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


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
    Our basic chemistry degree at Wheaton College prepares our graduates for engaging in a wide range of service, management, and leadership roles in chemistry and allied fields by providing a strong foundation in each of the major subfields of the discipline.
  • Chemistry Major with Biochemistry Concentration
    Our biochemistry concentration builds on the foundational chemistry degree by incorporating courses at the interface of chemistry and biology.
  • Chemistry Major ACS Certified*
    The ACS-certified degree has been approved by the American Chemical Society and reflects a comprehensive, lab intensive program that goes beyond the basic major to include additional advanced laboratory courses and the option to do chemistry research with a faculty mentor.
  • Chemistry Major ACS Certified* in Biochemistry
    The ACS-certified degree in biochemistry is also approved by the American Chemical Society and includes further advanced coursework in biochemistry the the option of doing biochemistry research.
  • Chemistry Minor
    The chemistry minor includes the first two years of the chemistry program plus some advanced electives that help students develop good scientific laboratory techniques.  Many students considering medical school or allied health fields will benefit from a chemistry minor.

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

Possible course sequence for Chemistry majors (PDF) »

Degree requirements for chemistry majors can be found in the college catalog.

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