This major meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society and best prepares students for graduate studies. You’ll take many of the same courses as other chemistry majors, but will have more emphasis on research and will take on a research project in conjunction with a faculty member.

As a chemistry major at Calvin, you’ll explore and manipulate the chemical elements and uncover the splendor of the created order. Not only will you have access to top-notch research facilities and equipment, but you’ll also be learning from high-caliber Christian chemists from day one.

Course Requirements 2014-2015

(45-50 semester hours)

This major meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society and best prepares students for graduate study in chemistry and related areas:

  • Either
  • CHEM-201 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM-230 Essential Inorganic Chemistry
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • CHEM-304 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
    • CHEM-317 Physical Chemistry I
  • One from:
  • CHEM-383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
  • One from:
    • CHEM-395 Academic Year Research (4 semester hours, the last as honors)
    • CHEM-397 Summer Research (with a seminar presentation)
  • Three with at least one from each category or an approved interim:
  • IDIS-310 History of Physical Science (or an approved course in integrative studies)
  • CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (four times)
  • Completion of major field test

Cognates

(16 semester hours)

*students who are well prepared for college chemistry are encouraged to enroll in CHEM-105.
**students who enroll in CHEM-261 must also enroll in CHEM-262 .

The prerequisite to enter the chemistry program is a minimum average of "C" (2.0) in Chemistry 104 and in one course from Chemistry 201, 253, or 261.

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