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Chemistry majors consistently perform well on a comprehensive national assessment and gain admission into top graduate and medical programs. However, the chemistry department is phasing in a more flexible revised curriculum due to several factors:
These curriculum revisions offer, as new ACS policies recommend, a set of five foundation courses (200-level courses with labs) that cover the five divisions of chemistry—analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical—followed by a selection of five in-depth courses (300- and 400-level courses). CHE 115 or its AP equivalent still is a pre-requisite for all foundation courses. In-depth courses can fall within a single division (e.g. Organic II) or span multiple divisions (e.g. Environmental Chemistry).
The chemistry courses that you took in high school will play a role in determining your schedule of chemistry courses here at Davidson. Additionally, physics and mathematics pre-requisites are preferably taken in the first and second years. As a prospective chemistry major, you should discuss your interest and course planning with a faculty member as soon as you begin considering the major.
Attendance at 10 sessions of the Chemistry Colloquium Series during junior and senior years.
Students primarily interested in biological chemistry are advised to take the following courses, which fully satisfy the requirements for a chemistry major:
The requirements for supporting and prerequisite courses, as well as attendance at the Chemistry Colloquium Series, is the same as for the traditional chemistry major.
When planning your schedule and your first chemistry class as a first-year student at Davidson, consider the following:
You can fulfill the math requirement by receiving credit for either MAT 113 or MAT 140
Most incoming chemistry students have already taken calculus in high school. Starting with MAT 111 is only necessary if you do not have any calculus background. With AP/IB credit, you are eligible for MAT 113; without AP credit, you likely will take MAT 112 and 140. Keep in mind that while MAT 113 and 140 each fulfill the math requirement for chemistry, you are encouraged to take additional math courses if you intend to pursue graduate school in chemistry.
Please see Mathematics Course Placement for additional information.
Some students pursue graduation with honors and/or a degree that is certified by the American Chemical Society. If you are interested in either of these options, please speak with your major adviser or another chemistry faculty member.
Graduation with honors requires fulfillment of the basic major as well as completion of CHE 497, which may be used as one of the five in-depth course requirements.
The American Chemical Society recommends a specific program for all chemistry majors who plan to study chemistry in graduate school or to seek employment as professional chemists. Students who complete the basic major with five in-depth chemistry courses, including at least one semester or summer of independent research, fulfill the ACS requirements. Students who use summer research to fulfill this requirement must submit a written report of their work to the department chair; others, to their adviser. If you are pursuing ACS certification, you are strongly encouraged to take MAT 150 or 235.