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

  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • CHEM 121* or CHEM 122 or CHEM 125 or CH/BI 125*
  • MATH 119 or MATH 120 or MATH 126 or MATH 128
  • Foreign Language
  • If you took Chem 121 in the Fall, continue with Chem 123
  • If you took CH/BI 125 in the Fall, continue with CH/BI 126
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • CHEM 126** or CH/BI 227
  • GE/Elective
  • Foreign Language
Additional Information

*Note: The CHEM 121 and CH/BI 125 classes make use of the Interim, which is incompatible with most conversation programs.

**Note: Calculus is a prerequisite for CHEM 126 and CH/BI 126 (taken during Interim).

  • 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 (via drop-add slip) 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).


Chair, Department of Chemistry – Doug Beussman (