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    May 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Chemistry Major (BS)

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Nearly all courses in chemistry are sequential and have prerequisites. Careful planning is necessary if students are to take full advantage of other options available to them at a liberal arts college. A decision to major in chemistry should be made as early as possible. A student wishing to major in chemistry should consult with one or more of the chemistry faculty.

Chemistry students may choose to complete a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Chemistry. Both of these degrees can satisfy the American Chemical Society (ACS) certification standards.

For students desiring to work as a chemist in industry or attend graduate school, the BS pathway is appropriate and requires a research experience. Graduates are certified by the American Chemical Society. The following courses constitute the minimum requirement.


Major Requirements

Gateway courses:

Students must complete either General Chemistry I and II or Advanced General Chemistry.

Mathematics courses:

Advanced courses and research experience (12 credits):

Students must complete at least 4 credits in advanced coursework and 4 credits in research.

Advanced courses:

Note: An advanced course in biology, mathematics, or physics may be substituted for an advanced chemistry course with departmental approval.

Research experience:

  • CHEM 3965 - Intermediate Research
  • CHEM 4010 - Collaborative Research (summer)
  • CHEM 5965 - Advanced Research

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