Chemistry Major

The curriculum of our chemistry program approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) provides both a broad background in the five traditional subdisciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical) and an in-depth study of chemistry that builds upon these foundational areas. Because chemistry is an experimental science, substantial laboratory work and research experiences are part of the curriculum. The chemistry program defined below is a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum to prepare students for professions in both traditional chemistry areas as well as cutting-edge interdisciplinary fields.

With a relatively small number of required courses and a wealth of elective courses in chemistry at Harvey Mudd and across The Claremont Colleges, as well as in allied fields, students can tailor their major.  Common emphases include Applied Chemistry (for those interested in careers in Chemical Engineering), Computational Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Materials Science, and Geochemistry.

Chemistry Major – Standard Program

  • Foundation courses: Chemistry 51, 56, 103, 104, 182
  • Foundation laboratories: four courses from among Chemistry 53, 58, 109, 110, or 184
  • In-depth courses: eight or more credit hours of Chemistry 52, 105, 114, 161, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 171, 173, 187, 190, 192, 193, 194, or 195
  • Additional Math Course: one course from Math 82 or Bio154 or Engineering 72
  • Other required courses: Physics 51
  • Additional Chemistry Electives (not required for a chemistry major, encouraged for students interested in graduate study or working on chemistry-related applications in industry): Chemistry 111, 112, and/or 189
  • Capstone: four to six credit hours of Chemistry 151–152
  • Seminar: 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.