Major in Chemistry (B.S.) (ACS-certified)

 

B.S. Chemistry Major Field Guide - Major Field Guide

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)

or

  • CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (4 credits)

Plus:

  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 320 Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy (4 credits)
  • CHEM 340 Organic Spectroscopy (2 credits)
  • CHEM 400 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • Note: CHEM 332 is a prerequisite for CHEM 400
  • CHEM 440 Biochemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 481-484 Student Seminar Sequence (2 credits total) 

Plus four credits from:

  • CHEM 250 Organometallic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 295 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 296 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 298 Topics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 391, 392 Research (1 credit each)
  • CHEM 420 Bioanalytical and Forensic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 430 Polymer Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 442 Biochemistry II (4 credits)*
  • CHEM 488 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 491 Research (2 credits each)

*required for a B.S. in Chemistry with a biochemistry concentration, plus a research project in biochemistry

Plus:

  • A research requirement that can be satisfied by taking CHEM 491 Research (2 or 4 credits) in the list above or by completing a summer research project approved by the department.

Allied requirements

  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits) (or equivalent)
  • MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • PHYS 111 Introduction to Classical Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 112 Introduction to Classical Physics II (4 credits) 

Strongly recommended:

  • MATH - additional courses numbered 200 or above (MATH 200 and 240 are highly recommended).

Course Sequence

All chemistry majors are advised to take General Chemistry (CHEM 111-112 or CHEM 115) and MATH 113-114 (Calculus) during the freshman year, then CHEM 201-202 and PHYS 111-112 (Introductory Physics) during the sophomore year. (Note that PHYS 109-110 is not acceptable for the chemistry major). Other sequences of math and physics are much less desirable. If necessary, MATH 113 can be started in the second semester of freshman year; then MATH 114 can be taken concurrently with PHYS 111 during first semester sophomore year. 

Major in Chemistry (B.A.)

B.A. Chemistry Major Field Guide - Major Field Guide

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)

or

  • CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (4 credits)

Plus:

  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 320 Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 481-484 Seminar (2 credits total) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy (4 credits)

Plus at least eight credits in courses chosen from the following list:

  • CHEM 250 Organometallic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 295 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 296 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy (4 credits)
  • CHEM 340 Organic Spectroscopy (2 credits)
  • CHEM 391, 392 Research (1 credit)
  • CHEM 400 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
    Note: CHEM 332 is a prerequisite for CHEM 400
  • CHEM 420 Bioanalytical and Forensic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 430 Polymer Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 440 Biochemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 442 Biochemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 491 Research (2 credits each)
    Note: Only 4 credits of research may be applied to the degree.

Allied requirements

  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits) and MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)*
  • PHYS 111 Introductory Physics I (4 credits) and PHYS 112 Introductory Physics II (4 credits)

*Students not placing into MATH 113 must take MATH 108, 109 and 114 in order to satisfy the overall calculus requirement.

Note: Math and physics requirements are specified above. MATH 200 and 240 are highly recommended. 

Teacher Licensure

  • Elementary Education with a Co-major in Science and Mathematics for Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education with a Specialty in Science (5-8)
  • Co-major in Science (5-8) – Chemistry (9-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry shall consist of 24 credits in chemistry courses. A minimum of 8 credits in chemistry must be successfully completed at St. Thomas to earn a minor in the field.

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)

or

  • CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (4 credits)

Plus:

  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)

Plus sufficient credits from the following to yield a total of 24:

Note: Some of these courses have prerequisites beyond the core, or require permission of the instructor.

  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 250 Organometallic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 295 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 296 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 298 Topics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 320 Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy (4 credits)
  • CHEM 340 Organic Spectroscopy (2 credits)
  • CHEM 420 Bioanalytical and Forensic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 430 Polymer Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 440 Biochemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 442 Biochemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 491 Research (2 credits each)*

*A student may take four credits of research for the minor with the approval of the department chair.