By the end of the sophomore year, the following courses should be completed: First-Year Seminar (FYS); ENG 110; Values in Science and Technology (VAST) course; CHEM 121/122, 221, 222; 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 121, 122, 212 or 213, 221, 222, 231, plus either 311 and three other advanced chemistry courses (not to include CHEM 323 or 325), or CHEM 323/324 (or 325/326) with two other advanced chemistry electives (not to include CHEM 311). CHEM 323 or 325, plus three advanced courses, not including either 324 or 326, is not an option. Advanced chemistry electives are 300- or 400-level courses, only two of which may be biochemistry courses. 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 121 (General)
  • MATH 161 (Calculus I)
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Elective2
First Year
  • CHEM 122 (General)
  • MATH 162 or 1861 (Calculus)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • CHEM 221 (Organic I)
  • PHYS 111
  • Elective
  • Elective
Sophomore Year
  • CHEM 222 (Organic II)
  • PHYS 112
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • CHEM 231 (Analytical I)
  • CHEM 311 or 323 or 325 (Physical)
  • Elective
  • Elective
Junior Year
  • CHEM 324 or 326 (Physical) or Advanced Chemistry Elective3
  • CHEM 212 or 213 (Inorganic I)
  • 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 323 (or 325) and 324 (or 326) in place of CHEM 311.

1MATH 161, 162 is the prerequisite for CHEM 323, 324, 325, 326.

2 Elective requirements must include three courses in the humanities and social sciences (with at least one course in each division), two writing courses in the junior and senior year, and completion of the foreign culture requirement (demonstration of foreign language proficiency, or an approved course of study abroad, or completion of a three-course “culture cluster”).

3 Research cannot be taken as an advanced chemistry elective. Two or three 300- or 400-level chemistry courses are required. Students who take CHEM 323 or 325 must complete CHEM 324 or 326. 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.