The Chemistry Department is in the midst of redesigning and reinvigorating its curriculum to accurately reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. Overall content will remain largely the same, but reorganized. This will allow for modern topics such as polymers, chemical biology, chemometrics, computational chemistry to be covered more fully and allow students more choice in upper level electives.

Students entering in the fall of 2018, as members of the Class of 2022, will begin with this new curriculum. 

  • In the fall semester, students should register for CH130: General Chemistry I (and its associated laboratory) and MA170: Calculus I, as well as HU103: Conversatio I and another core requirement. 
  • For the spring semester, students should register for CH150: Special Topics: Structure and Reactivity (and its associated laboratory) and MA180: Calculus II, as well as HU104: Conversatio II and a core requirement. 

You will discuss your course schedules with your departmental advisors during pre-registration week each semester.


Course requirements shown below (from the College Catalogue) pertain to students graduating before the Class of 2022.

Chemistry Major Curriculum

The curriculum provides the chemistry courses upon which individualized programs may be constructed. Specific programs are arranged by students in consultation with their advisor and must be approved by the chairperson of the Department of Chemistry.

    Major requirements include:


    • MA 170 - Calculus I
    • MA 180 - Calculus II
    • PS 121-122 - General Physics I - II
    • or


    • PS 131-132 - Calculus-Based Physics I - II
    • CH 130 - General Chemistry I
    • CH 131 - General Chemistry II
    • CH 250 - Organic Chemistry I
    • CH 251 - Organic Chemistry II
    • CH 270 - Quantitative Analysis
    • CH 280 - Physical Chemistry I
    • CH 281 - Physical Chemistry II
    • CH 310 - Instrumental Analysis
    • CH 340 - Inorganic Chemistry I
    • CH 420 - Research and Seminar I
    • CH 421 - Research and Seminar II