Curriculum

Required Major Courses

General Chemistry

CHEM 2070-2080 or CHEM 2150
Admission to CHEM 2150 requires a 5 on the Chemistry Advanced Placement Exam, a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate Chemistry Exam, or the permission of the course’s instructor.

Organic Chemistry

CHEM 3570-3580 or CHEM 3590-3600 or CHEM 3530
Students who are planning for graduate study in chemistry or for a career as a chemist or a healthcare professional are strongly advised to take one of the two-semester sequences. CHEM 3570-3580 or CHEM 3590-3600 are required for the Honors Curriculum.

Physical Chemistry

CHEM 3890-3900 or CHEM 2870
Students who are planning for graduate study in chemistry or for a career as a chemist are strongly advised to take CHEM 3890-3900. CHEM 3890-3900 is required for the Honors Curriculum. Students taking CHEM 3890-3900 are also required to take a semester of Multivariable Calculus or Linear Algebra (MATH 1920; MATH 2130, MATH 2220, MATH 2210, MATH 2310, MATH 2940).

Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 4100

Core Laboratories

CHEM 2510
CHEM 2900 or CHEM 3030
Students who are planning for graduate study in chemistry or a career as a chemist are advised to take CHEM 3030. CHEM 3030 is required for the honors curriculum.

Mathematics

MATH 1110-1120 (AP credit may substitute for one or both courses) or 4 AP credits + MATH 1910

Physics

PHYS 2207-2208 or PHYS 1112-2213 or PHYS 1116-2217.
AP credit may be substituted for one or both of the courses in these sequences. PHYS 1101-1102 is NOT acceptable.

Laboratory Requirement

A total of eight laboratory credits (including core laboratories) is required. This requirement may be met by taking CHEM 3010 and CHEM 3020 or by taking laboratory courses outside of chemistry that are approved electives. Credits for independent research (CHEM 4210, CHEM 4330, CHEM 4610, or CHEM 4770) do NOT count toward the laboratory requirement. The honors curriculum requires CHEM 3010 and CHEM 3020. This sequence is strongly advised for students planning graduate study in chemistry or a career as a chemist. 

Electives

For a complete list of approved chemistry electives, please contact the Chemistry Undergraduate Office. Some courses may not be offered every year. Some courses may have prerequisites that do not count toward chemistry elective credits.

Syllabi

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Biological Focus Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • Chemistry 2070: General Chemistry 1

  • Math 1110*: Calculus 1

Spring Semester

  • Chemistry 2080: General Chemistry 2
  • Math 1120*: Calculus 2

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • Chemistry 3570: Organic Chemistry 1
  • Chemistry 2510: Introduction to Organic Lab
  • Physics 2207*: General Physics 1

Spring Semester

  • Chemistry 3580: Organic Chemistry 2
  • Chemistry 3010*: Synthetic Chemistry Lab or 4 credit Chemistry Elective Lab
  • Physics 2208*: General Physics 2

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • Chemistry 2870: Physical Chemistry 1
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • Chemistry 2900*: Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
  • Chemistry 3880: Physical Chemistry of Solutions, Moving Charges, and Spectroscopy
  • Elective
  • Elective

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • Chemistry 4100: Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 4980*: Honors Seminar
  • Elective

*Please note the following about the above content:

  • Possible sequences for the chemistry elective lab: Chemistry 2900, 3010 and Other Lab or Chemistry 2900, 3010, and 3020
  • Possible sequences for math: Math 1110 and Math 1120 or Math 1120 and AP Calculus Credit or Math 1910 and AP Calculus Credit
  • Possible sequences for physics: Physics 2207 and 2208 or Physics 1112 and Physics 2213 or Physics 1116 and Physics 2217
  • Research is needed for enrollment into Chemistry 4980; 4980 is an optional course that is utilized towards the Research Latin Honors Degree.
  • A career max of 4 research credits can be counted as electives

Physical Focus Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • Chemistry 2070: General Chemistry 1
  • Math 1110*: Calculus 1

Spring Semester

  • Chemistry 2080: General Chemisty 2
  • Math 1120*: Calculus 2

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • Chemistry 3530: Principles of Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 2510: Introduction to Organic Lab
  • Physics 1112*: General Physics 2

Spring Semester

  • Chemistry 4100: Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physics 2213*: General Physics 2
  • Math 2220* or Elective*

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • Chemistry 3890: Quantum Mechanics
  • Chemistry 3020: Physical/Analytical Lab 1
  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • Chemistry 3900: Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics
  • Chemistry 3030: Physical/Analytical Lab 2
  • Elective

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • Chemistry 4980*: Honors Seminar
  • Elective

*Please note the following about the above content:

  • Possible sequences for the chemistry elective lab: Chemistry 2900, 3010 and Other Lab or Chemistry 2900, 3010, and 3020
  • Possible sequences for math: Math 1110 and Math 1120 or Math 1120 and AP Calculus Credit or Math 1910 and AP Calculus Credit
  • Possible sequences for physics: Physics 2207 and 2208 or Physics 1112 and Physics 2213 or Physics 1116 and Physics 2217
  • Research is needed for enrollment into Chemistry 4980; 4980 is an optional course that is utilized towards the Research Latin Honors Degree.
  • A career max of 4 research credits can be counted as electives

Honors Curriculum

Semester Accelerated Sequence Standard Sequence
Freshman Year    
Fall Chem 2150: Honors Gen Chem Chem 2070: Gen Chem
Spring Chem 3590: Honors Org Chem
Chem 2510:  Org Chem Lab
    (or following Fall)
Chem 2080: Gen Chem

 

Sophomore Year    
Fall  Chem 3600: Honors Org Chem Chem 3570: Org Chem
Chem 2510: Org Chem Lab
Spring Chem 4100: Inorg Chem
Chem 3010: Honors Org Chem Lab
Chem 3580: Org Chem
Chem 3010: Honors Org Chem Lab
Junior Year    
Fall Chem 3890*: Honors Phys Chem
Chem 3020: Honors Analytical Lab
Chem 3890*: Honors Phys Chem
Chem 3020: Honors Analytical Lab
Spring

Chem 3900: Honors Phys Chem
Chem 3030: Honors Phys Chem Lab

Chem 3900: Honors Phys Chem
Chem 3030: Honors Phys Chem Lab
Chem 4100: Inorg Chem 
(or following Spring)

Senior Year: Electives   

*Chem 3890-3900 has a prerequisite of one semester of multivariable calculus: Math 1920, Math 2130, or Math 2220. This math course is therefore required for the honors curriculum.

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