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 CHEM 320/321 and 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.

Upper-Level Curriculum Changes for Class of 2023

The changes to the upper-level curriculum in Chemistry reflect our desire to offer our students more flexibility in pursuing the major, in order to support students with different interests while continuing to require sophisticated quantitative work in advanced courses. 

The diagram below highlights the differences between our old requirements (pertinent to the class of 2022) and our new requirements (relevant to the class of 2023 and subsequent classes):

Allowing students to take either CHEM 330 or CHEM 344 guarantees that all majors take an advanced class that is quantitative in nature, but gives them the option of doing so in either a more theoretical or a more applied context.