/ Chemistry Department


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:

  1. Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  2. General Chemistry I and II (two-semester sequence)
  3. 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:

Pre-Health Professions

  • 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

  • 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. Kenneth Brown.

What Students Are Saying

“The program blurs the lines between classroom and the lab: we are learning something one day and doing it the next …”
–John N. Donkersloot, ’11

“Hope Chemistry professors let you share in their passion for both research and teaching. Your role in the learning process is a vital part of the curriculum, something often taken for granted at some of the more well-known and larger institutions.”
–John Higuchi, ‘89, VP, Business Development, Lipocine Inc.