Please note that students who major in chemistry follow a standard chemistry path or choose to add a biochemistry subfield. Many chemistry majors also pursue graduate or professional programs (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.). Additional information.
The top 5 things to consider when planning a major in Chemistry/Biochemistry
- If your academic adviser is not in the Chemistry discipline, be sure to talk with a Chemistry faculty member (such as your General Chemistry instructor) early in your first semester to double check that your academic plan will keep you on track.
- Failing to enroll in Chemistry 1101 (General Chemistry I) in your first semester will make completion of your degree in four years much more challenging and pre-health students will find it impossible to complete professional school requirements on time.
- Chem 1101 can be met with AP, Transfer, PSEO, IB, A-Level etc.
- If you cannot take Chem 1101 due to your math placement, be sure to speak with your adviser right away about how to meet this pre-requisite as soon as possible (e.g. retaking the placement test after reviewing algebra, or talking to the Chemistry 1101 instructors about any unique circumstances).
- The Chemistry/Biochemistry curriculum is highly sequential; pay close attention to course prerequisites. The first two years are fairly inflexible, while the third and fourth years offer much more leeway in course selection.
- The Chemistry major has two possible 'tracks'; a 'standard' Chemistry major or Chemistry major with Biochemistry subfield. If you are interested in the Biochemistry subfield and/or are following a pre-health plan (pre-med, pre-pharmacy, etc.), be sure to take Biology 1111 in your first year, either fall or spring.
- Take a math course (appropriate to your math placement) in your first semester. The Chemistry/Biochemistry degrees require math through Calculus II (Math 1102) which is a prerequisite for other required courses such as Physics, Physical Chemistry, and some other advanced electives.