Not a Chem Major?

Note: Some course numbers will change in the 2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog. The old course numbers are noted in parenthesis.

Chemistry is a discipline that affects every aspect of our lives. Cars, smartphones, drugs, and art are only possible because their developers understand chemistry. Biology, metabolism, and evolution function because of chemistry. Renewable energy relies on sound chemistry. Laws and policies affect our exposure to and dependence on chemistry. Really, we can't afford not to know chemistry.

So - you're convinced that learning some chemistry is a good thing, but don't want to commit to a degree. Here are some options:

Chemistry Courses for Non-Science Majors

These chemistry courses are open to all freshmen. If you want to broaden your general knowlege of science, but don't plan to major in a natural science, one of these courses may be for you:

  • CHEM 100 fulfills the COLL 100 requirement.
  • CHEM 150 fulfills the COLL 150 requirement. 
  • CHEM 101 (Chemistry, Energy, and Environment) fulfills a COLL 200 requirement. 
  • CHEM 201 (Color, Light & Chemistry) fulfills a COLL 200 requirement.
Chemistry Courses for Other Science Majors

Several majors have a chemistry requirement. Double-check the Undergraduate Catalog to make sure you fulfill all requirements of your major. Some students may take the lecture courses without enrolling in the associated laboratory; but the labs are required for biology, neuroscience and pre-medical tracks. If you have AP or IB test credit in chemistry, you may have credit for some of these courses.

For Biology Majors and Anyone Planning to Apply to Medical School
Fall Spring
This year

CHEM 103 - Gen. Chem I

CHEM 103L - Gen. Chem I Lab

CHEM 206 - Organic I

CHEM 206L - Organic I Lab

Next year

CHEM 207 (307) - Organic II for Life Sciences

CHEM 253 (353) - Organic II Lab

CHEM 208 (308) - Gen. Chem II

CHEM 254 (354) - Gen. Chem II Lab

Also consider that once you complete the above sequence, you need only two more 3-credit Chemistry courses for an optional chemistry minor.

For Physics or Geology Majors
Fall Spring
This year

CHEM 103 - Gen. Chem I

CHEM 103L - Gen. Chem I Lab

CHEM 208 (308) - Inorganic (or Gen. Chem II)

CHEM 254 (354) - Gen. Chem II Lab