Chemistry Major

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry
To earn the major in chemistry a student will complete one of the three concentrations (biochemistry, health professions, or professional) below while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 within the major. Students double-majoring in chemistry and another science major such as biology or physics should consult with the Chemistry Department chair for specific requirements since some courses taken in one major program may satisfy requirements in the other major.

Professional Concentration

Requirements for the professional concentration include:

 CHE100 First Semester Seminar in Chemistry
 CHE111, 112 Principles of Chemistry I, II
 CHE211, 212 Organic Chemistry I, II
 CHE311, 312 Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis
 CHE315, 316 Physical Chemistry I, II
 CHE391, 392 Junior Seminar I, II
 CHE411 Inorganic Chemistry
 CHE491, 492 Senior Seminar I, II
 MAT141, 142 Calculus I, II
 MAT223 Calculus III
 PHY121, 122 Introductory Physics I, II

 
Eight credits from the following:
CHE341, 37x, 47x or approved courses in any science or mathematics at the 200 level or higher.

Biochemistry Concentration
Requirements for the biochemistry concentration include:

 CHE100 First Semester Seminar in Chemistry
 CHE111, 112 Principles of Chemistry I, II
 CHE211, 212 Organic Chemistry I, II
 CHE311, 312 Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis
 CHE315 Physical Chemistry I
 CHE341 Biochemistry
 CHE391, 392 Junior Seminar I, II
 CHE491, 492 Senior Seminar I, II
 BIO150 Biology I: Cells and Genetics
 MAT141, 142 Calculus I, II
 MAT223 Calculus III
 PHY121, 122 Introductory Physics I, II

In addition, twelve credits of electives need to be taken.  At least one of the following two courses needs to be included: 

 BIO316 Modern Genetics
 BIO321 Molecular Cell Biology

and with the additional credits from the following courses.
BIO312, BIO314, BIO316, BIO321, CHE37x, CHE47x or approved courses or research experiences.

Health Professions Concentration
Chemistry is a popular choice of major for many students entering medicine or other health professions. The chemistry major prepares students to appreciate aspects of human health and disease from the molecular level on up. Chemistry majors develop a strong foundation in health-related areas such as biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology.  A strong proficiency in quantitative reasoning arises from the mathematical emphasis of the major. By completing the chemistry major and selected tracks in the Health Professions Concentration described under “Academic Programs—Health Professions Program,” students are prepared for applying to programs such as medical, optometry, pharmacy, nursing, and physician’s assistant programs.

Contact Prof. Irv Levy, Chair, Department of Chemistry, for additional information.

Honors in Chemistry
To earn honors in chemistry a student will complete the professional concentration, including CHE471, 472 Research I, II as the electives, along with 12 credits of coursework from one of the three honors tracks listed below. In addition, the student will write an honors thesis based on work done in CHE471, 472 and make a formal oral presentation of this work. The minimum GPA for honors candidates is 3.5 in the major and 3.0 overall. See department faculty for details.

  Physical Sciences Honors Track
  PHY214 Mathematical Methods in Physics I
  8 credits of physical science, mathematics or computer science electives
  Life Sciences Honors Track
  BIO321 Molecular Cell Biology and Microscopy
  CHE341 Biochemistry
  4-credit life science elective
  Individually Designed Honors Track
  A 12-credit program in a chemistry-related area of special interest,

  designed by the student and approved by the chemistry faculty.

Requirements for the Double Major with Middle School or Secondary Education
Students pursuing licensure in middle school or secondary education and chemistry will substitute CHE341 Biochemistry for CHE411 Inorganic Chemistry, and may use education courses to satisfy the requirement of eight credits of chemistry electives for the professional concentration. See Chemistry and Education Department chairs for other required courses.