen from the following: lab: CHEM 301, 320, 330, 331, 360 , 431. Non-lab: CHEM 332, 420, 425, 445.


MATH 119 or higher

Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Chemistry

To earn a minor in Environmental Chemistry students must complete the following courses:

Core Courses

Take 4 courses (16 credits):

  • EVST 100
  • CHEM 131–132
  • CHEM 231


Environmental Systems (each of the courses includes a laboratory and fieldwork component)

Take 1 course (3-4 credits):

  • EVST-290
  • EVST-391
  • CHEM-360
  • CHEM-312

Chemistry Electives (select one each from Chemistry and Environmental Studies or Biology)

Take 2 courses (8 credits):

Choose one from Chemistry:

  • CHEM-301
  • CHEM-320
  • CHEM-330
  • CHEM-332
  • CHEM-445


Choose one from Environmental Studies or Biology

  • BIOL-331
  • BIOL-336
  • BIOL-340
  • BIOL-346
  • EVST-220
  • EVST-242
  • EVST-245
  • EVST-254
  • EVST-305
  • EVST-392
  • A second course from the Environmental Systems list may be substituted for one of the Electives courses provided it is not the same department as the first Environmental Systems course taken.





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