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Majors

The Chemistry department at Wheaton offers four different tracks in the major to allow you to concentrate on the area of your greatest interest.

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Our faculty teach a full range of courses in their specialty areas including analytical, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and biochemistry. The four major tracks available give you the flexibility to tailor your program to best meet your needs and interests.

Major/Minor Tracks

  • Chemistry Major

  • Chemistry Major with Biochemistry Concentration
    Provides a focus on biochemistry rather than other branches of chemistry (physical, analytical, inorganic or organic). 
  • Chemistry Major ACS Certified*
    This track is certified by the American Chemical Society and reflects a comprehensive, lab intensive course of study (400 hours in lab beyond 236 are required). 
  • Chemistry Major ACS Certified* in Biochemistry
    This track is certified by the American Chemical Society and reflects a comprehensive, lab intensive course of study (400 hours in lab beyond 236 are required). It also includes Advanced Biochemistry and the option of doing biochem research instead of Synthesis an Analysis.
  • Chemistry Minor

* The department recommends an ACS major for those who are interested in jobs in industry or graduate programs in chemistry.

Chemistry Degree Requirements

Track of Study Required Courses

Name of Course

# of Credits

Chemistry (core)

Chem 294 Colloquium 2
Chem 236 General Chem I 4
  Chem 237 Inorganic Chem 4
  Chem 341 Organic Chem I 4
  Chem 342 Organic Chem II 4
  Chem 355 Intro to Analytical Chem 2
  Chem 371 Physical Chemistry I 4
  Chem 372 Physical Chemistry II 2
 

Chem 436 
(or 437)*

Physical Inorganic Chem
(or Organometallic Chem)
2
  Chem 455
(or 457)**
Advance Analytical I (orII) 2
  Chem 475 Methods of Physical Chem 2
  Chem 494 Capstone 2
Total Credit Hours   34
Required supporting courses: Math 231 
and 232
Calculus I and II 8
  Phys 231      and 232 Introductory Physics I and II 8
*Chem 436 is NOT a prerequisite of Chem 437, so either fulfills the requirement.
**Chem 455 is NOT a prerequisite of Chem 457, so either fulfills the requirement.
 

Basic Major

     
In addition to core, Chemistry majors need to take 400 Level Chem Course Elective 2
Total Credit Hours   36
 

Biochemistry Concentration

Chem 461 General Biochemistry—substitute for 4 hours in core beyond 371 (excluding 494) 4
  Chem 462 Advance Biochemistry 2
Total Credit Hours   36
 

American Chemical Society Certified Major

Chem 457
(or 455)*
Advanced Analytical                  (whichever has not yet been taken) 2
  Chem 461 General Biochemistry 4
  Chem 485 Synthesis and Analysis 2
Total Credit Hours   42
 *Additionally, Chem 436 must be taken as part of the core requirements rather than Chem 437.

Biochemistry ACS

Chem 461 General Biochemistry 4
  Chem 462 Advanced Biochemistry 2
  Chem 485
or 495
Synthesis and Analysis or Biochem Research 2
Total Credit Hours   42
 

For Students Pursuing Teaching Careers

  Chem 236 General Chem I 4
  Chem 237 Inorganic Chem 4
  Chem 341 Inorganic Chem II 4
  Chem 342 Inorganic Chem II 4
  Chem 355 Intro to Analytical Chem 2
  Chem 371 Physical Chemistry I 4
  Chem 461 General Biochemistry 4
  Chem 494 Capstone 2
Total Chemistry Credit Hours   28
Required supporting courses: Phys 221 General Physics I 4
  Phys 222 General Physics II 4
  ASTR 301
(or ASTR 302)
Planetary Astronomy (Stellar Astronomy) 2
  SCI 321 Science for Elementary and Middle Grade Education Science Curriculum 2
  BIOL 201 Principles of Biology 4
  GEOL 211 Physical Geology 4
Total Credit Hours   48
Students who desire Illinois state teacher licensure will complete a double major in Chemistry and Secondary Education. This license will entitle the student to teach the beginning level of any science class and advance levels of Chemistry classes.

 

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