Paths to the Major

Chemistry Major (Chemistry 120 Easter Semester Start)

The standard chemistry major is ideal preparation for students interested in diverse careers after graduation including professional chemist, forensics, law, business, consulting, education and the health professions. Students interested in the advanced study of chemistry can be successful with this course of study but may wish to consider an Honors track, as it will offer a more detailed background in the chemical sciences.

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, with or without Chemistry 100.   The chemistry faculty is available to help customize this framework to meet each students educational goals.

YearFirst SemesterSecond 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
General Education/Elective
Junior Chemistry 202

Chemistry 211
Chemistry 308
Chemistry  3016
Senior Chemistry 307
Chemistry 311


Chemistry 352
Chemistry 4xx7
Chemistry 4016


  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. Students, especially those interested in graduate study of chemistry, are strongly encouraged to collaborate with a faculty member on a research project during the academic year. This can be done for academic credit (full or half course) by registering for Chemistry 494.   Completion of a research based thesis is a requirement for Honors.
  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 elective is selected based on the student’s interests and may taken in either semester of the junior or senior year. More than one of these courses can be taken if desired (two must be taken for Honors).

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