Plan of Study

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.

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 [[chemis, Chemistry Office]] in ISC 1039 (757-221-2540) can be of assistance if you need help selecting an advisor.

Sample Plans for a Chemistry B.S.
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.

Path A
Year Fall Spring
1 General Chemistry I, CHEM 103 (3)
General Chemistry Lab I, CHEM 103L (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 II, Chem 208 (3)

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 and Instrumental Analysis Lab, CHEM 309L (4)

Physical Chemistry II, CHEM 302 (3)
Physical Chemistry CHEM 302L(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.

Path B
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 and Instrumental Analysis Lab, CHEM 309L (4)

Physical Chemistry II, CHEM 302 (3) and Physical Chemistry Lab, CHEM 302L (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.

Path C
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 and CHEM 309L (4)
CHEM 312 (3)
CHEM 314 (3)
4 CHEM 301 (3)
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
CHEM 302 (3) and CHEM 302L (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.

Path D
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 and CHEM 309L (4)
PHYS 102/102D/102L (4)
CHEM 312 (3)
CHEM 314 (3)
4 CHEM 301 (3) 
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
CHEM 302 (3) and CHEM 302L (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

Path E
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 and CHEM 309L (4)
PHYS 102/102D/102L (4)
CHEM 312 (3)
CHEM 314 (3)
4 CHEM 301 (3) 
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
CHEM 302 (3) and CHEM 302L (1)
CHEM 4xx elective (3)
senior writing requirement (0)
* CHEM 208 is not needed if you take CHEM 205 in the first semester