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Major in Chemistry

Major in Chemistry

The required courses in chemistry normally completed by the end of the third year are CHEM113, 114, 225, 226, 331, and 332. Concentrators are also required to take CHEM 355 (eight semester hours), to participate in departmental seminars, and to elect at least eight semester hours from among CHEM 327, 341, 343, 345, 346, 347, and 348.

Chemistry concentrators, after declaring their concentration, select one of the individual laboratory bench-study spaces in Science Center Room 430, where they carry out much of the rest of their work in chemistry. Grants to Simmons have provided the department with instrumentation beyond the scope of that usually available at undergraduate colleges.

Major in Chemistry

First Year

  • CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM 114 Organic Chemistry I
  • MATH 120 Calculus I
  • MATH 121 Calculus II

Sophomore Year

  • CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 226 Quantitative Analysis
  • PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics I
  • PHYS 113 Fundamentals of Physics II

Junior Year

  • CHEM 331 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Structure
  • MATH 220 Multivariable Calculus
  • 300-level elective in chemistry

Senior Year

  • CHEM 355 Independent Study with Thesis (eight semester hours)
  • CHEM 390 Chemistry Seminar (required; 1 credit)
  • 300-level elective in chemistry
  • CHEM 341 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 343 Advanced Topics in Modern Chemistry
  • CHEM 345 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 346 Advanced Instrumental Laboratory
  • CHEM 347 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
  • CHEM 348 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Facilities and Prerequisites

After declaring a major in chemistry, students select one of the individual laboratory study/bench spaces in S430, where they carry out much of the rest of their work in chemistry. Grants to Simmons have provided the department with instrumentation beyond the scope usually available at undergraduate colleges. Students considering a major in chemistry should take CHEM 113 and 114 during their first year. In some cases, students with little or no previous high school background may be advised to take CHEM 111 instead of 113. MATH 101 or 102 will be recommended by advisors for students in chemistry who may need to review basic mathematical concepts. By the middle of the junior year, students should have taken MATH 220 and PHYS 112 and 113.

Graduate School Preparation

The American Chemical Society (ACS) suggests a set of standards that it believes will prepare students for graduate study. To meet these standards, the student's program must include CHEM 345 or CHEM 223 plus two additional 300-level electives chosen from CHEM 341, CHEM 343, CHEM 346, CHEM 347, or CHEM 348. Certification that the student's curricular program has met the ACS standards is not required for any career or graduate study; the standards are only a guide in planning a program that will make graduate study easier.