Chemistry is one of the central physical sciences. As a student of Chemistry, you will explore matter at its most basic—as a collection of atoms. Studying chemistry will allow you to work in pharmaceuticals, polymers/materials, forensics, education, biotechnology, and many other fields. Due to the relatively recent interest in eco-friendly living, “green chemistry” or environmentally friendly chemistry, has become one of the fastest growing fields within the discipline, and has led many students to interesting careers in a new “green” market. Many chemistry students also move on to graduate school and professional schools in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, and law.

Chemistry is generally divided into five sub-disciplines: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. This program will provide you with an introduction to each of these sub-disciplines. Working through the program, you will begin with general chemistry, transition into organic chemistry, and then complete a suite of upper level courses focusing on physical, inorganic, analytical, and biochemistry. You should also take two semesters of calculus with analytical geometry and two semesters of physics. After completing the core program, you should then take five elective courses of your choice focusing on advanced topics in each of the sub-disciplines listed above or hybrids of those sub-disciplines. These advanced electives are considered introductory graduate student courses.

To complete the knowledge equivalent for this major, you should complete a series of pre-requisites (4 courses), the core program (9 courses) as well as 5 electives of your choice (5 courses) for a total of 18 courses.

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CHEM001/PHYS101: Introduction to Mechanics
CHEM002/PHYS102: Introduction to Electromagnetism
CHEM003/MA101: Single-Variable Calculus I
CHEM004/MA102: Single-Variable Calculus II

Core Program

CHEM101: General Chemistry I
CHEM102: General Chemistry II
CHEM103: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM104: Organic Chemistry II
CHEM105: Physical Chemistry I   
CHEM106: Physical Chemistry II
CHEM107: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM108: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM109/BIO401: Biochemistry

Elective Courses

CHEM201: Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM202: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM203: Bioinorganic Chemistry   
CHEM204: Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM205: Spectroscopy