Chemistry has been called the “central science” because an understanding of it is necessary for study in the fields of biology, astronomy, earth science, and physics. Chemistry is also fundamental to interdisciplinary fields such as biochemistry, ecology, medicine, pharmacology, and environmental toxicology. The department offers CHEM 101, which meets General Education requirements and educates the student not only in basic chemical principles, but also in how chemistry impacts the planet.
The core requirements of the chemistry major include a year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry (Quantitative Analysis and Instrumental Analysis), and physical chemistry. The remaining requirements give the student a foundation in related fields and provide breadth. In addition to classroom requirements, it is strongly recommended that students complete a special project during their junior or senior year. This may involve collaboration with one of the science faculty in a research project, an off-campus internship in industry, or a project in which the student pursues one of his/her own ideas.
The chemistry major is excellent preparation for graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental studies. Students who attend graduate school and obtain a master’s or doctoral degree may find employment at a university or in the private or government sectors. The chemistry major is also excellent for students planning to attend professional school in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, medical technology, forensic science, or pharmacology.
Examples of careers students pursue after graduation include entry-level positions as a research or laboratory technician, in governmental or industrial technical support, in management (when coupled with a major or minor in business management), or in teaching at the secondary level. It is highly recommended that students desiring employment immediately after graduation complete an internship in the private or government sector before graduation.
Note: Entry requirements differ among graduate schools and jobs. Students are responsible to research the requirements of graduate programs and professions in which they are interested.
- A student must complete all prerequisites for a BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or better before taking the course (except as noted in the course description).
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major must be maintained.
- A student must complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
|BIOC 380||Biochemistry I||4|
|BIOL 496||Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 1||3|
|CHEM 151||General Chemistry I 2, 3||4|
|CHEM 152||General Chemistry II 3||4|
& CHEM 261
|Organic Chemistry - Theory I|
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
& CHEM 262
|Organic Chemistry - Theory II|
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
& CHEM 310
|Quantitative Chemical Analysis - Theory|
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis - Laboratory
& CHEM 330
|Instrumental Analysis - Theory|
and Instrumental Analysis - Lab
& CHEM 411
|Physical Chemistry I|
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
& CHEM 412
|Physical Chemistry II|
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
|CHEM 461||Inorganic Chemistry||3|
|Select at least 6 units from the following:||6|
|Chemical Science Internship 4|
|Advanced Organic Chemistry|
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry|
|Directed Research 4|
|Ordinary Differential Equations|
|MATH 165||Calculus I 3||3|
|MATH 166||Calculus II 3||3|
|MATH 167||Sequences and Series||1|
|Select one of the following:||8-10|
|Physics for Life Sciences I|
and Physics for Life Sciences II 2, 3
|Physics for Science and Engineering I|
and Physics for Science and Engineering II 2, 3
Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.
Meets the General Education Natural Science requirement.
This course may be waived with an appropriate Advanced Placement test score. Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.
Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.