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A concentration in chemistry gives a fundamental understanding of those chemical processes that affect all our lives, allowing us to make informed choices about a range of issues from energy and food consumption to our relationship to the physical environment.

The chemistry concentration also provides a solid background that, when augmented by additional coursework or a second concentration in the sciences, will prepare the student to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or a health-related area.


Related Career Paths

Students with a concentration in chemistry may enter into fields and positions such as biotechnology, environmental chemistry, environmental law, food chemistry, forensics, medicine, and teaching.


The chemistry concentration requires a year of general chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, a semester of inorganic chemistry, a semester of biochemistry, Introduction to Quantum Physics and Modern Physics Laboratory, (or an approved Physical Chemistry course at another institution), and at least four additional credits of approved science courses selected from the list given below for a total minimum credit requirement of 32 credits. It is designed to provide the basic understanding required of any student pursuing a chemical education, as well as to furnish a firm basis for advanced work in chemistry, biology, or the health-related fields. All courses listed in this concentration will be offered at least once every three years if there is sufficient enrollment; courses that do not adequately enroll will be offered on a tutorial basis for students who have elected this concentration. The chemistry concentration nicely complements advanced work or concentrations in biology, environmental studies, ecology, mathematics, physics, or psychology, and provides one of the three bases for the premedical concentration.


  • Chemistry 100 and 101 Chemistry I and II
  • Chemistry 302 and 303 Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Chemistry 306 Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 312 Biochemistry
  • Physics 220 Introduction to Quantum Physics
  • Physics 230 Modern Physics Laboratory

At least one course at or above the 200-level, chosen from the list below and in consultation with the Moderation Committee at the Moderation meeting.                                                        

  • Chemistry 310T Instrumental Methods of Analysis in Chemistry
  • Chemistry 410T Physical Organic Chemistry I
  • Physics 320 Statistical Thermodynamics

Course Spotlight

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chem 302: Organic Chemistry

The course deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of the chemistry of carbon compounds. Topics include bonding, classification of functional groups, organic chemical nomenclature, electron delocalization, stereochemistry, beginning of reaction mechanisms, equilibrium, spectroscopy, and simple chemical syntheses. The laboratory experiments address the skills and techniques of organic chemistry labs, including syntheses, separations, and extractions and are designed to parallel many lecture topics. 

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