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College of Science

Chemistry

General Degree Requirements

The following courses are required for chemistry majors in all programs. In meeting these general degree requirements, you also will automatically fulfill the College of Science graduation requirements, also online at www.science.purdue.edu.

Special requirements for individual degrees are given in the following section.

Chemistry Core 39-41 credits
CHM 12500 (Introduction to Chemistry I) (5 cr.); or CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (4 cr.) 4-5 cr.
CHM 12600 (Introduction to Chemistry II) (5 cr.); or CHM 11600 (General Chemistry) (4 cr.); or CHM 13600 (General Chemistry Honors) 4-5 cr.
CHM 24100 (Introductory Inorganic Chemistry) (4 cr.); CHM 34200 (Inorganic Chemistry) (3 cr.); CHM 26505 (Organic Chemistry) (3 cr.); CHM 26500 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (2 cr.); CHM 29400 (Sophomore Chemistry Seminar) (1 cr.); CHM 26605 (Organic Chemistry) (3 cr.); CHM 26600 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (2 cr.); CHM 32100 (Analytical Chemistry) (4 cr.); CHM 37300 (Physical Chemistry) (3 cr.); CHM 37400 (Physical Chemistry) (3 cr.); CHM 37600 (Physical Chemistry Laboratory) (2 cr.); CHM 49400 (Junior- Senior Chemistry Seminar) (1 cr.) 31 cr.
Science Requirements 14-15 credits
Physics:
PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) (4 cr.); PHYS 27200 (Electric and Magnetic Interactions) (4 cr.) or PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics) (3 cr.) and PHYS 25200 (Electricity and Optics Laboratory) (1 cr.)
Statistics:
One of: STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3 cr.); STAT 35000 (Introduction to Statistics) (3 cr.); STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology) (3 cr.); STAT 51100 (Statistical Methods) (3 cr.); CHE 32000 (Statistical Modeling and Quality Enhancement) (3 cr.)
Computer Science:
One of: CS 15800 (C Programming) (3 cr.); CS 17700 (Programming with Multimedia Objects) (4 cr.); CS 18000 (Programming I) (4 cr.)
Mathematics Requirements 12-15 credits
MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (5 cr.); or MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (4 cr.) 4-5 cr.
One of:
MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (5 cr.); MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (4 cr.); MA 17300 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II) (5 cr.); MA 18100 (Honors Calculus I) (5 cr.)
4-5 cr.
One of:
MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (4 cr.); MA 17400 (Multivariable Calculus) (4 cr.); MA 18200 (Honors Calculus II) (5 cr.); MA 27100 (Several Variable Calculus) (5 cr.)
4-5 cr.
Additional Requirements 24-28 credits

English Composition:
ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (4 cr.); or ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition) (3 cr.)
Technical Writing and Technical Presentation:
COM 21700 (Science Writing and Presentation). For additional options, see description and list of approved courses at www.science.purdue.edu, College of Science Core Requirements.
Multidisciplinary Experience:
See description and list of approved courses at www.science.purdue.edu, College of Science Core Requirements.
Language and Culture:
All College of Science majors are expected to have proficiency in another language in addition to their native language. Competence in the second language must be demonstrated to the third semester, or to the second semester (with an additional culture or diversity class. See description and list of approved courses at www.science.purdue.edu, College of Science Core Requirements.
General Education:
Students must complete 3 credits of a course approved for Great Issues and 9 credits of Social Studies/Humanities and/or Management. See description and list of approved courses at www.science.purdue.edu, College of Science Core Requirements.
Teambuilding and Collaboration:
Science students must learn the concepts involved in science team projects. Chemistry students can fulfill the principles portions with CHM 19400 or SCI 21000 (1 cr.). See description and list of approved courses at www.science.purdue.edu, College of Science Core Requirements.

Free Electives 25-37 cr.
Free electives can be selected from any department of the University. Students are encouraged to use free electives to broaden their knowledge in chemistry, pursue a minor or gain experience in a non-chemistry area that is of special interest or that will help professionally. However, free elective credit is not allowed for courses that significantly overlap courses taken to fulfill departmental degree requirements. This excludes, in particular, introductory courses. Students must take at least as many free electives as is needed to bring the credit hour total to 124.
Grade Requirement
An undergraduate student is expected to have an average grade point index of at least 2.0 in general chemistry courses and in CHM 24100 (Introductory Organic Chemistry), CHM 26505 (Organic Chemistry), and CHM 26500 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) or CHM 26700 (Organic Chemistry, Honors) to continue in a chemistry program. A student must have an average grade point index of at least 2.0 in required chemistry courses to graduate in any of the chemistry options, except for the teaching option, which requires an index of 2.5.