Getting a Late Start as a Chemistry Major

A major in chemistry requires a significant number of prerequisite courses.  If you are getting a late start and find that you are missing prerequisites, you may be able to take them in the summer at William & Mary or another pre-approved institution.

We have developed the following optional plans based on possible scenarios with respect to majors who begin Chemistry 103 in the sophomore year.

I. Individuals who will have completed Math 111, 112, and 212 or 213 and Physics 101-102 with labs by the end of their sophomore year

Year

Fall

Spring

2

Chem 103 (3 credits)
Chem 103 lab (1)

Chem 206 (3) and 206 lab (1)
Chem 305 or 308 (3) and 354 or 356 lab (1)*

3

Chem 209 or 307 (3) and
Chem 353 lab (1)
Chem 301 (3)  
Chem 320 (1)

Chem 302 (3)
Chem 320 (0)
Chem 4xx (3) - elective

4

Chem 309 (3) and 303 lab (1)
Chem 4xx (3) - elective

Chem 304 lab (1)
Chem 4xx (3) - elective

Research (1-3) - optional, each semester

* Instead of doing 305 or 308 and 209 or 307 plus the 353 and 354 labs in the academic year, these could be taken in the summer at W&M between the second and third years, which would put you in the standard chemistry track.

II. Individuals completing Math 212 or 213 but not physics by the end of the sophomore year

The simplest thing to do is to take Physics 101-102 with labs in the summer either at William and Mary or another pre-approved institution and then follow the program outlined above. (Requisite chemistry courses can only be taken at William and Mary.) An additional option would be as follows:

Year

Fall

Spring

2

Chem 103 (3) and 103 lab (1)

Chem 206 (3) and 206 lab (1)

Summer

Chem 307 (3) and 353 lab (1)

Chem 308 (3) and 354 (1)

3

Physics 101 and lab (4)
Chem 301 (3)  Chem 320 (1)

Physics 102 and lab (4)
Chem 302 (3)
Chem 320 (0)

4

Chem 309 (3) and 303 lab (1)
Chem 4xx - elective

Chem 304 lab (1)
Chem 4xx - elective
Chem 4xx - elective

Research (1-3) optional, each semester

If you cannot attend a summer session, you could do the following:

Year

Fall

Spring

2

Chem 103 (3) and 103 lab (1)

Chem 206 (3) and 206 lab (1)
Chem 305 (or 308) and 354 or 356 lab (1)

3

Physics 101 and lab (4)
Chem 209 (3) and 353 lab (1)
Chem 301 (3)  
Chem 320 (1)

Physics 102 and lab (4)
Chem 302 (3)
Chem 320 (0)

4

Chem 309 (3) and 303 lab (1)
Chem 4xx - elective

Chem 304 lab (1)
Chem 4xx - elective
Chem 4xx - elective

Research (1-3) optional, each semester

 

III. Individuals completing Math 112 but not Math 212 or 213 and Physics 101-102 with labs by the end of their sophomore year

If you are in this category, summer school is almost mandatory.

Year
Fall
Spring

2

Chem 103 (3) and 103 lab (1)

Chem 206 (3) and 206 lab (1)
Chem 305 (or 308) (3) and 354 or 356 lab (1)

Summer

Physics 101 and lab (4)

Physics 102 and lab (4)

3

Math 212 or 213 (3-4)
Chem 209 (3) and 353 lab (1)
Chem 301 (3)  Chem 320 (1)

Chem 302 (3)
Chem 320 (0)

4

Chem 309 (3) and 303 lab (1)
Chem 4xx - elective

Chem 304 lab (1)
Chem 4xx - elective
Chem 4xx - elective

Research (1-3) optional, each semester

 

Course descriptions can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Please keep in mind that these are only recommended options. To make an appointment with the department chair for advising or to declare a chemistry major, please contact the [[chemis, Chemistry Office]] at 757-221-2540.