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Chemistry

The Chemistry concentration offers courses and research opportunities that range from fundamental studies involving the characterization and preparation of synthetic and naturally occurring molecules, to interdisciplinary studies at the interfaces of chemistry with biology, medicine, physics, engineering, and nanoscience. As early as their first year, undergraduates are able to work one-on-one or in small groups with faculty members on cutting edge research projects. The Sc.B. degree provides a thorough foundation for further graduate study or for entry-level technical positions in each area. Students seeking the Sc.B. may either pursue the standard Chemistry concentration or one of the two optional tracks: Chemical Biology or Materials Chemistry. Students may also pursue the A.B. degree in Chemistry, which provides a core education in the discipline.

Standard program for the A.B. degree

CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 0360Organic Chemistry II1
CHEM 0500Inorganic Chemistry1
CHEM 0600Preparative Chemistry Lab.5
CHEM 1140Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry 11
CHEM 1150Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 11
CHEM 1160Physical Chemistry Laboratory 11
One advanced science/math electives. 21
Total Credits8.5

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

The Chemistry Department offers three tracks for the Sc.B. Chemistry Concentration – a Chemistry track, a Chemical Biology track and a Materials Chemistry track. These tracks are not separate concentrations – your degree will still be an Sc.B. in Chemistry. The Chemical Biology track is designed for students who have a strong interest in the interface of chemistry with biology. The Materials Chemistry track is designed for students who have a strong interest in the interface of chemistry with nanoscience and materials science.  The expectation is that courses required for the concentration will be taken for a letter grade.

Concentrating in Chemistry – Three tracks
The required/recommended courses for the three tracks are given below.

Chemistry Track:

CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 0360Organic Chemistry II1
CHEM 0500Inorganic Chemistry1
CHEM 0600Preparative Chemistry Lab.5
CHEM 0970Undergraduate Research1
or CHEM 0981 Undergraduate Research - Writing Designated
CHEM 0980Undergraduate Research1
or CHEM 0981 Undergraduate Research - Writing Designated
CHEM 1140Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry1
CHEM 1150Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics1
CHEM 1160Physical Chemistry Laboratory1
MATH 0180 or equivalent 31
Two Physics courses, typically 0030/0040 or 0050/00602
Six electives (at least three must be in Chemistry) 16
Total Credits18.5

Chemical Biology Track:

CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 0360Organic Chemistry II1
CHEM 0400Biophysical and Bioinorganic Chemistry1
or CHEM 0500 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 0600Preparative Chemistry Lab.5
CHEM 0970Undergraduate Research1
or CHEM 0981 Undergraduate Research - Writing Designated
CHEM 0980Undergraduate Research1
or CHEM 0981 Undergraduate Research - Writing Designated
CHEM 1140Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry1
CHEM 1230Chemical Biology1
CHEM 1240Biochemistry1
BIOL 0280Biochemistry1
MATH 0180 or equivalent 31
Two Physics courses, typically 0030/0040 or 0050/00602
Select three of the following: 43
Genetics
Cell and Molecular Biology
Introductory Microbiology
Principles of Immunology
Principles of Physiology
Principles of Neurobiology
Two other electives 12
Total Credits18.5

Materials Chemistry Track:

CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 0360Organic Chemistry II1
CHEM 0500Inorganic Chemistry1
CHEM 0600Preparative Chemistry Lab.5
CHEM 0970Undergraduate Research1
or CHEM 0981 Undergraduate Research - Writing Designated
CHEM 0980Undergraduate Research1
or CHEM 0981 Undergraduate Research - Writing Designated
CHEM 1060Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 21
CHEM 1140Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry1
CHEM 1150Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 21
CHEM 1700Nanoscale Materials: Synthesis and Applications1
MATH 0180 or equivalent 31
Two Physics courses, typically 0030/0040 or 0050/0060 22
One of the following courses1
Polymer Science for Biomaterials (or)
Biomaterials (or)
Tissue Engineering (or)
Composite Materials (or)
Biomaterials (or)
Four electives, at least two must be chemistry courses. 14
Total Credits18.5

In each of these cases, CHEM 0970/CHEM 0980 /CHEM 0981 should be carried out with a faculty member with an appointment in the Chemistry Department. Research with faculty advisors outside Chemistry may be allowed in some special cases. In this event, the student should speak with a concentration advisor to discuss this possibility.

Honors Requirements for Chemistry

 

All Chemistry concentrators who have grades of A or S with distinction in a majority of their concentration courses will be considered  for Honors; no separate application is necessary.

The requirements for Honors in Chemistry are:

* Grades of A or S with distinction in a majority of courses taken for the concentration.

* Two semesters of Independent Study (CHEM 0970, CHEM 0980, CHEM 0981 or equivalent. Guidelines and requirements associated with Independent Study are in the Undergraduate Concentration Handbook which can be found at the department website.

* A Thesis in a form approved  and recommended by the research advisor.  Additional information about thesis guidelines will be provided to seniors  by the Concentration Advisor.

* A Poster presentation at the chemistry department's spring undergraduate poster session.