Calvin’s bachelor of science in chemistry will give you the scientific knowledge and research skills to land a successful job in the field of chemistry, or working at the intersections of chemistry with other fields, such as medicine, law, engineering, business and education.

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 2015–2016

(36-37 semester hours)

  • 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:
  • One from:
    • CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM-271 Environmental Chemistry
    • CHEM-318 Physical Chemistry II
    • CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
    • CHEM-325 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM-329 Instrumental Methods for Chemical and Biological Sciences
    • CHEM-330 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • 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


(16 semester hours)

  • One from two-course sequence:
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • MATH-171 Calculus I
    • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • One from two-course sequence:
    • PHYS-133 Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Gravity
    • PHYS-235 Introductory Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
    • PHYS-221 General Physics
    • PHYS-222 General Physics

*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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