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Chemistry Major(comprehensive liberal arts
Biochemistry Concentration
Chemistry Minor



Timothy E. Cummings, Professor
James W. Lane, Associate Professor, Chair
Melissa J. Nelsen, Associate Professor
Christine N. Polkinghorne, Lecturer
Michael A. Waxman, Associate Professor

The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students may take sufficient additional chemistry courses to prepare for graduate school and to meet requirements of the American Chemical Society to have transcripts marked "ACS-certified Major (General Option)".

Chemistry Major (comprehensive liberal arts)
56 credits

All grades in required courses for the major must be C or higher, except that two grades of C- may be counted toward the major. No minor is required.

Required courses:

CHEM 105 5 credits
CHEM 106 4 credits
CHEM 205/206 5 credits
CHEM 266 3 credits
CHEM 320/322/327 6 credits
CHEM 321/323 5 credits
CHEM 345/347 5 credits
CHEM 366 or 360 3 credits
CHEM 481 or 491 or 496 1 credit
CHEM 497 1 credit
MATH 240/241 8 credits
PHYS 201 or PHYS 107/205 and PHYS 202 or PHYS 108/206 10 credits

TOTAL 56 credits

Recommended: MATH 242


1. Secondary Education: Chemistry majors seeking certification to teach high school chemistry should choose CHEM 366. These students also must meet the Professional Education requirements, including a course in the history and philosophy of science (PHYS 300). See the Teacher Education section of this catalog, the teacher education handbook, and consult with your advisors in Chemistry and Teacher Education.

2. Professional Chemistry option: This option is recommended for students considering graduate school in chemistry or employment as a professional chemist. The additional coursework provides the student with a stronger theoretical and practical foundation upon which to build. In addition to the core required courses for the comprehensive liberal arts degree, students must also complete:

a. CHEM 346/348 5 credits

b. CHEM 375/376 5 credits

Students who successfully complete the professional chemistry option will have this indicated on their transcript.

3. American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified option: This option is recommended especially for students who plan to attend graduate school in chemistry as well as for students desiring additional theoretical and laboratory training in specialized areas of chemistry. In addition to the core required courses for the comprehensive liberal arts degree, students must also complete:

a. CHEM 346/348 5 credits

b. CHEM 375/376 5 credits

c. CHEM 360 and 366 3 additional credits

d. CHEM 367 1 credit

e. A total of 7 credits of 400-level courses in Chemistry (including one laboratory credit). Choose from CHEM 420, 462, 465, 481, 491 and 496.

A student who maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.000 for the aforementioned coursework is eligible to have his or her transcript marked "ACS-certified (General Option)" and to receive a certificate from the American Chemical Society indicating receipt of an ACS-certified degree.

Biochemistry Concentration

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes occurring in living organisms. The Biochemistry concentration is well-suited for students interested in careers in biotechnology, environmental health, toxicology, medicine and the pharmaceutical industry.

A biochemistry concentration equivalent to the biochemistry major recommended by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology requires:

All Chemistry Major (Liberal Arts) requirements, including CHEM 360. Plus 25-30 credits from:

CHEM 462/465
BIOL 111
BIOL 112
BIOL 330
BIOL 355
BIOL 440

Recommended: CHEM 346/348

The addition of BIOL 340 will complete a Biology minor.

Chemistry Minor

A minimum of 22 credits of Chemistry, including: CHEM 105, CHEM 106.

Remaining credits must be obtained by completing one of the following sequences:

CHEM 205, 206, 312, 313, and either 300 or 360 (total 22)

CHEM 205, 206, 312, 313, 345/347 (total 24)

CHEM 320-323, 327, and either 205/206 or 266 or 300 or 360 (total 23-25)

See Course Descriptions for more information on required courses.