Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major
The chemistry major focuses on the study of the composition and behavior of matter, emphasizing hands-on learning. Students take foundational lecture and laboratory courses in all sub-disciplines of chemistry – analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical. There are opportunities to take advanced courses in these areas, as well as courses in cross-disciplinary areas such as environmental, materials, nuclear, and polymers.
The undergraduate experience is further enhanced by participation in undergraduate research with a faculty member, using modern laboratories and state-of-the-art instrumentation. Conducting research and presenting results builds technical, critical thinking, and communication skills that are highly valued by graduate and professional schools, as well as industry and government employers.
Please refer to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website for more information on programs of study, courses, undergraduate research opportunities, and careers.
American Chemical Society Certified Programs in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Education (leading to teacher licensure), Materials Chemistry
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the chemistry major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the department head, Physics and Chemistry building, room 1186.
CHEM 131, General Chemistry, and CHEM 131L, are the prerequisites for other required chemistry courses.
A grade of at least "C-" must be achieved in CHEM 131 and 131L to progress in the major.