Chemistry Requirements


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 >>

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.

Students may prepare for the Health Professions via any of the Chemistry concentrations; however, the Biochemistry concentration is most common. Additional courses required for a Health Professions concentration are:

BIO 150        Biology I: Cells and Genetics 4 credits
BIO 151        Biology II: Animal Biology 4 credits
HLP 200       Health Professions Seminar I 0 credits
HLP 201       Health Professions Seminar II 0 credits
HLP 300       Health Professions Seminar III 0 credits
HLP 301       Health Professions Seminar IV 2 credits
Two semesters of writing  

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.