College of Science and Health > Academics > Chemistry and Biochemistry > Undergraduate > Chemistry (BS) > Major Requirements
All students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in chemistry must complete a common core of courses in the department. These courses are consistent with the requirements of all degree programs accredited by the American Chemical Society. The courses in the common core consist of:
The department occasionally offers General Chemistry in the summer. In this case, the combination of CHE 136/CHE 137 and CHE 138/CHE 139 may substitute for the three-quarter sequences above.
One year of calculus is required to earn a baccalaureate degree in chemistry. This may be accomplished by completing any one of the following five course sequences offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences:
Students interested in earning credit for multi-variable calculus should not take the MAT 170/MAT 171/MAT 172 sequence. Business calculus cannot be substituted for any of the sequences above.
One year of calculus-based physics is required to earn a baccalaureate in chemistry. This may be accomplished by completing the following three-course sequence offered by the Department of Physics:
Non-calculus-based physics cannot be used to meet the requirements of the common core unless previously approved by the departmental Exceptions Committee or academic advisor.
The following enrollment-related policies are fully enforced by the Department of Chemistry
Students should begin their General Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus sequences in their freshman year, provided they have an adequate mathematics background. The Organic Chemistry sequence and Analytical Chemistry should be taken in the sophomore year. Students not yet prepared for calculus should take the prerequisite courses in the first year and take Calculus and General Physics one year later than suggested above. Advanced courses in Chemistry may be taken as soon as students have met the appropriate prerequisites.
Since the Undergraduate Common Core in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics is particularly demanding in the first two years, students take the majority of their Liberal Studies courses in their junior and senior years. This is necessary so that students have the necessary prerequisites for advanced courses.
Students are advised to talk with their advisor before double majoring, because some major combinations are prohibited. No more than 50% of the credits that apply to one major may be drawn from another major.
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