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Recommended Course Sequence for Chemistry Majors

First Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • MATH 180 Calculus A

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
  • PHYS 120 General Physics I or PHYS 125 Analytical Physics I

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • PHYS 230 Gneral Physics II or PHYS 235 Analytical Physics II

Third Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • *CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Spring Semester

Electives (1 or 2):

  • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
  • *CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 488 Senior Capstone

Spring Semester

Electives (1 or 2):

  • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry

* * CHEM431 is offered in alternate years. The best time to schedule an off-campus experience is in the spring of the 3rd year or the fall of the 4th year.

General Education Requirements

The Department offers five courses that fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning component of the Analytical Reasoning Requirement. Those courses are: CHEM 105, 111, 221, 321 and 331.

Students who successfully complete these courses will have accomplished many of the General Education learning goals, in particular:

    • Generate, interpret, and evaluate quantitative information.
    • First-hand experience with both theoretical analysis and the collection of empirical data.

The Major

      • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
      • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
      • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
      • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
      • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
      • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
      • CHEM 480 Seminar
      • CHEM 484 Ford-Knight Research or
        CHEM 486 Student Research
      • CHEM 488 Senior Capstone Experience

Two of the following courses (totaling at least 7 credits):

      • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
      • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
      • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
      • CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
      • CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry
      • CHEM 482 Special Topics

AND:

      • MATH 180 Calculus A
      • Either PHYS 125 and 235 Analytical Physics I and II (recommended);
        OR PHYS 120 and 230 General Physics I and II
      • Comprehensive Examinations
      • An independent research project is also required. This may be accomplished through an independent study in Chemistry, a summer research experience on or off campus, an approved Ford/Knight Research Project, or a semester off-campus program such as the Oak Ridge program. Careful early planning with your adviser should be done to determine the best option for the research experience.

The Minor

      • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
      • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
      • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
      • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis

Two courses from the following electives for a total of 24 semester hours in Chemistry:

    • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
    • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
    • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry
    • CHEM 482 Special Topics