• Chemistry Major


    Major Program

    Chemistry students may choose to complete a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Chemistry.  Both of these degrees can satisfy the American Chemical Society (ACS) certification standards.

    The chemistry curriculum at Hamline emphasizes understanding the fundamental theoretical concepts upon which all molecular sciences are based. The development of skills useful in problem solving, in construction of models, and in gathering and interpretation of data is stressed. The laboratory courses place strong emphasis on experimental design, instrumental methods, modern laboratory techniques, and data analysis.

    Nearly all courses in chemistry are sequential and have prerequisites. Careful planning is necessary if students are to take full advantage of other options available to them at a liberal arts college. A decision to major in chemistry should be made as early as possible, certainly no later than the sophomore year. A student wishing to major in chemistry should consult with one or more of the chemistry faculty.

    Bachelor of Science Chemistry Major Requirements

    For students desiring to work as a chemist in industry or attend graduate school, the BS pathway is appropriate and graduates are certified by the American Chemical Society. The following courses constitute the minimum requirement.

    Gateway course(s):

    Students complete General Chemistry I and II or Advanced General Chemistry.

    • Or:

    Foundation courses:

    • (four semesters)

    Two of the following advanced courses:

    (Note: an advanced course in biology, biochemistry, mathematics, or physics may be substituted for one of the advanced chemistry courses with departmental approval.)

    Mathematics requirement:

    • (or equivalent 3000-level course such as statistics)

    Physics requirement:

    Bachelor of Arts Chemistry Major Requirements

    For students wishing to attend graduate school in interdisciplinary programs or professional school, establish a double major, complete forensic science certification, or a secondary teaching license, the following courses constitute the minimum requirement for the BA degree. American Chemistry Certification may be obtained by completing CHEM 5960 Chemistry Research in addition to the upper division electives.

    Gateway course(s):

    Students complete General Chemistry I and II or Advanced General Chemistry.

    • Or:

    Foundation courses:

    • (four semesters)

    One of the following:

    12 credits chosen from the following:

    Physics, Biology, or Biochemistry courses numbered 3000 or higher may be substituted with approval of the department chair. NOTE: Students desiring certification by the American Chemical Society must take CHEM 5960, Chemistry Research.

    Mathematics requirement:

    • One additional MATH or statistics course, 3000 or above, is highly recommended.

    Physics requirement:

    Choose Physics I & II from one of the series below.

    • Or: