Paths to the Major

Honors Chemistry Major (Chemistry 120 Easter Semester Start)

The honors chemistry major is ideal preparation for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in chemistry or entering the chemical industry. It is also excellent preparation for a diverse array of other careers after graduation, including forensics, law, business, consulting, education and the health professions.

The following schedule is meant as an example of how a student might progress through the chemistry major conveniently and efficiently, beginning with General Chemistry (Chemistry 120) in the second semester. The chemistry faculty is available to help customize this framework to meet each student’s educational goals.

YearFall SemesterSpring Semester
Freshman General Education/ Chemistry 1001
Math 101 or 1022
General Education/Elective3
General Education/Elective4
Chemistry 120
Math 102 or 207
General Education/Elective
General Education/Elective
Sophomore General Education/Elective
Physics 101
General Education/Elective5
General Education/Elective
Chemistry 201
Physics 102
Chemistry 494 (1/2 course)5
General Education/Elective
Junior Chemistry 202
Chemistry 494 (1/2 course)

General Education/Elective
General Education/Elective
Chemistry  211
Chemistry 301 (1/2 course)6
Chemistry 308
Chemistry 494 (1/2 course)
General Education/Elective
Senior Chemistry 307
Chemistry 311
Chemistry 4xx (Adv Chem Course)7
Chemistry 494 (1/2 course)
Chemistry 352
Chemistry 401 (1/2 course)6
Chemistry 4yy (Adv Chem Course)7
Chemistry 494 (1/2 course)


  1.  Students with limited prior knowledge of chemistry may benefit from taking Foundations of Chemistry (Chemistry 100).  Please consult a member of the Department for guidance.
  2. Math placement will be determined by the mathematics department. While Math 207 is not required for the chemistry major, it is strongly recommended.  Students interested in the physical/materials areas of chemistry would also benefit from a course in differntial equations (Math 212) and linear algebra (Math 210).
  3. Students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions will need to take a minimum of two Biology courses with laboratory as electives. Courses in Biology will also be helpful to students wishing to pursue advanced study in biochemistry, chemical biology, or biomedical areas.
  4. The general education requirements (shown below) should be completed by the end of the junior year. Additionally, two physical education courses must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  5. Completion of a research based thesis is a requirement for Honors.  Researrch of suffiicient scope and quality typically takes multiple years to complete, working both during the academic year for credit (Chemistry 494) and the summer (support for summer research is often available) is strongly recommended in order to complete this requirement.
  6. For both Chemistry 301 and 401, students are required to attend departmental seminars throughout the year and give at least one seminar each year. Registration for credit occurs during the spring semester of each year.
  7. The advanced chemistry electives are selected based on the student’s interests and may taken in either semester of the junior or senior year.  If the student if preparing for graduate studies in chemistry, Chemistry 422 (Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy) is particularly appropriate for one of these elective courses.

General Education Requirements:

  • G1:  Reading Closely: Literary Analysis and Interpretation (1 course)
  • G2:  Understanding the Arts:  Creativity, Performance, and Interpretation (1 course)
  • G3:  Seeking Meaning:  Wisdom, Truth, and Inquiry (1 course)
  • G4:  Exploring Past and Present:  Prespectives on Societies and Cultures (2 courses)
  • G5:  Observing, Experimenting, and Modelling:  The Scientific and Quantitative View  (3 courses, one with E and one with Q designation)
  • G6:  Comprehending Cross-Culturally:  Language and Global Studies  (LANG 300, or LANG 203 plus related cultural course).
  • Two physical education courses