Paths to the Major

Chemistry Major (Chemistry 120 Advent 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 first semester.   The chemistry faculty is available to help customize this framework to meet each students educational goals.





Chemistry 120
Math 102 OR 1021
General Education/Elective2
General Education/Elective3

Chemistry 201
Math 102 OR 207
General Education/Elective
General Education/Elective


Chemistry 202
Physics 101
General Education/Elective4
General Education/Elective

Chemistry 211
Physics 102
General Education/Elective
General Education/Elective


Chemistry 307
Chemistry 311

General Education/Elective

Chemistry 301 (1/2 course)5
Chemistry 308
Chemistry 352


Chemistry 4XX (Adv Chem Course)6

Chemistry 401 (1/2 course)5


  1. 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).   
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Completion of a research based thesis is a requirement for Honors.
  5. 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.
  6. 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