Chemistry

Students must earn a C- or higher in all prerequisite courses in order to register for a chemistry or ancillary course.

Requirements for a Major in Chemistry

Core(46 credits)
CH-120
CH-121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
CH-201
CH-202
Organic Chemistry I (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
6
CH-203
CH-204
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CH-301
CH-302
Physical Chemistry I (Lecture Only)
and Physical Chemistry II (Lecture Only)
6
CH-260Chemistry Literature Seminar1
CH-303Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2
CH-210Chemical Analysis: an Introduction to Modern Methods5
CH-475Chemistry Seminar2
Plus a minimum of 12 credits at the 300 level or above, at least one of which must be a lab course. Internships and Independent Study may contribute no more than 3 credits toward this requirement.12
Ancillary Courses(16 credits)
MA-200
MA-201
Calculus I
and Calculus II
8
PY-241
PY-242
Physics I (Mechanics)
and Physics II (electricity, Magnetism and Optics)
8
Total Credits62

To complete a chemistry degree certified by the American Chemical Society, students should complete all of the requirements for the Chemistry Major, plus CH-340, CH-410, CH-470, CH-492, and one of the following:  CH-335, CH-350, CH-355, CH-411, CH-435, CH-450, or CH-295.  By completing 6 credits of CH-492, students will also be eligible for Chemistry Honors. 

Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASCFirst-Year Seminar 3
EN-101 College Writing I 3
CH-120 General Chemistry I 4
MA-200 Calculus I (LASC QR or Math according to accuplacer score) 1 4
LASCDistribution Elective 3
 Credits17
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II 3
LASCU.S. Constitution 3
CH-121 General Chemistry II 4
MA-201 Calculus II (LASC QR or Math according to accuplacer score) 1 4
LASCDistribution Elective 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Semester Three
CH-201 Organic Chemistry I (lecture) 3
CH-203 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
PY-241 Physics I (Mechanics) (LASC NSP, QLAC) 1,2 4
CH-210
Chemical Analysis: an Introduction to Modern Methods (LASC WAC) 3
or Calculus I
4-5
LASCDistribution Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Four
CH-202 Organic Chemistry II (lecture) 3
CH-204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
CH-260 Chemistry Literature Seminar 1
PY-242 Physics II (electricity, Magnetism and Optics) (LASC NSP) 1,2 4
CH3XX/4XXChemistry Upper-level Elective or Calculus II (if not taken previously) 3-4
LASCDistribution Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Year Three
Semester Five
CH-301 Physical Chemistry I (Lecture Only) 3
CH-303 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 2
LASCDistribution Elective or Chemical Analysis (if not taken previously) 4 5
SELECTFree Elective 3
SELECTFree Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Six
CH-302 Physical Chemistry II (Lecture Only) 3
CH3XX/4XXChemistry Upper Level Elective 3-4
LASCDistribution Elective 3
LASCDistribution Elective 3
SELECTFree Elective 3
 Credits15-16
Year Four
Semester Seven
CH-475 Chemistry Seminar 5 2
CH3XX/4XXChemistry Upper Level Elective 3-4
LASCDistribution Elective 3
SELECTFree Elective 3
SELECTFree Elective 3
 Credits14-15
Semester Eight
CH3XX/4XXChemistry Upper Level Elective 3-4
SELECTFree Elective (Chemistry or other) 3-4
SELECTFree Elective (Chemistry or other) 3-4
SELECTFree Elective 3
 Credits12-15
 Total Credits123-130

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.