Academics: Majors and Programs

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Major/Minor Requirements

All chemistry core courses must be taken initially at Spelman College. Students may repeat one lower level core course (100-200 level) and repeat one upper level core course (300-400) at another institution. Successful completion of these courses with no grade less than “C” is required for graduation as a biochemistry or chemistry minor.

Chemistry Major

Option 1: This sequence is recommended for students seeking entry into graduate school in chemistry. The chemistry courses required are General Chemistry 111, 112; 111L, 112L; Organic Chemistry 231, 232; 233L, 234L; Analytical Chemistry 301, 301L; Inorganic Chemistry CHE 421, 421L; Physical Chemistry 345, 346, 346L; Biochemical Principles CHE 410; Undergraduate Senior Seminar in Chemistry 429; Instrumental Analysis 496; plus two advanced chemistry electives chosen from the approved department list.

Total hours required in this option are 40. Other science core courses required are Physics 151, 241 and MATH 251, 252. Differential Equations (MATH 365) and Physics III (PHY 242) are recommended courses.

Option 2: This sequence is recommended for students who plan to enter professional degree programs in medicine, dentistry or allied health fields, or those seeking entry to post-baccalaureate or graduate programs that require science degrees for admission.

Students planning to enter the job market directly after graduation would also benefit from Option 2. The chemistry courses required are General Chemistry 111, 112; 111L, 112L; Organic Chemistry 231, 232; 233L, 234L; Analytical Chemistry 301, 301L; Physical Chemistry 345; Undergraduate Senior Seminar in Chemistry 429; plus four chemistry electives chosen from the approved departmental list. Total hours required in this option are 40.

Other science core courses required are MATH 251, 252; Physics 151, 241. Biochemistry 311, 312, 313L; Biology 115, 120; and one semester of a biology elective are recommended for students who plan to enter professional and allied health programs.

Biochemistry Major

This sequence is strongly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate studies in biochemistry. The sequence is valuable also as preparation for entry into medical or dental school, or other allied health disciplines.

The chemistry courses required are General Chemistry 111, 112; 111L, 112L; Organic Chemistry 231, 232; 233L, 234L; Biochemistry 311, 312, 313L; Physical Chemistry 345, 346, 346L; Analytical Chemistry 301/301L or Instrumental Analysis 496; Undergraduate Senior Seminar in Chemistry 429; Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 431, 432; plus one advanced chemistry electives chosen from the approved department list. Total hours required in chemistry are 43.

Other science core courses required are Biology 115, 120; Physics 151, 241; MATH 251, 252; and one semester of a biology or mathematics elective, chosen from the approved departmental list.

Chemistry - Chemical Engineering Dual Degree

A student can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from a partnering institution.  This is a five year course of study.  The Spelman College degree will be awarded upon completion of the Chemical Engineering degree. 

The departmental requirements for the degree are: CHEM 111, 111L, 112, 112L; Organic Chemistry 231, 232; 233L, 234L; Analytical Chemistry 301, 301L; Physical Chemistry 345, 346, 346L; Inorganic Chemistry CHE 421, 421L; Instrumental Analysis 496 - a total of 33 hours. Six additional hours approved by the department are required at 3000/4000-level chemical engineering courses at Georgia Institute of Technology or equivalent courses at another participating dual-degree engineering school.

Other science courses required are Physics 151, 241, 242; and MATH 251, 252, 323. One semester of an advanced mathematics elective is required, either Applied Math or Linear Algebra (MATH 367 or 214).

Chemical Education

This sequence is recommended for students seeking to complete the requirements for Secondary Education.  The chemistry courses required are:  The chemistry courses required are General Chemistry 111, 112; 111L, 112L; Organic Chemistry 231, 232; 233L, 234L; Analytical Chemistry 301, 301L; Inorganic Chemistry CHE 421, 421L; Physical Chemistry 345; Biochemical Principles CHE 410; Undergraduate Senior Seminar in Chemistry 429; Chemistry Elective (one semester, with its corresponding laboratory).

Other science courses required are Physics 151, 241; MATH 251, 252; Environmental Science 211.

Biochemistry Minor

The minor consists of 26 hours. The courses required are: General Chemistry 111, 112, 111L, 112L; Organic Chemistry 231, 232, 233L, 234L; and Biochemistry 311, 312, 313L.

Chemistry Minor

The minor in Chemistry consists of 25 hours. The courses required are:  General Chemistry 111, 112, 111L, 112L; Organic Chemistry 231, 232, 233L, 234L; Physical Chemistry 345 and Advanced Chemistry Elective (one semester, with its corresponding laboratory). Possible courses: Analytical Chemistry 301, 301L; Biochemistry 311, 313L; Inorganic Chemistry CHE 421, 421L; or Instrumental Analysis 496, 496L.

See the Spelman College Bulletin for complete class options.