By the end of the sophomore year, the following courses should be completed: First-Year Seminar (FYS); CHEM 103/107, 122, 221, 321; MATH 161/162 or 161/186; PHYS 111/112 or 131/133 or 151/152.

The requirements for the A.B. degree with a major in chemistry are:  MATH 161/162 or 161/186; PHYS 111/112 or 131/133 or 151/152; CHEM 103/107, 108, 211, 221, 231, 321  plus either 341 and two other advanced chemistry courses (not to include CHEM 342 or 343), or CHEM 342/343 with one other advanced chemistry elective (not to include CHEM 341), and 365 or 366. Advanced chemistry electives are 200- or above level courses, only one of which may be a biochemistry course. In addition, electives listed below must include College-wide requirements for the Common Course of Study.

It is recommended that the following sequence of courses be scheduled:

Fall
Spring
  • CHEM 103/107 (General I)
  • MATH 161 (Calculus I)
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Elective2
First Year
  • CHEM 108 (General II)
  • MATH 162 or 1861 (Calculus)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • CHEM 221 (Foundational Organic)
  • PHYS 111
  • Elective
  • Elective
Sophomore Year
  • CHEM 321 (Advanced Organic)
  • PHYS 112
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • CHEM 231 (Foundational Analytical)
  • CHEM 366 (Course-based Research Experience in Chemistry)
  • Elective
  • Elective
Junior Year
  • CHEM 341 (Elementary Physical) or Advanced Chemistry Elective3
  • CHEM 211 (Foundational Inorganic)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Advanced Chemistry Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
Senior Year
  • Advanced Chemistry Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

See: Lafayette College Catalog or select course links at the top of this page for individual course descriptions.

Students considering graduate school in chemistry should take PHYS 131, 133 in place of PHYS 111, 112 and CHEM 342 and 343 in place of CHEM 341.

MATH 161, 162 is the prerequisite for CHEM 342 and 343.

The recommended semester assignments shown above for advanced chemistry courses are only guidelines; these courses can be taken any semester if appropriate prerequisites have been satisfied.