The requirements for an ACS-certified B.S. major with a degree in chemistry are: CHEM 121, 122, 213, 221, 222, 231, 325, 326, 332, 351, 392 or 394 or 495, 431, and two advanced (300- or 400-level, excluding independent study or thesis) chemistry electives1 (including a minimum of 500 hours of chemistry laboratory); PHYS 131/133 or 151/152; MATH 161, 162, 263, and 264, 272, or 300. 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 121 (General I)
  • MATH 161 (Calculus I)
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Elective
First Year
  • CHEM 122 (General II)
  • MATH 162 (Calculus II)
  • PHYS 131 or 151
  • Elective
  • CHEM 221 (Organic I)
  • PHYS 133 or 152
  • MATH 263 (Calculus III)
  • Elective
Sophomore Year
  • CHEM 213 (Inorganic I)
  • CHEM 222 (Organic II)
  • MATH 264 or 272 or 300
  • Elective
  • CHEM 231 (Analytical I)
  • CHEM 325 (Physical I)
  • CHEM 351 (Biochemistry)
  • Elective
Junior Year
  • CHEM 326 (Physical II)
  • CHEM 332 (Analytical II)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • CHEM 431 (Advanced Inorganic)
  • CHEM 391 or 392 or 495 (Research)2
  • Advanced Chemistry Elective1
  • 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.

1 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. Advanced chemistry courses counting toward ACS certification:

  • CHEM 342 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 352 Experimental Biochemistry
  • CHEM 452 Topics in Advanced Biochemistry
  • CHEM 440 Structure Determination by Physical Methods
  • CHEM 462 Advanced Physical Chemistry

No more than one of the two required electives can be in biochemistry (CHEM 352, 452)

2 Research (Independent Research or Thesis) beyond the requirement of CHEM 392 or 394 or 495 may count as a free (not chemistry) elective for the B.S. degree.