Chemistry Major

A chemistry major must satisfactorily complete the following courses: Chemistry 51, 52, 53, 56, 58, 103, 104, 105, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, four to six hours of Chemistry 151–152, Chemistry 182 and four semesters of Chemistry 199. The requirement for one semester of Chemistry 199 can be waived for students studying abroad in their junior or senior years.

Students can, in consultation with their advisor, tailor the chemistry degree. Six degree options are available:

  • B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Applied Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Computational Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Education
  • B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Environmental Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Geochemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Materials

Each of these options is certified by the American Chemical Society. These options are offered in addition to the traditional ACS-certified B.S. in Chemistry and the Joint Major B.S. in Chemistry & Biology.

Option Requirements

A minimum of 37.5 credit hours in the major beyond the core with a common kernel of Chem 51, 53, 56, 58, 104, 110, 182, and 199 (four semesters). A minimum of four credit hours are required in Chem 151 and 152. Depending upon choice of electives, some options may require either an additional course or a minimum of five credit hours of Chem 151-152 to meet the 37.5 credit hour major requirement.

Applied Chemistry

Chem 166 and either 103 with 109 or 114 with 112.  Six additional credit hours selected from list A:  Chem 114, Eng 82, 106, or 133.  Three additional credit hours from list A,  Eng 131, Eng 231, Chem 109, or Chem 112.

Computational Chemistry

Chem 52, 112, and 114.  One course selected from list B:  Chem 105, 161, 168D, or KSD Chem 134.  Two additional courses selected from list B,  CS 60, Eng 176, Math 164, or Phys 116.


Chem 103, 109, CGU Educ 170G, and CGU Educ 300G (taken in the senior year). Eight credit hours selected from Chem 52, 105 with 111, 114 with 112, or 189 with 184.

Environmental Chemistry

Chem 103, 109, 112, and 114.  Five credit hours selected from Chem 193D, Eng 138, PO Chem 188, and either KSD Chem 139 or PO Chem 106.  Three additional credit hours of upper-level chemistry.


Chem 103, 109, 112, 114, PO Geo 120, and PO Geo 127 with laboratory. An upper-level chemistry course may be substituted with prior departmental approval.


Chem 52, 112, and 114.  Three courses selected from Chem 105, 193A, 193E, Eng 106, or Phys 162.

Premedical Studies

There is no premedical track at HMC. However, an excellent premedical preparation can be obtained.  In fact, the College’s emphasis on the humanities, social sciences, and the arts is an asset for premedical studies A premedical program can be arranged through any of the majors, if supplemented by appropriate biology and chemistry course work. Students should consult with the premedical advisor, Prof. Karl Haushalter, for more information.

Students are encouraged to discuss professional options and opportunities with members of the chemistry department.