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    For students entering in 2023-24
Chemistry (B.S.) Suggested 4-year Plan

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» Chemistry (B.S.): Suggested 4-year Plan for 2023-24

How to Use your 4-year Plan

  • This is a suggested 4-year plan for your major and not meant to replace regular academic advising.
  • The plan is flexible and can be changed to accommodate studying abroad, a second major/minor(s) or AP/IB credits.
  • You should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your interests and goals.
  • You must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate and 72-76 major-specific credits to earn a B.S. in Chemistry.
  • Transfer students and those seeking second majors should contact the program advisor for degree planning.
  • If you have any questions, contact schmidcollege@chapman.edu.

Suggested 4-year Plan

  • We encourage you to select your General Education (GE) and minor/second major/Themed Inquiry/Honors program around the plan below. Once you fill your GE classes around your major classes, you will have a better idea of space remaining each semester when choosing your Exploration Focus.
  • To be enrolled full time, you must take at least 12 credits a semester.
  • In order to graduate within 4 years, we recommend you take 30 credits a year.

Year 1

Fall Semester (10-11 credits for major)

  • FFC 100B - First Year Foundations: Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  • MATH 115 - Accelerated Calculus Part I: Differentiation and Integration (4 credits) OR MATH 110: Calculus I*
  • CHEM 140 - General Chemistry I (3 credits)**
  • CHEM 140L - General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)

Spring Semester (10 credits for major)

  • CHEM 100 - Introduction to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors and Career Paths (1 credit)
  • MATH 116 - Accelerated Calculus Part II: Series, Differential Equations and Multivariable Calculus (4 credits) OR MATH 111 Calculus II
  • CHEM 150 - General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 150L - General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • SCI 150 - Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering I (1 credit)

 

* The accelerated MATH 115, MATH 116 sequence is recommended for strong mathematics students with a calculus background. However, students can substitute the MATH 110, MATH 111, MATH 210 sequence if they choose.

** Students applying AP or IB test scores to waive CHEM 140/CHEM 140L or PHYS 101 should note that these courses may need to be taken at a college/university to fulfill the requirements for medical school and/or other graduate programs. May begin PHYS 101 spring first year if MATH 115 (or MATH 110) completed. Take PHYS 102 fall second year.

 


 

Year 2

Fall Semester (8 credits for major)

  • SCI 200 - Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering II (1 credit)
  • CHEM 230 - Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 230L - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • MATH 210 - Multivariable Calculus, if needed (3 credits) [Do not need MATH 210 if MATH 116 is completed]

Spring Semester (9-12 credits for major)

  • PHYS 101 - General Physics I (3 credits)**
  • PHYS 101L - General Physics I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • SCI 250 - Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering III (1 credit)
  • CHEM 331 - Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 331L - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • CHEM 220 - Scientific Computing (3 credits)***

 

** Students applying AP or IB test scores to waive CHEM 140/CHEM 140L or PHYS 101 should note that these courses may need to be taken at a college/university to fulfill the requirements for medical school and/or other graduate programs. May begin PHYS 101 spring first year if MATH 115 (or MATH 110) completed. Take PHYS 102 fall second year.

*** CPSC 230 (3 credits) and CPSC 298 (1 credit) may replace CHEM 220.

 



Year 3

Fall Semester (11-12 credits for major)

  • PHYS 102 - General Physics II (3 credits)
  • PHYS 102L - General Physics II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • CHEM 310 - Analytical Chemistry I, Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Upper-division elective (3-4 credits)

Spring Semester (11-12 credits for major)

  • CHEM 301 - Inorganic Chemistry, Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • CHEM 411 - Analytical Chemistry II, Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Upper-division elective (3-4 credits)

 


 

Year 4

Fall Semester (8 credits for major)

  • BCHM 335 - Biochemistry I-Biomolecules, Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • CHEM 340 - Physical Chemistry-Quantum Chemistry, Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Capstone (see options on Chemistry Catalog page)

Spring Semester (7-8 credits for major)

  • CHEM 441 - Physical Chemistry-Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Upper-division elective (3-4 credits)
  • Capstone