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Chemistry Major and Minor Requirements

Chemistry is linked to a large number of related disciplines: atmospheric science, biochemistry, pharmacology, geology, psychology, oceanography, ecology, business, and law.  The broad range of careers that require a background in chemistry include research (industrial, academic, or government laboratories), teaching, medical professions (including dental and veterinary), patent law, science writing, library science, and chemical sale.

Students considering a major or minor in chemistry should enroll in appropriate chemistry courses during their first year. The following courses of study are available:

Laboratory and critical thinking skills culminate in chemical research projects.  Students are encouraged to participate in paid summer research experiences with chemistry faculty.  Additionally, majors undertake a senior project that includes opportunities for supervised research, writing and speaking about chemistry, and a seminar program.

Required courses

Math 135-136 is required of all chemistry majors.
One year of physics is required of all chemistry majors 103-104 or 151-152 for Plan 2.
Note that the calculus sequence is a prerequisite for physical chemistry 341-342, which is typically a third-year chemistry sequence.

Senior Year Experience (SYE) - All chemistry majors complete a senior research project in collaboration  with a chemistry faculty member.  Additionally, majors are strongly encouraged to participate in paid summer research experiences either at St. Lawrence or at another college or university.

A minor in chemistry entails completion of CHEM 103-104, CHEM 221 or CHEM 223, two additional electives at the 200 level or above, and one additional elective at the 300 level or above. An SYE mentored by a chemistry professor, following all chemistry SYE guidelines, may serve as one of the electives.

Current list of Majors and Minors for the department.