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Chemistry

Areas of Emphasis

Chemistry majors have the option to complete an area of emphasis in one of four areas: Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Greener Materials Science, Physical and Biological Chemistry, or Biophysics and Biological Chemistry.

Each area of emphasis requires students to complete their Senior Capstone Experience in the selected area, as well as three additional 4-credit courses. 

Successful completion of an area of emphasis will be noted on a student’s transcript. Given that the SCE must be completed in the selected area of emphasis, a student may only complete one area of emphasis. The requirements for each area of emphasis are outlined below. 

Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

SCE specialization in Organic or Medicinal Chemistry, plus three of the following:

  • CHE 403. Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 394. Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 394. Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHE 303 OR CHE 309. Chemistry of Biological Compounds OR Biochemistry

Greener Materials Science

SCE specialization in Greener Materials Science, plus three of the following:

  • CHE 310. Greener and Sustainable Chemistry
  • CHE 311. Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 410. Materials Science
  • CHE 394. Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 314. Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Physical and Instrumental Chemistry

SCE specialization in Physical or Instrumental Chemistry, plus three of the following:

  • CHE 305 AND CHE 306. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics AND Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 314. Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • CHE 394. Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 494. Biophysical Methods
  • PHY elective at the 200-level or above
  • MAT 203 OR MAT 345. Multivariable Calculus OR Differential Equations

Biophysics and Biological Chemistry

SCE specialization in Biophysics or Biological Chemistry, plus three of the following:

  • CHE 303. Chemistry of Biological Compounds
  • CHE 309. Biochemistry
  • CHE 494. Biophysical Methods
  • CHE 394. Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHE 305 AND CHE 306. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics AND Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • BIO elective at 200-level or above