Major in Chemistry 2013-2014

The Chemistry and Biochemistry department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the Chemistry and Biochemistry department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

Major in Chemistry 2006-2007
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • CHEM 1251 (5) General Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors and
  • CHEM 1271 (5) General Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

or

  • CHEM 1351 (5) Honors General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1371 (5) Honors General Chemistry 2

(Honors CHEM 1351 and 1371 are recommended for the student with advanced high school training in mathematics and physics.)

  • CHEM 1113 (4) General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1114 (1) Lab in General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1133 (4) General Chemistry 2 and
  • CHEM 1134 (1) Lab in General Chemistry 2
  • CHE 111 (5) General College Chemistry I/Lab*
  • CHE 112 (5) General College Chemistry II/Lab*

NOTE: Students who take CHE 111 will receive credit for both CHEM 1113 & CHEM 1114 provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

NOTE: Students who take CHE 112 will receive credit for both CHEM 1133 & CHEM 1134 provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

  • CHEM 3351 (4) Organic Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors and
  • CHEM 3371 (4) Organic Chemistry 2 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

or

  • CHEM 3311 (4) Organic Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 3331 (4) Organic Chemistry 2 and
  • CHE 211 (5) Organic Chemistry I*
  • CHE 212 (5) Organic Chemistry II*

Note: Students who take CHE 211 and 212 will also receive transfer credit for CHEM 3321 (1) Lab in Organic Chemistry 1 and CHEM 3341 (1) Lab in Organic Chemistry 2 at UCB.*

Note: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

and

  • CHEM 3361 (2) Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 1 for Chemistry majors and
  • CHEM 3381 (2) Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 2 for Chemistry majors
  • CHEM 4011 (3) Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 4171 (3) Principles of Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 4181 (3) Instrumental Analysis Lab with Environmental Emphasis
  • CHEM 4511 (3) Physical Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 4531 (3) Physical Chemistry 2

or

  • CHEM 4411 (3) Physical Chemistry with Biochemistry Applications 1 and
  • CHEM 4431 (3) Physical Chemistry with Biochemistry Applications 2
  • CHEM 4581 (3) Physical Chemistry Lab 1 and
  • CHEM 4591 (3) Physical Chemistry Lab 2
  • PHYS 1110 (4) General Physics 1 and
  • PHYS 1120 (4) General Physics 2 and
  • PHYS 1140 (1) Experimental Physics 1
  • PHY 211 (5) Physics: Calculus-Based I*
  • PHY 212 (5) Physics: Calculus-Based II*

Note: Students who take PHY 212 will also receive credit for PHYS 1140 (1) Experimental Physics 1 at UCB.*

  • MATH 1300 (5) Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1 and
  • MATH 2300 (5) Analytical Geometry and Calculus 2 and
  • MATH 2400 (4) Analytical Geometry and Calculus 3
  • MAT 201 (5) Calculus I
  • MAT 202 (5) Calculus II
  • MAT 203 (4) Calculus III

or

  • APPM 1350 (4) Calculus 1 for Engineers and
  • APPM 1360 (4) Calculus 2 for Engineers and
  • APPM 2350 (4) Calculus 3 for Engineers

All students, and especially those intending to go on to graduate school in chemistry, will benefit from additional advanced courses.

In addition to graduate courses in various fields of chemistry, advanced courses in biology or mathematics, recommended electives include the following:

  • CHEM 3151 (3) Air Chemistry and Pollution
  • CHEM 3251 (3) Sustainable Energy From a Chemistry Perspective
  • CHEM 4021 (3) Inorganic Laboratory
  • CHEM 4251 (3) Materials Chemistry and Properties
  • CHEM 4261 (3) Organic Materials: Structures and Functions
  • CHEM 4271 (3) Chemistry of Solar Energy
  • CHEM 4611 (3) Survey of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4711 (3) General Biochemistry 1
  • CHEM 4731 (3) General Biochemistry 2
  • CHEM 4901 (1-6) Independent Study

*online or virtual laboratories are not appropriate