The Chemistry Major

Those considering a major in chemistry should consult with the Undergraduate Chairman as soon as possible, preferably in their first 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 100 or 115), 102 (or 116) General Chemistry (2 c.u.)
  • CHEM 053, 054 General Chemistry Laboratories (1 c.u.)
  • CHEM 241, 242 or 243 Organic Chemistry (2 c.u.)
  • CHEM 244, 249 Organic Chemistry Laboratories* (1 c.u.)
  • MATH 104, 114 Calculus (formerly Math 140, 141) (2 c.u.)
  • PHYS 150 Physics (1.5 c.u.)

Completion of the major requires:

  • PHYS 151 Physics (1.5 c.u.) 
  • 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.)

*formerly CHEM 245 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1 c.u.)

Courses taken to fulfill the Major requirement cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. A passing letter grade (any grade above an F, including a D) will count toward the Chemistry Major.

Honors majors add one advanced course (400 level or above) and two units of independent study (CHEM 399). These additional 3 c.u.'s are taken in the junior or senior year. A 3.0 average in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics is required to receive the Honor's Degree. The Honors Major track satisfies the ACS certification requirements.  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, 313, etc.

Independent Research Forms (CHEM 299/399) (PDF, 110 KB)