Sample Chemistry Major Schedule

Typical Schedules

There are many different paths through a chemistry major. Three such paths, wherein a student starts advanced coursework in chemistry in the third, fourth, and fifth semesters, are reproduced here. Courses with numbers of 100 or above may be taken in any sequence. As a result, one could reach Chem 182 (Chemistry in Living Systems) in the sixth semester, if desired.

Beginning the Chemistry Major in the Third Semester (Complete Schedule)
Year Fall Spring
First Year
  • CS5 Introduction to Computer Science
  • Writ 001 Introduction to Academic Writing/Phys 23 Special Relativity
  • Chem 23A Chemistry in the Modern World
  • Chem 24  Laboratory
  • Math 19 Calculus
  • Elective
  • Math 74 Linear Algebra
  • Phys 24 Mechanics & Wave Motion
  • Chem 23B Chemistry in the Modern World
  • Bio 23 Biology Laboratory
  • HSA 10 Critical Inquiry
  • Bio 52 Introduction to Biology
  • Elective
Sophomore
  • Math 82 Differential Equations
  • Phys 51 Electromagnetic Theory & Optics
  • Phys 50 Physics Laboratory
  • Chem 51 Physical Chemistry
  • Chem 53 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • HSA
  • Elective
  • Eng 79 Intro Engineering Systems
  • Chem 56 Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 58 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • *Chem 52 Group Theory, Quantum Chem. & Spectroscopy
  • HSA
  • Elective
Junior
  • Chem 103 Chemical Analysis
  • *Chem 105 Organic Chemistry II
  • Chem 109 Chemical Analysis Laboratory
  • Chem 199 Chemistry Seminar
  • HSA
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Chem 104 Inorganic Chemistry
  • *Chem 114 Instrumental Analysis
  • Chem 110 Inorganic Laboratory
  • Chem 199 Chemistry Seminar
  • HSA
  • HSA
  • Elective
Senior
  • Chem 151 Research Problems
  • Chem 199 Chemistry Seminar
  • HSA
  • HSA
  • HSA
  • Elective
  • Chem 152 Research Problems
  • Chem 182 Biochemistry
  • Chem 199 Chemistry Seminar
  • HSA
  • HSA
  • Elective

*Chemistry electives (eight credits required)

Beginning the Chemistry Major in the Fourth Semester (Partial Schedule)
Year Fall Spring
Sophomore
  • 56 Organic Chemistry I
  • 58 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Junior
  • 51 Physical Chemistry
  • 105 Organic Chemistry II
  • 53 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • 111 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • 182 Biochemistry
  • 104 Inorganic
  • 52 Group Theory, Quantum Chem. & Spectroscopy
  • 110 Inorganic Laboratory
  • 199 Seminar
Senior
  • 103 Chemical Analysis
  • 109 Chemical Analysis Laboratory
  • 151 Research Problems
  • 199 Seminar
  • 114 Instrumental Analysis
  • 112 Instrumental Methods Laboratory
  • 152 Research Problems
  • 199 Seminar
Beginning the Chemistry Major in the Fifth Semester (Partial Schedule)
Year Fall Spring
Junior
  • 51 Physical Chemistry
  • 103 Chemical Analysis
  • 53 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • 109 Chemical Analysis Laboratory
  • 56 Organic Chemistry I
  • 52 Group Theory, Quantum Chem. & Spectroscopy
  • 104 Inorganic Chemistry
  • 58 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • 110 Inorganic Laboratory
  • 199 Seminar
Senior
  • 105 Organic Chemistry II
  • 111 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • 151 Research Problems
  • 199 Seminar
  • 182 Biochemistry
  • 114 Instrumental Analysis
  • 112 Instrumental Methods Laboratory
  • 152 Research Problems
  • 199 Seminar

HSA refers to a program of studies in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including a five-course concentration and a broad-based background in the arts & literature, humanities, and social sciences.