Major/Minor Requirements

Students considering a major or minor in chemistry should enroll in an appropriate chemistry course during their first year. The following courses of study are available:

Laboratory and critical thinking skills culminate in chemical research projects.  Students are encouraged to participate in paid summer research experiences with chemistry faculty.  Additionally, chemistry majors undertake a senior project that includes opportunities for supervised research, writing and speaking about chemistry, and a regular seminar program.

Required courses

Math 135-136 is required of all chemistry majors.
One year of physics is required of all chemistry majors 103-104 or 151-152 for Plan 2.
Note that the calculus and physics courses are prerequisites for physical chemistry 341-342
which is typically a third-year chemistry sequence.

Senior Year Experience (SYE) - All chemistry majors complete a senior research project in collaboration  with a chemistry faculty member.  Additionally, majors are strongly encouraged to participate in paid summer research experiences either at St. Lawrence or at another college or university.

A minor in chemistry entails completion of: Chem 103-104 , Chem 221-222, and two additional electives at the 200-level or above, one of which may be a half-unit advanced laboratory course.  

Chemistry is linked to a large number of related disciplines: atmospheric science, biochemistry, pharmacology, geology, psychology, oceanography, ecology, business, and law.  The broad range of careers that require a background in chemistry include research (industrial, academic, or government laboratories), teaching, medical professions (including dental and veterinary), patent law, science writing, library science, and chemical sale.

Current list of Majors and Minors for the department.