Diagram of Chemistry Major Requirements.

Chemistry 123 or 128, 224, 233, 234, 301, 343. One of 344 or 330. One of the following: 320, 324, 348, 350, 351, 353, 354, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, Biochemistry 301; and two of the following lab courses: 302, 306, 321, 331, 338, 349, 352, 355, 364, Biochemistry 311; Physics: two three-credit courses or one six-credit course from courses 131-165. Mathematics: 120 or 211. One additional 200-level physics course is strongly recommended (Physics 228, 235). Chemistry 400 is required of all majors.

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.