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.
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|
|CHE491, 492||Senior Seminar I, II|
|MAT141, 142||Calculus I, II|
|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.
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. irv.levygordon.edu
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|
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.