Take a wide range of courses taught by internationally recognized faculty.
We offer a curriculum that heavily emphasizes research and hands-on experience. As a student in our department, you’ll enjoy our small class size and the opportunity to use our well-equipped, state-of-the-art facilities on a regular basis. You’ll take sequences of both lecture and laboratory courses to graduate with an advanced practical understanding of chemistry.
View full course information in the catalog As a first-year chemistry student, you’ll need to take one of three options to start your program:
- Introduction to Biological Chemistry
- General Chemistry I and II (two-semester sequence)
- Accelerated General Chemistry (one semester)
Incoming first-year students with a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam may take Organic Chemistry I and II.
We recommend the following course sequences depending on your major:
- Students interested in medical or dental schools traditionally take CHEM 125-126 or CHEM 131 as early as possible.
- Consult with the health professions advisor, Marikay Dobbins and departmental advisors as soon as possible to ensure that your chemistry or biochemistry courses meet the requirements of both programs.
- Engineering majors typically take CHEM 125 or CHEM 131.
- If you have a strong math and science background, take CHEM 131, which exposes you to more material involving intermolecular forces, thermodynamics and equilibrium — all very pertinent to your studies in engineering.
- CHEM 125/126 or 131 are prerequisites for the chemical engineering course.
Science and Math Majors
- Take chemistry early! In addition to being required for many majors, our 100-level courses can help you for balance study loads and provide strategies for success.
- If you want to get a quick start, have an AP score of 4 or 5, are confident in your abilities in chemistry and are motivated to try a new subdiscipline, consider taking Organic Chemistry.
If you have any questions about which sequence is right for you, contact the chair of the chemistry department, Dr. Elizabeth Sanford.
What Students Are Saying
“My mentors within the chemistry department supported my dual interest in medicine and basic science while encouraging me to spend time outside of the laboratory developing skills in leadership around campus.”
—Dr. David Paul, ’10, MD/MS from University of Rochester 2016, Neurosurgery resident at University of Rochester
“I am very grateful to not just have been prepared broadly as a chemist through the degree program, but also to have worked on research well-suited to my interests.”
—Dr. Andreana Rosnik, ’13, Fulbright Scholar, PhD from UC Berkeley
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