Requirements for the Major in Chemistry
Number of Units
A minimum of eight units from credited courses, excluding courses designed for non-chemistry majors. Also does not include the SIP.
With a chemistry advanced placement score of 4 or 5, one unit of AP credit will be awarded towards the minimum of eight units required for the major in chemistry provided a student begins the chemistry sequence at CHEM 120 or higher.
CHEM 110 Chemical Composition and Structure with Lab (exempted if student begins in CHEM 120)
CHEM 120 Chemical Reactivity with Lab
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
CHEM 240 Analytical Chemistry I with Lab
CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry I with Lab
CHEM 590 Senior Studies
Two additional 300- or 400- level credited courses
MATH 112 Calculus I
MATH 113 Calculus II (Additional work in mathematics is encouraged.)
PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I with Lab
PHYS 152 Introductory Physics II with Lab
In accordance with College policy, chemistry majors must pass eight units of chemistry and the mathematics and physics cognates with a C- or better.
Kalamazoo College appears on the American Chemical Society's list of schools that offer approved pre-professional undergraduate programs in chemistry. This program includes: CHEM 210, 240, 310, 352, 430, a chemistry research-based SIP, and two additional chemistry courses above the 100-level. In addition MATH 112, 113, 214, 240; PHYS 150, 152, are required. This curriculum, which provides thorough preparation in chemistry, mathematics, and physics, is recommended for students contemplating graduate study in chemistry.
Comprehensive examinations for the chemistry major are required and are part of the CHEM 590 Senior Studies. Students must register for this course in fall term. Comprehensive exams are given during the winter term of the senior year.
A research-based SIP work in chemistry is typically done in the summer following the junior year, worked on during fall of senior year, and defended during either the winter or spring departmental symposia.
All students enrolling in the beginning Chemistry courses (CHEM 110 or 120) must complete the placement examination prior to enrolling in either of these courses. Results from the placement examination may permit exemption for one or both beginning courses (with exemption from CHEM 120 also requiring proof of extensive laboratory preparation). Students entering Kalamazoo College with Advanced Placement or IB scores of 4 or 5 on the Chemistry examination are automatically exempt from CHEM 110.
3/2 Pre-Engineering in Chemical Engineering
Students intending to follow the 3/2 Pre-Engineering Program in chemical engineering should follow the course sequence for the chemistry major through the third year and meet the requirements for admission to chemical engineering schools after the third year. Each student pursuing this program must successfully complete the following courses while in residence at Kalamazoo College: CHEM 110, 120, 210, 220, 240, 310; MATH 112, 113, 214, 240, 280; PHYS 150, 152, 220.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Concentration
Students interested in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology should refer to the full program description for the concentration.
All courses offered by the chemistry department may be used as a Natural Sciences (NS) Area of Study (AOS) courses.