Requirements

The Monmouth College chemistry department offers two possible degrees in chemistry: a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 13 courses in the major and 32 courses at the college. The Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of 16 courses for the major and 34 courses at the college. The Bachelor of Science degree can lead to American Chemical Society certification upon graduation.

The chemistry department also offers a minor in chemistry that is often combined with majors in biology, biopsychology, and exercise science.

Major requirements (BS for an ACS accredited degree)

 The BS degree is recommended for those students planning to seek employment in industrial or government labs, as well as those planning to pursue graduate work in chemistry-related areas.

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 220 Introductory Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 270 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 312 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 325 Integrated Lab
  • CHEM 340 Instrumental Analysis
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
  • PHYS 130 Physics I
  • PHYS 132 Physics II
  • CHEM 350 Science Seminar (a total of 4 semesters)
  • CHEM 430 Research: Students are required to participate for at least two semesters; one semester must be in the senior year. May be taken for 0.25 or 0.5 course per semester.

Students obtaining the BS must select one additional course from the following list.

  • CHEM 331 Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 362 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 370 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 380 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • BIOC 390 Advanced Biochemistry
  • PHYS 310 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 325 Solid State Physics

Students who complete coursework for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry will complete the course-work required for an ACS certified degree. Final certification is contingent upon completion of a thorough written report of a research project in CHEM 430.


Major requirements (BA)

The BA in Chemistry is recommended for those who would like to combine a degree in Chemistry with interests in other areas. 

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 220 Introductory Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 270 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 312 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 325/340* Integrated Laboratory/Instrumental Analysis (total of 1.5 courses)
  • MATH 151 Calculus I (fulfills QRP for the major)
  • PHYS 130 Physics I
  • PHYS 132 Physics II

*Co-requisite courses (must be taken concurrently).

  • CHEM 350 Science Seminar. A total of 4 semesters.
  • CHEM 430 Research (0.5 course). Students are required to participate for at least two semesters; one semester must be in the senior year. May be
    taken for 0.25 or 0.5 course/semester.

Students must choose between one of the two following courses:

  • BIOC 330 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II

Minor requirements

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 220 Introductory Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 312 Physical Chemistry I or BIOC 330 Biochemistry