Suggested Plans of Study

All Chemistry and Biochemistry majors take the CHM 14X series (regular, majors, or honors sections) general chemistry their first year and the 24X/25X series of Organic Chemistry lecture lab in the second year. In the 3rd year, all majors take Physical Chemistry courses and Analytical Chemistry courses.

During the 3rd year, students need to establish whether they want to focus on Chemistry or Biochemistry. By the end of their 3rd year, students should have decided whether they would pursue the BA or BS degree. Note that each degree program requires completion of all the College of Arts and Science requirements, but different sets of related course requirements.

While this site (and more-detailed printed copy of the advising documents available in the department office) provides a general description of our majors' academic requirements, we strongly recommend that you meet with your assigned academic advisor at least once a year, and review your DARS (Degree Audit Report) before scheduling classes each year.

  • Note: The information presented here is applicable to students entering in 2013 or later. Students who entered in 2012 or earlier should refer to their version of the advising document, available from their advisor or from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry main office.

Upcoming Advanced CHM Classes

Fall 2020

  • CHM 415: Chemistry Misconceptions
  • CHM 417: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 436: Principles of Fermentation
  • CHM 450A: Organic Synthetic Methods
  • CHM 454: Instrumental Analysis
  • CHM 460A: Chemistry of DNA Technology
  • CHM 466: Bioinformatics Computer Skill

Spring 2021

  • CHM 419: Advanced Synthesis Lab
  • CHM 426: Spectroscopic ID of Structure
  • CHM 430: X-ray crystallography
  • CHM 430: Polyphenols/Foods
  • CHM 450B: Physical Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 460: Electrochemistry: Energy

Note: CHM 432 (Biochemistry) and 438 (Biochemistry lab) are advanced courses for Chemistry majors but required courses for Biochemistry majors.