Plan of Study

New Curriculum

Note that our major requirements will change in Fall 2017.

If you declare your major after August 2017, you will follow the new curriculum. If you declared your major before August 2017, you will follow the old curriculum. Talk to your major advisor if you have questions.

Our course numbering has also changed.

These files might help:

A major in Chemistry requires a significant number of prerequisite courses. With proper planning, most students manage to fit all prerequisite and required courses into 4 years.

Here are several sample plans for a Chemistry B.S.:

  • Path A: for students who enter the College with no AP, IB, or transfer credit, and take Chemistry courses in their first semester.
  • Path B: for students who enter the College with AP, IB, or transfer credit and take Chemistry courses in their first semester.
  • Path C: for students who will have completed MATH 111, 112, and Physics 101-102 with labs by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Path D: for students completing Math 111 and 112 but not Physics by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Path E: for students who completed Calculus but not Physics by the end of their sophomore year and cannot attend summer school.

If you are getting a late start with Chemistry and are missing prerequisites, you may be able to take them in the summer. One easy solution is to take Physics 101-102 with labs in the summer. You may do this at either W&M or another pre-approved institution. You must take courses required for the major at W&M. But - Physics is a prerequisite, not a required major course, so you may take it away from W&M.

There are other possible paths through the major. Your faculty advisor can help you plan the sequence that best fits your needs. The department chair can also help. Contact the Chemistry Office in ISC 1039 (757-221-2540) for an appointment with the department chair, or if you need help selecting an advisor.

Sample Plans
Path A: for students who enter the College with no AP, IB, or transfer credit for General Chemistry, Math, or Physics and elect to begin Chemistry courses in their first semester.
Year Fall Spring
1 General Chemistry I, CHEM 103 (3)
General Chemistry Lab I (1)
Calculus I, MATH 111 (4)
Organic Chemistry I, CHEM 206 (3)
Organic Chemistry Lab I, CHEM 206L (1)
Calculus II, MATH 112 (4)
2 Organic Chemistry II, CHEM 209 (or 207) (3)
Organic Chemistry Lab II, CHEM 253 (1)
General Physics I with lab, PHYS 101/D/L (4)
General Chemistry Lab II, CHEM 256 (or 254)
General Physics II with lab, PHYS 102/D/L
Biochemistry, CHEM 314 (3)
3 Physical Chemistry I, CHEM 301 (3)
Instrumental Analysis, CHEM 309 (3)
Integrated Phys./Analyt. Lab I, CHEM 303 (1)
Physical Chemistry II, CHEM 302 (3)
Integrated Phys./Analyt. Lab II, CHEM 304 (1)
Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 312 (3)
4 CHEM 4xx elective (3) CHEM 4xx elective (3)
senior writing requirement (0)
Path B: for students who enter the College with AP, IB, or transfer credit for General Chemistry and elect to begin Chemistry courses in their first semester.
Year Fall Spring
1 Advanced Freshman Chemistry, CHEM 205 (3)
Calculus I, MATH 111 (4)
Organic Chemistry I, CHEM 206 (3)
Organic Chemistry Lab I, CHEM 206L (1)
Calculus II, MATH 112 (4)
2 Organic Chemistry II, CHEM 209 (or 207) (3)
Organic Chemistry Lab II, CHEM 253 (1)
General Physics I with lab, PHYS 101/D/L (4)
General Chemistry Lab II, CHEM 256 (or 254)
General Physics II with lab, PHYS 102/D/L
Biochemistry, CHEM 314 (3)
3 Physical Chemistry I, CHEM 301 (3)
Instrumental Analysis, CHEM 309 (3)
Integrated Phys./Analyt. Lab I, CHEM 303 (1)
Physical Chemistry II, CHEM 302 (3)
Integrated Phys./Analyt. Lab II, CHEM 304 (1)
Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 312 (3)
4 CHEM 4xx elective (3) CHEM 4xx elective (3)
senior writing requirement (0)
Path C: for students who will have completed MATH 111, 112, and Physics 101-102 with labs by the end of their sophomore year.
Year Fall Spring
2 CHEM 103 or 205 (3)
CHEM 103L (1)
CHEM 206 (3) and CHEM 206L (1)
CHEM 208 (3)* and CHEM 256 (or 254) lab (1)**
3 CHEM 209 (or 207) (3) and 253 lab (1)**
CHEM 309 (3)
CHEM 312 (3)
CHEM 314 (3)
4 CHEM 301 (3) and CHEM 303 lab (1)
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
CHEM 302 (3) and CHEM 304 lab (1)
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
senior writing requirement (0)
* CHEM 208 is not needed if you take CHEM 205 in the first semester
* Courses CHEM 209 (or 207) and CHEM 208 plus the 253 and 254 labs can also be taken
in the summer at W&M between the second and third years.
You would then be on Path A beginning with the third year.
Path D: for students completing Math 111 and 112 but not Physics by the end of their sophomore year.
Year Fall Spring
2 CHEM 103 or 205 (3)
CHEM 103L (1)
CHEM 206 (3) and 206L (1)
Summer CHEM 207 (3) and CHEM 253 lab (1)  CHEM 208 (3)* and 254 lab (1)
3 PHYS 101/101D/101L (4)
CHEM 309 (3)
PHYS 102/102D/102L (4)
CHEM 312 (3)
CHEM 314 (3)
4 CHEM 301 (3) and CHEM 303 lab (1)
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
CHEM 302 (3) and CHEM 304 lab (1)
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
senior writing requirement (0)
* CHEM 208 is not needed if you take CHEM 205 in the first semester
Note: The simplest thing to do is take Physics 101-102 with labs in the summer. Then follow Path C.  
Path E: for students who have completed Math 111 and 112 but not Physics by the end of their sophomore year who cannot attend summer school
Year Fall Spring
2 CHEM 103 or 205 (3)
CHEM 103L (1)
CHEM 206 (3) and 206L (1)
CHEM 208 (3)* and CHEM 256 (or 254) lab (1)
3 PHYS 101/101D/101L (4)
CHEM 209 (or 207) (3) and CHEM 253 lab (1)
CHEM 309 (3)
PHYS 102/102D/102L (4)
CHEM 312 (3)
CHEM 314 (3)
4 CHEM 301 (3) and CHEM 303 lab (1)
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
CHEM 302 (3) and CHEM 304 lab (1)
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
senior writing requirement (0)
* CHEM 208 is not needed if you take CHEM 205 in the first semester