College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Requirements for the Chemistry Major with American Chemical Society Certification - GER


For students who entered SJU before the fall of 2010, or transfer students who entered SJU in the fall of 2010 with 15 or more credits:

GER Common Courses (See Curricula): six courses

GER University Distribution (See Curricula): fourteen courses, including
MAT 161-162 - Calculus I-II
Natural Science:
PHY 105-106 - University Physics I-II 
PHY 105L-106L - CHM 120L - University Physics Laboratory I-II 

GER Electives: any eight courses 

Major Concentration: twelve courses
Foundation Course Requirements:
CHM 120-125 - General Chemistry I-II
CHM 120L-125L - General Chemistry Laboratory I-II
CHM 210-215 - Organic Chemistry I-II
CHM 210L-215L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I-II
CHM 310-315 - Physical Chemistry I-II
CHM 310L - Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 330 - Instrumental Analysis
CHM 330L - Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHM 340 - Biochemistry
CHM 340L - Biochemistry Laboratory
CHM 350 - Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 350L - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

In-Depth Course Requirements:
Three In-Depth Chemistry courses (see list below)
Two In-Depth Chemistry courses and Senior Research I-II
Two In-Depth Chemistry courses and one Math/Natural Science elective (see list below, this option must be approved by the Chemistry Chair in advance)

In-Depth Chemistry Courses:
CHM 400 - Biogeochemistry
CHM 420 - Environmental Chemistry
CHM 430 - Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry
CHM 440 - Organometallic Chemistry
CHM 480 - Role of Metal Ions in Biology
CHM 490 - Spectroscopy

Math and Natural Science Electives:
BIO 101 -  Biology I: Cells
MAT 213 - Calculus III
MAT 225 - Fundamental Ideas of Mathematics
MAT 231 - The Mathematics of Music
MAT 232 - Chaos, Fractals, and Dynamical Systems
MAT 233 - History of Mathematics
MAT 334 - Combinatorics and Graph Theory
MAT 336 - Logic and Foundations
PHY 251 - Modern Physics I
PHY 253 - Survey of Nanotechnology
PHY 255 - Linear Systems in Physics
PHY 257 - Mathematical Methods in Physics
PHY 261 - Electronics I
PHY 301 - Classical Mechanics

Enrollment in CHM 390 Chemistry Seminar is required each semester for junior and senior chemistry majors. Students planning to go into industry or attend graduate school should take Senior Research I-II. All students who meet the above requirements satisfactorily will be certified by the American Chemical Society.