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 407 (Biochemistry I)
  • CHEM 340 (Introduction to Research)
  • CHEM 495 (Chemistry Capstone) OR CHEM 496-498 (Senior Project)
  • 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 Emphasis

Choose 4 of the following:

CHEM 312

CHEM 322

CHEM 400

CHEM 401

CHEM 402

CHEM 403

CHEM 405

CHEM 406

CHEM 408

All of the following:

CHEM 312

CHEM 322

CHEM 405 or 406

AND

1 of the following:

CHEM 400

CHEM 401

CHEM 402

CHEM 403

CHEM 408

All of the following:

CHEM 408

CHEM 322

BIOL 201

AND

1 of the following:

CHEM 312

CHEM 400

CHEM 401

CHEM 402

CHEM 403

CHEM 405

CHEM 406

All of the following:

CHEM 322

CHEM 335

AND

1 of the following:

CHEM 400

CHEM 312

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.