Degree Requirements

Interested in Satisfying the Collegiate Requirement in Natural Science and Mathematics?

Chemistry major using sophisticated equipmentCheck out the following chemistry courses!

  • Drugs and the Body (CHEM 117)
  • Chemistry and Crime (CHEM 125)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 130)
  • Chemistry of Winemaking (CHEM 160).

Students who have taken the AP Exam in Chemistry and have obtained a grade of four or five will receive credit for General Chemistry (CHEM 210/215) without enrolling in these courses.

Interested in Minoring in Chemistry?

Students who minor in chemistry complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 220/230 
  • CHEM 261/262 (Organic Chemistry)
  • ONE course of the following:
    • CHEM 311
    • CHEM 335
    • CHEM 407

Interested in Becoming a Chemistry Major?

Chemistry majors can select among four different programs of emphasis:

  • ACS-certified General Emphasis - for students who want to pursue a job in chemistry after graduation
  • ACS-certified Biochemistry Emphasis - for students who want to go to medical school or enter another health-related field
  • ACS-certified Research Emphasis - for students who want to get a Ph.D. in chemistry after graduation.
  • ACS-certified Forensic Science Emphasis - for students who want to enter the field of Criminal Justice.

All students must complete the core requirements for the major:

  • CHEM 210/215 (General Chemistry, may not be required depending upon placement exam)
  • CHEM 220/230 (Inorganic Chemistry, Quantitative Chemical Analysis)
  • CHEM 261-262 (Organic Chemistry I and II)
  • CHEM 311 (Physical Chemistry I)
  • CHEM 322 (Instrumental Methods of Analysis)
  • CHEM 345 (Junior Seminar)
  • CHEM 407 (Biochemistry I)
  • CHEM 445 (Senior Seminar)
  • CHEM 400 (Chemical Internship), CHEM 495 (Chemistry Capstone), CHEM 496-498 (Senior Project), or student teaching
  • PHYS 151-152 (Introductory Physics)
  • MATH 131-132 or MATH 141-142 (Calculus I and II)

The remainder of the curriculum depends on the emphasis:

General Emphasis

Research Emphasis

Recommended for graduate school

Biochemistry Emphasis

Recommended for pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental and pre-veterinary students

Forensic Science Emphasis

Choose 3 of the following:

CHEM 305

CHEM 312

CHEM 335

CHEM 400

CHEM 401

CHEM 402

CHEM 403

CHEM 405

CHEM 406

CHEM 408

All of the following:

CHEM 312

CHEM 405 or 406

AND

1 of the following:

CHEM 305

CHEM 335

CHEM 400

CHEM 401

CHEM 402

CHEM 403

CHEM 408

All of the following:

CHEM 408

BIOL 201

AND

1 of the following:

CHEM 305

CHEM 335

CHEM 312

CHEM 400

CHEM 401

CHEM 402

CHEM 403

CHEM 405

CHEM 406

All of the following:

CHEM 335

AND

2 of the following:

CHEM 305

CHEM 312

CHEM 400

CHEM 401

CHEM 402

CHEM 403

CHEM 405

CHEM 406

CHEM 408

Students who wish to gain certification by the State of Virginia to teach secondary-school chemistry may do so by completing the Endorsement in Chemistry, which includes a minor in secondary-school education. The Chemistry Endorsement includes a sequence of courses in the Education Department as well as a core of courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Students interested in education and chemistry should contact April Marchetti at amarchetti@rmc.edu to develop a personalized curriculum plan.