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For students who entered Skidmore prior to Fall 2014.



Students majoring in chemistry are required to:

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements

     
  2. Complete the following:



    1. a core curriculum consisting of CH 105, or CH 107H; CH 106, or CH 207H; CH 221, CH 222, CH 303, CH 314, CH 332, CH 333, CH 377, CH 378; and two 300-level electives;
    2. MA 111, MA 113, or MA 108, MA 109, and MA 113 (students should consult the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to determine their placement in MA 111 or MA 108, MA 109 sequence); and
    3. PY 207, PY 208.

The Chemistry Major with Biochemistry Concentration:



Students choosing the biochemistry concentration within the chemistry major are required to:

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements.

     
  2. Complete the following:



    1. a core curriculum consisting of CH 105, or CH 107H; CH 106, or CH 207H; CH 221, CH 222, CH 330 or CH 332, CH 341, CH 342, CH 377, CH 378, and two 300-level electives, one of which must be in chemistry and one in either chemistry or biology;

       
    2. BI 105, BI 106, and one from among BI 242, BI 244, BI 245, BI 246, or BI 247;

       
    3. MA 111, MA 113, or MA 108, MA 109, and MA 113 (students should consult the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to determine their placement in MA 111 or MA 108, MA 109 sequence); and

       
    4. PY 207, PY 208.

       

WRITING IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENT: For both the chemistry major and the Chemistry major (with Biochemistry Concentration) students are required to communicate scientific ideas (written and oral) in a manner that meets international chemistry standards. Professional chemists give oral presentations, prepare written reports, submit grant proposals and publish results in scholarly journals. In fulfilling the writing requirement in the major, students will learn to: 1) write about scientific observations and conclusions in the style and format of an experienced chemist; 2) maintain a properly written laboratory notebook; 3) write formal laboratory reports in the format and style of a paper in a scholarly chemistry journal. Chemistry majors will complete the requirements for Writing in the Major upon the successful completion of the following Writing-Enhanced courses: CH 105, CH 106, or CH 107H, CH 222 and CH 333 or CH 341.  

American Chemical Society certification is available for both of the above courses of study. Interested students should consult the department chair concerning any additional requirements. Students considering graduate school are also encouraged to take chemistry electives beyond the requirements for the major and should consult their faculty mentors for advice.



 

Effective for students who enter Skidmore in Fall 2014 (Class of 2018) and after.

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements

     
  2. Complete the following:



    1. a core curriculum consisting of CH 125, CH 221CH 222, CH 214CH 232CH 332, CH 333, CH 377, CH 378; and three 300-level electives (CH 371 or CH 385 may only count once);

       
    2. A minimum of one Mathematics course: MA 113 or above (course with MA 113 prerequisite); and

       
    3. PY 207, PY 208.



The Chemistry Major with Biochemistry Concentration:



Students choosing the biochemistry concentration within the chemistry major are required to:

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements.

     
  2. Complete the following:



    1. a core curriculum consisting of CH 125, CH 221, CH 222; CH 330 or CH 332; CH 341, CH 342CH 343, CH 377, CH 378, one 200/300-level CH elective (one of which must have a lab, excluding CH 371 and CH 385), and one 300-level elective from the following list (3 credit minimum): CH303, CH 314CH 323/324CH 331/333CH 351CH 352CH 353CH 371, CH 385, BI 309BI 311, BI 323, BI 338BI 342, BI 348, BI 349, BI 351, BI 351MBI 352, BI 352MBI 360BI 361BI 363BI 368, and EX 361 (when a Biomolecular Topic);

       
    2. BI 105, BI 106, and one from among BI 242, BI 244, BI 245, BI 246, or BI 247;

       
    3. A minimum of one Mathematics course: MA 113 or above (course with MA 113 prerequisite); and

       
    4. PY 207, PY 208.



WRITING IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENT: For both the chemistry major and the Chemistry major (with Biochemistry Concentration) students are required to communicate scientific ideas (written and oral) in a manner that meets international chemistry standards. Professional chemists give oral presentations, prepare written reports, submit grant proposals and publish results in scholarly journals. In fulfilling the writing requirement in the major, students will learn to: 1) write about scientific observations and conclusions in the style and format of an experienced chemist; 2) maintain a properly written laboratory notebook; 3) write formal laboratory reports in the format and style of a paper in a scholarly chemistry journal. Chemistry majors will complete the requirements for Writing in the Major upon the successful completion of the following Writing-Enhanced courses: CH 125, CH 222; and CH 333 or CH 341.

American Chemical Society certification is available for both of the above courses of study. Interested students should consult the department chair concerning any additional requirements. Students considering graduate school are also encouraged to take chemistry electives beyond the requirements for the major and should consult their faculty mentors for advice.

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