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 42.5 credit hours in the major 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 42.5 credit hour major requirement.

Applied Chemistry

Chem 166 and either 103 with 109 or 114 with 112. Three courses selected from Eng 82, 106, 133, or 136.

Computational Chemistry

Chem 52, 112, and 114. Three courses selected from Chem 105, 161, 168D, KSD Chem 134, CS 60, Eng 176, Math 164, or Phys 116.

Education

Chem 103, 109, 197-198 as 3 credit hours of student teaching, and CGU Educ 170B. One course selected from Chem 52, 105 with 111, 114 with 112, or 189 with 184.

Environmental Chemistry

Chem 103, 109, 112, and 114. Six credit hours selected from Eng 138, KSD Chem 139, PO Chem 106 or 188.

Geochemistry

Chem 103, 109, 112, and 114. Two courses selected from PO Geo 120, 121, or 127 with laboratory.

Materials

Chem 52, 112, and 114. Three courses selected from Chem 105, 193A, 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.