Degree Programs

The Major

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Core Courses
CHEM 131 General Chemistry
CHEM 132 General Chemistry 
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry 
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry 
CHEM 330 Analytical Chemistry 
CHEM 331 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 332 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 445 Inorganic Chemistry
One additional 3-4 credit course numbered above 300

Capstone courses
CHEM 378 Chemistry Research (1-3 credits depending on degree track). Students must register for at least 1 credit of CHEM 378 no later than the May Term of the junior year.
CHEM 394 Chemistry Seminar, three semesters
CHEM 431 Advanced Chemistry Lab
CHEM 476 Senior Research and Capstone Report (1) or CHEM 478 Senior Research and Thesis (1)
(typically taken in the spring of the senior year)
CHEM 494 Communication in Chemistry

Related Field Requirements 
MATH 119 Integrated Calculus II or MATH 121 Calculus I 
MATH 122 Calculus II 
Choose one of the following:
PHYS 220 Fundamentals of Physics I and PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics II or PHYS 231 General Physics I and PHYS 232 General Physics II

MATH 221 Calculus III 
MATH 235 Differential Equations 
MATH 241 Linear Algebra 
PHYS 233 General Physics III 

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 also take CHEM 320, a minimum of three credits of CHEM 378, and 1 credit of CHEM 478 (typically taken in spring of their senior year) in addition to completing all of the Bachelor of Science requirements and related field requirements described earlier.

The Minor

Students may not pursue minors in both Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. To earn a minor in chemistry, students must complete the following courses:

CHEM 131 General Chemistry I 
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II 
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 
At least two other courses above 300 totaling at least 6 credits. One of these courses must be a laboratory course.

Acceptable laboratory courses include:
CHEM 301 Quantitative Chemistry and Analysis
CHEM 312 Advanced Environmental Chemistry 
CHEM 320 Biochemistry 
CHEM 330 Analytical Chemistry 
CHEM 331 Physical Chemistry I 
CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry Field Experience and Modeling 
CHEM 431 Advanced Laboratory 

Acceptable non-laboratory courses include:
CHEM 332 Physical Chemistry II 
CHEM 420 Advanced Biochemistry 
CHEM 425 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 445 Inorganic Chemistry 

B. Mathematics 
MATH 119 Integrated Calculus II 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 Introduction to Environmental Studies 
  • CHEM 131–132 General Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I

Environmental Systems (each of the courses includes a laboratory and fieldwork component). Selected one each from Chemistry and Environmental Studies. 

  • CHEM 312 Advanced Environmental Chemistry (4) OR CHEM 311 Environmental Chemistry Field Experience and Modeling (3) OR CHEM 330 Analytical Chemistry (4) OR CHEM 301 Quantitative Chemistry and Analysis (4)
  • EVST 290 Environmental Geology (4) OR EVST 391 Environmental Hydrology (4) OR EVST 220 Physical Geography OR EVST 392 Oceanography (4) OR EVST 305 Ecology for Environmental Scientists (4).

Select one additional course from the list below. 

  • CHEM 332 Physical Chemistry II, CHEM 445 Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 320 Biochemistry, EVST 245 Marine Environmental Studies, EVST 254 Climate Disruption: Science and Sustainability, EVST 242 Food and Nature, BIOL 336 Botany, BIOL 340 Conservation Biology, BIOL 331 Ecology, BIOL 346 Aquatic Biology and MATH 231.

A third course from the Environmental Systems list may be substituted for the Elective course.



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