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Major in Chemistry

Building on a strong foundation of science, the chemistry major hones analytical strengths and builds mental agility. From laboratory experience to the investigation of composition, properties, the transformation of substances and the elementary forms of matter, you'll prepare for professional school, graduate study or a career.

Students graduating with a major in chemistry from Elmhurst are well positioned to enter graduate school, work in an industrial or government research laboratory, teach science at the secondary-school level, or begin further education in a health-related field such as medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science.

The major in chemistry is also an excellent foundation for careers in environmental studies, law, business (chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum related companies), technical writing and editing, and scientific information retrieval.

Interested in graduate school or biochemistry? Consider pursuing the Major in Chemistry with ACS Approval or the Major in Chemistry with Concentration in Biochemistry.

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry
Core Curriculum
CHM 211, 212 (or equivalent) Chemical Principles I and II
CHM 220 Advanced Chemical Principles
CHM 221 Analytical Chemistry
CHM 311, 312 Organic Chemistry I and II
CHM 412 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
CHM 413 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics
CHM 494 Independent Research
CHM 496, 499 Chemistry Research Seminar I and II
CHM 497, 498 Chemistry Literature Seminar I and II
MTH 151, 152 Calculus I and II
PHY 121, 122 General Physics I and II

Additional Course Requirements
CHM 422-426 Chemical Instrumentation
Three additional advanced chemistry courses

Recommended Courses
MTH 341 Differential Equations
PHL 305 Philosophy of Science

Participation in January Term field experience, an internship, Co-op (Argonne), or CHM 492 Independent Study is encouraged during junior and senior years.

Chemistry courses with a minimum grade of C and taken within the last 10 years may be transferred into the department.


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