Approved by the American Chemical Society, the Carthage chemistry curriculum prepares students for graduate study, industrial chemistry, medical school, law school, engineering, and teaching.

Carthage offers both a major and minor in chemistry. To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Carthage, students must complete the Carthage Core, Distribution Requirements, and the chemistry major requirements listed below. 

Core Courses (52 credits)
  • CHM 1020 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM 2070 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 2080 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM 2120 Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHM 3110 Advanced Integrated Laboratory (4 credits)
  • CHM 3130 Physical Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 3140 Physical Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM 3230 Analytical Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 4000 Chemistry Seminar (4 credits)
  • MTH 1120 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MTH 1220 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • PHY 2200 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHY 2210 General Physics II (4 credits)
Electives (8 credits)

The chemistry major requires eight more credits from the following:

  • CHM 3010 Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • CHM 3020 Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • CHM 3100 Advanced Synthesis Laboratory* (4 credits)
  • CHM 3240 Analytical Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM 400T Topics in Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHM 4070 Advanced Organic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHM 4120 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHM 4900 Research in Chemistry* (2 or 4 credits)

* Chemistry majors may count either of these courses for 4 credits, but not both, toward the 8 credit elective.

An advanced course in physics may replace 4 elective credits with departmental approval.

ACS-CERTIFIED DEGREE

For the distinction of a degree certified by the American Chemical Society, a chemistry major must take the 13 core courses listed above, as well as CHM 3010, 3100, 3240, and 4120, and Linear Algebra (MTH 2040) or Multivariate Calculus (MTH 2120 ) or Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers (PHY 3470). Research must also be performed on or off campus for an ACS-certified degree, with a written report submitted to the department chair.

Chemistry majors who plan to teach in a secondary school setting would benefit from the following elective courses in chemistry:

  • CHM 3010 Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • CHM 3240 Analytical Chemistry II (4 credits)

The minor in chemistry requires the following core courses:

  • CHM 1010 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 1020 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM 2070 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 2080 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)

Students must also take 8 credits from the following chemistry courses: CHM 3010, CHM 3020, CHM 3100, CHM 3110, CHM 3130, CHM 3140, CHM 3230, CHM 3240, CHM 400T, CHM 4070, CHM 4120, or CHM 4900

Students with two years of high school chemistry with an average grade of B or higher may take CHM 1020 General Chemistry II without taking CHM 1010 General Chemistry I. Those students will be awarded credit for CHM 1010 upon completion of CHM 1020 with a minimum grade of C.

Please see the department chair for details about honors. 

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.