Chemistry (CHEM)

A major in chemistry may lead to employment in chemical research and in related areas such as medical applications of chemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials science. A chemistry major also provides an excellent background for continued education in professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and related fields.

Typical First Year Schedule

  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • CHEM 122 or CHEM 125 or CH/BI 125*
  • MATH 119 (offered Fall only)/120/126/128 or OLE Core/Elective
  • World Language

MATH 120 can be taken in Fall, Interim, or Spring for students who are not in CH/BI. MATH 119 is only offered in Fall.

  • MATH 120 or OLE Core/Elective
  • If you took CH/BI 125 in the Fall, continue with CH/BI 126.
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • CHEM 126 or CH/BI 227
  • MATH 120 or OLE Core/Elective
  • World Language
Additional Information

*Students in CH/BI must take MATH 119/120 in Fall unless they have equivalent transfer credit or place into Math 126/128.

*CH/BI 125 classes make use of Interim, which is incompatible with most conversation programs.

  • Students with an AP score of 5, an IB HL score of 5-7, or a score of A on the Cambridge A-level exam may begin the Chemistry major with Chem 126 in the spring. If they desire, these students may register for just a laboratory section of Chem 125 if there are seats available after fall registration; see the Chem. Chair or Assoc. Chair of Curriculum.
  • Credit for transfer of college-level courses is arranged via consultation with the Registrar and the Chemistry Assoc. Chair of Curriculum.

Students should follow their placement results found on the Student Information System (SIS) under Advising Information.  Questions can be directed to Professor of Chemistry, Jeff Schwinefus (


Chair, Department of Chemistry – Doug Beussman (