Diagram of Chemistry Major Requirements.

67 credits are required for the major.

Each of the following core courses (33 credits):

  • CHEM 123: Principles of Chemistry I With Problem Solving and Lab
  • CHEM 123: Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 128: Principles of Environmental Chemistry and Lab · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 224: Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
  • CHEM 233: Organic Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 234: Organic Chemistry II and Lab
  • CHEM 301: Chemical Kinetics Laboratory
  • CHEM 343: Chemical Thermodynamics

One of the following quantitative courses (6 credits):

One of the following electives (6 credits):

  • BIOC 301: Survey of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 320: Biological Chemistry · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 348: Introduction to Computational Chemistry · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 350: Chemical and Biosynthesis · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 351: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 353: Organic Chemistry III
  • CHEM 358: Organometallic Chemistry · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 360: Chemical Biology · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 361: Materials Chemistry
  • CHEM 362: Chemistry at the Nanoscale · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 363: Materials Chemistry for a Sustainable Energy Economy · not offered in 2023-24

Two of the following elective lab courses (4 credits):

  • BIOC 311: Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 302: Quantum Spectroscopy Laboratory
  • CHEM 306: Spectrometric Characterization of Chemical Compounds
  • CHEM 321: Biological Chemistry Laboratory · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 331: Instrumental Chemical Analysis Laboratory
  • CHEM 338: Computer-Assisted Experimentation for Chemists · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 349: Computational Chemistry Laboratory · not offered in 2023-24
  • CHEM 352: Laboratory in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Additional requirements:

  • Physics: two three-credit courses or one six-credit course from courses 131-165 (6 credits)
  • Mathematics: 120 or 211 (6 credits)
  • One additional 200-level physics course is strongly recommended (Physics 228 or 235)

Chemistry 400 is required of all majors (6 credits). In addition to six credits of comps (see CHEM 400 description), Chemistry majors will be required to attend at least 10 seminars between the term in which they declare and the end of winter term of their senior year to ensure breadth in the exposure to the ways chemists approach their work.

Major under Combined Plan in Engineering

In addition to completing the requirements for the Chemistry major listed above, the student should also take the following courses required for admission to the engineering schools: Physics 165 or 228, Mathematics 241, and Computer Science 111. At the discretion of the department, one advanced course may be waived in some instances to allow the student more latitude in selection of courses.

Students Considering Graduate Studies in Chemistry-Related Fields

The minimal set of courses required for a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry at Carleton is intended as a basic educational experience for all types of chemistry students with varying professional goals, including the medical profession, business, or any other career that requires an educational background that includes the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.  Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in a chemistry-related field (chemistry, biochemistry, materials chemistry, environmental chemistry, etc.) should take additional chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses beyond the minimum to properly prepare for the rigors of graduate study.  When making the decision about which additional courses to take, it is best to consult with your chemistry adviser.  However, some general advice is offered below:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry: Take both CHEM 330/331 and CHEM 344/302, as well as BIOC 301/311 and CHEM 351/352.  Consider taking additional physics and/or mathematics courses.  Consider completing the American Chemical Society Certified Chemistry Major.
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry: Take either CHEM 330/331 or CHEM 344 plus another 300-level two-credit chemistry laboratory.  Consider completing the Biochemistry Minor.