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Major in Chemistry with ACS Approval

This major course of study includes advanced courses that are excellent preparation for graduate school due to its large breadth of required chemistry courses. The department is approved by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, and this track reflects that approval.

The Major in Chemistry with ACS Approval is an excellent choice for students with a strong affinity for mathematics or physics. Classes from these disciplines can be used as electives to complete the major. Students following this major will participate in research with a faculty member, and gain valuable presentation and writing skills through the department’s seminar series.

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry with ACS Approval
Core Curriculum
CHM 211, 212 (or equivalent) Chemical Principles I and II
    or
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 494 Independent Research
CHM 413 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics
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
CHM 315 Introduction to Biochemistry
CHM 432 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Any two courses from the following:
CHM 313 Polymer Chemistry
CHM 316 Intermediate Biochemistry
CHM 414 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 460 Special Topics in Chemistry

Any advanced physics course with Calculus II prerequisite
Any advanced math course with Calculus II prerequisite

Recommended Courses
MTH 341 Differential Equations
PHL 305 Philosophy of Science
Participation in January Term field experience, an internship, or Co-op (Argonne) 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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