Chemistry majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. General Chemistry lecture & lab (CHEM 103 & 113)
  2. Math (course determined by calculus placement exam)
  3. A foreign language or a course of your choice

1st Semester Courses

The first chemistry course in a chemistry major is general chemistry (CHEM 103) and its accompanying lab (CHEM 113). This course lays the foundation for all the topics that will be covered in more advanced chemistry courses – physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic & biochemistry. A typical chemistry student takes general chemistry as a freshman and a year-long sequence of organic chemistry as a sophomore.

A chemistry major should also take the first semester of a calculus sequence, either Math 108, Math 111-112 or Math 121-122 depending on your calc placement exam results. Proficiency in math is required for advanced chemistry topics in physical chemistry. Math 121 is required if a student plans to have a minor in math.

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