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Which First Year Chemistry Course Should I Choose?


Use the following tables to help you find the right course. The first table will help you choose the right course. The second table will tell you a little about each of the first year courses. You should also discuss your choice with your advisor, the instructor, or the chair of the Chemistry Department.

If you are considering majoring in chemistry, see the suggested course sequence for other courses for your first year.

If you Then you should consider
just want to take a chemistry course that satisfies the natural science requirement.
want to major in chemistry, biology, exercise science, or neuroscience, or are interested in a health-related field, BUT you do not have much background in chemistry and/or algebra.
want to major in chemistry, biology, or neuroscience, or are interested in a health-related field, AND you have had one year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.
want to major in chemistry, biology, exercise science, or neuroscience, or are interested in a health-related field, AND you have a strong background in chemistry (honors or AP courses, usually).

 

Course
Intended Audience
Prerequisites
Requirements Met
Offered
CH 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab
Students with little or no previous experience in chemistry
QR1
•Natural sciences requirement
•QR2
Spring
CH 105 Chemical Principles I
Students interested in majoring in chemistry or other natural sciences or health-related areas

•QR1
•One year of high school chemistry
•Two years of high school algebra

•Natural sciences requirement
•QR2
Fall
CH 105H Chemical Principles I (Honors)
Accelerated course for students with a strong background in chemistry who are interested in majoring in chemistry or other natural sciences or health-related areas
•QR1
•One year of high school chemistry
•Two years of high school algebra
•Natural sciences requirement
•QR2
Fall
CH106 Chemical Principles II
A continuation of CH 105
CH 105 or CH 105H
Prerequisite for CH 221 Organic Chemistry I
Spring
CH 106H Chemical Principles II (Honors)
A continuation of CH 105H
CH 105 or CH 105H
Prerequisite for CH 221 Organic Chemistry I
Spring
CH 110 Chemistry of Foods and Flavors with Lab
Introductory course for students who wish to take a chemistry course with an emphasis on food
QR1
•Natural sciences requirement
•QR2
varies
CH 111 Environmental Chemistry
Introductory course for students who wish to take a chemistry course with an emphasis on the environment. Satisfies requirements for the Environmental Studies major.
QR1
QR2
Fall
CH 112 Environmental Chemistry with Lab
Introductory course for students who wish to take a chemistry course with an emphasis on the environment. Satisfies requirements for the Environmental Studies major.
QR1
•Natural sciences requirement
•QR2
Fall
QR1-Quantitative Reasoning 1
QR2-Quantitative Reasoning 2
CH 101 and CH 109, the non-lab versions of CH 103 and CH 110, are not routinely offered.

 




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