Degree Options

Like the standard program outlined below, specialized Chemistry emphases must satisfy the requirements of an ACS-approved and Harvey Mudd College-certified degree. Those requirements are:

  • Five required foundation courses (51, 56, 103, 104, 182) and three required foundation laboratories (53, 58, 109) [19 units]
  • One additional elective foundation laboratory – either 110 or 184 [1 unit]
  • Eight units of elective in-depth non-laboratory courses (any non-laboratory chemistry course with a prerequisite of 51, 56, 103, 104, or 182 or non-laboratory courses in other departments with significant chemistry content beyond the level of the foundation courses listed above) [8 units]
  • One elective advanced laboratory –111, 112, or 122 [1 unit]
  • 4-6 units of senior research (151-152)   [4-6 units]
  • Four semesters of Chem 199   [2 units]
  • Additional technical electives to reach a minimum of 37 units

The table below defines the curriculum that satisfies the Chemistry major emphases of Applied Chemistry (Chemical Engineering), Computational Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, and Geochemistry.

Applied Computational Environmental Materials Geochemistry
Required Foundation Courses 51, 56, 103, 104, 182
Required Foundation Laboratories 53, 58, 109
Elective Foundation Laboratory 110 or 184
In-Depth Non-Laboratory Courses 114, 166 + 3 units among Eng 82, Eng 106 or Eng 133 52 and 105 and 3 units from 114, 161, 168D, KSD Chem 134 114 and 5 units from 193D, Pom Chem 188, Eng 190X 52,105,114 114, PO Geo 120 and PO Geo 127
Advanced Laboratory 112 or 122 111 (with 105) or 112 (with 114) 112 111,112 or 122 112
Senior Research 151–152
Chem 199 4 semesters of 199
Examples of Courses, if Needed, to Reach 37 Units (Not an exhaustive list – consult with your advisor) 112, 122, Eng 82, 106, 131, 133, 231 111, 112, CS 60, Eng 176, Math 164, or Phys 116 Pom Chem 106 or KSD Chem 139 111, 112, 122, 193A, 193E, Eng 106, or Phys 162 PO Geo 20A, B, or D (one course is prerequisite for PO Geo 120 and 127)

Premedical Studies

An excellent premedical preparation can be obtained for both MD and PhD/MD programs. In fact, the College’s technical Core and emphasis on the humanities, social sciences, and the arts are assets for admission to medical studies. Harvey Mudd students completing either the Chemistry major or the Joint Major in Chemistry and Biology major have successfully been admitted to both MD and PhD/MD programs. As early curriculum planning is recommended, students should inform their adviser as soon as possible if they wish to pursue medical school.