The requirements for an ACS-certified B.S. major with a degree in chemistry are: CHEM 103 or 107, 108, 211, 221,  231, 321, 331, 342, 343, 351 or 352, 365, 366, 411 and two advanced chemistry electives1 (200-, 300- or 400-level, excluding 341, 380, 390, 391, 392, 394, 495, 496) (including a minimum of 400 hours of chemistry laboratory beyond CHEM 103/107 and 108); PHYS 111/112 or 131/133 or 151/152; MATH 161/165, 162, and one additional 200-level or higher MATH elective. In addition, electives listed below must include College-wide requirements for the Common Course of Study.

Most chemistry courses have prerequisites, and it is recommended that a student wishing to graduate in four years follow the schedule below:

Fall
Spring
  • CHEM 103 or 107 (General I)
  • MATH 161/165 (Calculus I)
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Elective
First Year
  • CHEM 108 (General II)
  • MATH 162 (Calculus II)
  • PHYS 131 or 151 or Elective
  • Elective
  • CHEM 221 (Foundational Organic)
  • PHYS 111 or 133 or 152
  • MATH 200 level or above elective
  • Elective
Sophomore Year
  • CHEM 211 (Foundational Inorganic)
  • CHEM 321 (Advanced Organic)
  • Physics 112 or Elective
  • Elective
  • CHEM 231 (Foundational Analytical)
  • CHEM 342 (Physical I)
  • CHEM 350 or 351 or 361 (Biochemistry)
  • Elective
Junior Year
  • CHEM 343 (Physical II)
  • CHEM 331 (Advanced Analytical)
  • CHEM 365 (Course-based Research Experience)
  • Elective
  • CHEM 411 (Advanced Inorganic)
  • CHEM 366 (Course-based Research Experience)
  • Advanced Chemistry Elective
  • Elective
Senior Year
  • Advanced Chemistry Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

See: Lafayette College Catalog for individual course descriptions.

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.