Requirements for the major

I. Departmental requirements
  1. 31-32 credits in chemistry: CHEM 1318, 1118, 2319, 2119, 2320, 2220, 3330, 213030013432, 3334, 3135, 3321, 3121, and one upper division course selected from CHEM 3335, 42424340, 4346, or 4347.
  2.  MATH 1311, 1312.
  3. PHYS 1111, 1112, 1309 or 1311, 1310 or 1312.
II. University Requirements

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours. 

Guidelines for Acceptance of Majors 

 Full acceptance is granted if the following requirements are met at the time of application:

  1. Completion of CHEM 1318, 1118, 2319, 2119, 2320, 2220 and BIOL 1311, 1111, 2312, 2112, and 3413 with grades of C or better.
  2. Completion of MATH 1311 with a grade of C or better.

Provisional acceptance may be granted if it is apparent that an applicant can meet the requirements for full acceptance by the end of the semester in which application is made.


In addition to the minimum requirements for an honors thesis described earlier, the Department of Chemistry has the following requirements:

Application and Procedures 

Students planning to write an Honors Thesis in Chemistry should discuss research opportunities with at least three faculty members. Normally the choice of research director will be made in the first semester of the Junior year, although students with extraordinary research experience, including research during a summer, may defer the choice of research director for one or two semesters.


The Honors Program in Chemistry requires a minimum of nine credit hours of research normally arranged over three semesters. At least six of these hours must be taken in the senior year and devoted to the thesis research. If a student has worked full-time on research related to the thesis for a minimum of ten weeks during one summer, the department may waive the requirement for three of the nine credit hours. Submission of the final research report for the summer is required for this waiver.

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  Laura Hunsicker-Wang, Ph.D. (Chair)


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