Chemistry and Biochemistry Major Requirements

2022 - 2023 Catalog

We have the following degrees:

Biochemistry major leading to BS degree

The major in biochemistry leading to a Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of 54 credits as follows:

  1. BIOL 111 and 113; CHEM 110 or 109/115, 211, 241 or 240/245, 242 or 244/246, 243, 250, 260, 341, 342, 343, 344; MATH 101 and 102; PHYS 111
  2. Two additional courses totaling at least six credits chosen from the following. Only one 400-level course may count toward the major.
    BIOL 201, 211S or 230, 220, 223, 225, 250, 285, 310, 350, 385, and when the topic is appropriate and approved by the chemistry department head, BIOL 423
    CHEM 345, and when the topic is appropriate and approved by the chemistry department head, CHEM 298, 299, 399, 403, 423, 473, or 493
    NEUR 395 or 423, when the topic is appropriate and approved by the chemistry department head
  3. Completion of the Major Field Test in Chemistry.
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    • CHEM 109 - General Chemistry
      FDRSC
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      A foundational course for those pursuing upper-level chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental vocabulary, concepts, and principles that appear throughout the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum are introduced. Topics include basic chemistry calculations, quantum mechanics in chemistry, molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics This course is equivalent to the lecture portion of Chem 110.


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    • CHEM 115 - General Chemistry Laboratory
      FDRSL (when combined with CHEM 109)
      Credits1
      Prerequisiteor corequisite: CHEM 109

      This course is equivalent to the laboratory portion of CHEM 110. A range of spectroscopic methods including UV-Vis, Atomic Absorption, and XRF are employed in this laboratory. Laboratory course with fee.


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  3. Two additional courses totaling at least six credits chosen from the following.
  4. Only one 400-level course may count toward the major.

  5. Completion of the Major Field Test in Chemistry.
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Chemistry major leading to BA degree

The major in chemistry leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 48 credits as follows:

  1. CHEM 110 or 109/115, 211, 241 or 240/245, 242 or 244/246, 243, 250, 260 or 261, 341; MATH 101, 102; PHYS 111, 112
  2. Six additional credits chosen from biology, chemistry (numbered 200 or above), geology or physics (numbered 200 or above)
  3. Completion of the Major Field Test in Chemistry.
  1. Required courses
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    • CHEM 109 - General Chemistry
      FDRSC
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      A foundational course for those pursuing upper-level chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental vocabulary, concepts, and principles that appear throughout the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum are introduced. Topics include basic chemistry calculations, quantum mechanics in chemistry, molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics This course is equivalent to the lecture portion of Chem 110.


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    • CHEM 115 - General Chemistry Laboratory
      FDRSL (when combined with CHEM 109)
      Credits1
      Prerequisiteor corequisite: CHEM 109

      This course is equivalent to the laboratory portion of CHEM 110. A range of spectroscopic methods including UV-Vis, Atomic Absorption, and XRF are employed in this laboratory. Laboratory course with fee.


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  3. Six additional credits chosen from biology, chemistry (numbered 200 or above), geology or physics (numbered 200 or above)
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  5. Completion of the Major Field Test in Chemistry.
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Chemistry major leading to BS degree

The major in chemistry leading to a Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of at least 55 credits in the sciences and mathematics including the following:

  1. CHEM 110 or 109/115, 211, 241 or 240/245, 242 or 244/246, 243, 250, 260, 261, 341; MATH 101, 102, 221; PHYS 111, 112
  2. Two courses chosen from CHEM 342, 347, 350, 365, 399, 403, 473, 493; only one 400-level course may count toward the major
  3. Completion of the Major Field Test in Chemistry.

Students planning for graduate work in chemistry should consult a chemistry faculty member by the end of the first year regarding suggested additional math and chemistry courses. Students may earn the American Chemical Society certified degree by completing more laboratory work. Consult the department head for details.

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    • CHEM 109 - General Chemistry
      FDRSC
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      A foundational course for those pursuing upper-level chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental vocabulary, concepts, and principles that appear throughout the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum are introduced. Topics include basic chemistry calculations, quantum mechanics in chemistry, molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics This course is equivalent to the lecture portion of Chem 110.


    • AND

    • CHEM 115 - General Chemistry Laboratory
      FDRSL (when combined with CHEM 109)
      Credits1
      Prerequisiteor corequisite: CHEM 109

      This course is equivalent to the laboratory portion of CHEM 110. A range of spectroscopic methods including UV-Vis, Atomic Absorption, and XRF are employed in this laboratory. Laboratory course with fee.


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  4. Completion of the Major Field Test in Chemistry
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