The Chemistry Major

Those considering a major in chemistry should consult with the Undergraduate Chairman as soon as possible, preferably in the freshman year, especially if you have advanced placement credits in science or mathematics courses from high school. Call 215-898-8311 or e-mail Candice Adams to make an appointment with the Undergraduate Chair.

 

Course Requirements for the Chemistry Major

 

Chemistry majors normally complete the following introductory sequences by the end of the sophomore year:

  • CHEM 101 (or 001 or 114 or 115), 102 (or 116) General Chemistry (2 c.u.)
  • CHEM 053, 054 General Chemistry Laboratories (1 c.u.)
  • CHEM 241, 242 or 243, 245 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory (3 c.u.)
  • MATH 104, 114 Calculus (formerly Math 140, 141) (2 c.u.)
  • PHYS 150, 151 Physics (3 c.u.)

Completion of the major requires:

  • CHEM 261 Inorganic Chemistry (1 c.u.)
  • CHEM 221, 222, 223 Physical Chemistry and Laboratory (3 c.u.)
  • CHEM 251 Biochemistry (1 c.u.)
  • CHEM 246 Advanced Laboratory (1 c.u.)

Honors majors add one advanced course (400 level or above) and two units of independent study (CHEM 299/399). Note: Although the Chemistry Major only requires MATH 104 and 114, students wishing to pursue more advanced courses in Physical Chemistry, or other fields involving quantitative treatment of Chemistry, should consider taking additional Math courses such as MATH 240, 241, etc.

 

Independent Research Forms (CHEM 299/399) [.pdf, 110 KB]

Department of Chemistry

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