Brief Description of Concentration

scientist in labChemistry is the science of the structure, properties, and reactions of matter. It is both a basic science, fundamental to an understanding of the world we live in, and a practical science with an enormous number and variety of important applications. Knowledge of chemistry is fundamental to an understanding of biology and biochemistry and of certain aspects of geology, astronomy, physics, and engineering.  

Learning Objectives

Students graduating with a degree in chemistry will gain skills in a range of areas from reading scientific papers to conducting experiments safety and ethically to learning how to identify and propose solutions to problems that are novel and important. Because research is a foundation for the study of chemistry we believe that all students in the concentration should participate in an authentic research experience by the end of their senior year. 

Gateway Courses

First year students should enroll in one introductory chemistry course in the fall and one in the spring. These can be chosen from:

  • Life and Physical Sciences A (LPS A): Foundational Chemistry and Biology; fall
  • Life Sciences 1a (LS 1a): An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences - Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology; fall
  • Physical Sciences 10 (PS10): Chemistry - Quantum and Statistical Foundations of Chemistry; fall
  • Physical Sciences 1 (PS1): Chemical Bonding, Energy and Reactivity - An Introduction to the Physical Sciences; spring
  • Physical Sciences 11 (PS11): Foundations and Frontiers of Modern Chemistry - A Molecular and Global Perspective; spring
  • Chemistry 20: Organic Chemistry; spring


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