The Department of Chemistry offers several programs for students wishing to major in chemistry. While the basic requirements of each of the programs is detailed in the Bulletin of the College of Arts and Science, it is often helpful to see model curricula for each of the programs. Majoring in Chemistry is strong preparation for students wishing to go on to graduate schools and top medical schools. The links below provide a sample curriculum.
Students should note that it is not required that courses be taken in exactly the semesters shown in the models. However, it must be emphasized that chemistry is, like many sciences, a pyramidal subject, with courses building upon the foundation provided by previous courses. Upper level courses tend to have specific prerequisites which must be completed prior to taking courses. A major delay in completing the basic elementary courses could thus lead to a delay in completing the major on time. A discussion with the department is highly recommended if a chemistry major is being contemplated even in the freshman year.
For those students considering a premedical curriculum, most of the basic courses required by medical schools (Physics- 1yr; Biology- 1yr; Calculus 1 and Chemistry- 2yrs – called the “Premed Module”) are all, except for Biology, part of the Chemistry or Biochemistry major. It is very strongly advised that in the junior year you take an upper level Chemistry Department course beyond the “Premed Module”. Be sure, however, that you will have completed the appropriate prerequisite course(s) before entering the junior year.
Students should also note that they must meet all the other requirements for the degree including the Core Curriculum (CORE). A Chemistry or Biochemistry major is not required to take the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry component of CORE. Although it has been suggested that the FCC courses be taken in the first and second years, accommodations can be made for strong students who wish to take two sciences (including Math) in the first year.
For further information or to declare a chemistry/biochemistry major, please visit the department in room 1001 of the Silver Building.