2014-2015 Catalog 
    Apr 18, 2021  
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Major

Major Requirements

The major in chemistry requires the following courses:

  1. CHEM 014L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry  or CHEM 040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry , and
    CHEM 015L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry , or
    CHEM 029L KS - Accelerated General Chemistry 
  2. PHYS 033L KS - Principles of Physics  and PHYS 034L KS - Principles of Physics , or
    PHYS 030L KS - General Physics  and PHYS 031L KS - General Physics 
    (with permission of adviser)
  3. CHEM 116L KS - Organic Chemistry  and CHEM 117L KS - Organic Chemistry 
  4. CHEM 121 KS - Principles of Physical Chemistry  and CHEM 122 KS - Principles of Physical Chemistry 
  5. CHEM 126L KS - Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry  and CHEM 127L KS - Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry 
  6. CHEM 128 KS - Inorganic Chemistry 
  7. BIOL 177 KS - Biochemistry /CHEM 177 KS - Biochemistry 
  8. Elective: one advanced elective course (or two one-half credit courses) in chemistry, molecular biology, or interdisciplinary electives involving chemical concepts of techniques, chosen in consultation with the chemistry faculty
  9. Senior Thesis: chemistry majors must complete a one- or two-semester thesis in chemistry. For further information, see Senior Thesis in Science .


Special Option for Chemistry Majors


  • Requirements 1 and 2 will also be completed by both semesters of the Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS) .
  • For lower-division courses and prerequisites in other disciplines (math, physics), see above.
  • Students completing a dual major in chemistry are not eligible for the ACS accredited major.

Learning Goals of the Program in Chemistry

The objectives for the major in chemistry are to prepare students for:

  1. Graduate school
  2. Medical school
  3. Chemical/biotech industry
  4. STEM teaching
  5. Management consulting/investment banking.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Program in Chemistry

In addition to the Keck Science overall learning outcomes, the chemistry major also has the following student learning outcomes:

Students majoring in chemistry will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of chemistry, physics and math to solve chemical problems;
  2. Process a breadth of knowledge in analytical, physical, organic, analytical, inorganic and biochemistry;
  3. Identify, formulate and solve complex problems;
  4. Have a mastery of techniques and skills used by chemists.