Chemistry, BA

The different disciplines of modern physical and biological sciences have much to offer each other through advances in technology. Aside from basic research, society continually generates fundamental scientific and technological challenges such as the need for new sources of energy, new synthetic and biotechnologies; new materials exhibiting unusual catalytic, metallic, or electrolytic properties; and developments in laser, computer, and communications technology. We consider these within the province of a unified field of molecular sciences, in which chemistry plays the central role.

Chemistry is concerned with the study of matter and the changes matter can undergo. The chemistry program provides a basic foundation for career opportunities in chemical research and teaching, in scientific communication and information transfer, and in the health professions. Students who want to prepare for advanced study in chemistry or allied fields where research experience is advantageous should complete the chemistry honors program.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

Those considering the Chemistry major should consult with the undergraduate chairman as soon as possible, preferably in the freshman year, especially if you have AP credit in Science and Mathematics from high school.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives19
Major Requirements
Introductory Sequences 2
General Chemistry:
CHEM 1011Introduction to General Chemistry I1
or CHEM 1151 Honors Chemistry I
CHEM 1021Introduction to General Chemistry II1
or CHEM 1161 Honors Chemistry II
General Chemistry Laboratories:
CHEM 1101
CHEM 1102
General Chemistry Laboratory I
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Organic Chemistry with Laboratories:
CHEM 2411Principles of Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory1.5
CHEM 2421Principles of Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory1.5
MATH 1400Calculus, Part I1
MATH 1410Calculus, Part II1
or MATH 1610 Honors Calculus
PHYS 0150Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion1.5
PHYS 0151Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation1.5
Additional Chemistry Requirements
Physical Chemistry and Laboratories:
CHEM 2210Physical Chemistry I 31
CHEM 2220Physical Chemistry II 41
CHEM 2230Experimental Physical Chemistry I 41
Biological Chemistry:
CHEM 2510Principles of Biological Chemistry 51
Inorganic Chemistry:
CHEM 2610Inorganic Chemistry I 31
One Advanced Laboratory:
CHEM 2460Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy Laboratory 61
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Majors should complete by the end of the sophomore year.


Offered Fall only.


Offered Spring only.


Must be taken after CHEM 2410 Principles of Organic Chemistry I.


Offered Fall only and must be taken concurrently with or after CHEM 2610 Inorganic Chemistry I.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all Math and Science courses.

One advanced course (400 level or above)1
CHEM 3999Independent Research1
CHEM 3999Independent Research1


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.