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Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Olin Hall 201
(309) 677-3030

Chemistry Major

The Chemistry major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in chemistry or allied fields. The major is designed to develop in the student a scientific attitude towards problem solving, as well as a broad background in the knowledge and skills necessary for either further education or immediate employment. Professional chemists are involved in the development and application of materials and processes to meet current and future needs in areas such as energy, agriculture, and in virtually any other field that strives to improve the quality of life. In addition to providing a well-rounded foundation in the traditional areas of chemistry such as organic, physical, analytical, and inorganic, the curriculum includes elective courses in materials chemistry, spectroscopy, environmental chemistry, and molecular modeling. The Chemistry major meets the requirements for certification of the degree by the American Chemical Society.

In addition to meeting the general education requirements of the University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chemistry majors must successfully complete the following courses:

Required Courses

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
CHM 110/111 General Chemistry I with lab 4
  116/117 General Chemistry II with lab 5
  252/253 Organic Chemistry I with lab 5
  256/257 Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
  292 Chemical Informatics 1
  326 Analytical Chemistry with lab 4
  360/361 Biochemistry with lab 4
  380 Junior Seminar (2 semesters) 0
  420 Instrumental Analysis 4
  436/437 Inorganic Chemistry with lab 4
  470/471 Physical Chemistry I with lab 4
  476 Physical Chemistry II 3
  480 Senior Seminar 1
    Chemistry Electives
(must include 3 or 4 hours of lab courses)
BIO 151/152 From Molecules to Cells with lab 4
MTH   Calculus (2 semesters) 7 or 8
PHY   Physics I & II with labs 8
    Total credits 69-70

Chemistry Electives (7 hrs required)

  • 299    Directed Studies in Chemistry, 1-3 hrs
  • 316    Environmental Chemistry, 3 hrs
  • 332    Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, 3 hrs
  • 412    Molecular Modeling, 1 hr
  • 414    Chemical Group Theory, 1 hr
  • 440    Materials Chemistry, 3 hrs
  • 441    Materials Chemistry Lab, 1 hr
  • 450    Industrial Organic Chemistry, 1 hr
  • 452    Physical Organic Chemistry
  • 454    Organic Spectroscopy, 3 hrs
  • 455    Organic Spectroscopy Lab, 1 hr
  • 465    Protein Structure & Function, 3 hrs
  • 466    Intermediary Metabolism, 3 hrs
  • 467    Advanced Biochemistry Lab, 1 hr
  • 477    Physical Chemistry Lab II, 1 hr
  • 499    Directed Studies in Chemistry, 1-3 hrs
  • 500    Chemical Topics, 1-3 hrs
  • LAS 301   Coop. Education/Internship, 0-3 hrs

Four Year Plan

A chemistry major might complete the required science courses according to the following schedule. Students need not exceed a full load (16 credits/semester) to graduate in four years. Note that required general education courses would be distributed among the eight semesters.


Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Freshman General Chemistry I with lab
Calculus I
General Chemistry II with lab
Calculus II
From Molecules to Cells with lab
Sophomore Organic Chemistry I with lab
Physics I with lab
Organic Chemistry II with lab
Analytical Chemistry with lab
Chemical Informatics
Physics II with lab
Junior Biochemistry with lab
Physical Chemistry I with lab
Junior Seminar
Physical Chemistry II
Inorganic Chemistry with lab
Junior Seminar
Senior Instrumental Analysis
Chemistry Electives
Senior Seminar
Chemistry Electives