Undergraduate Studies

The Chemistry Department offers a flexible curriculum for those who wish to acquire a knowledge of chemistry within the environment of a liberal arts college.

Ten 1-semester courses are required for the Major in Chemistry plus five co-requisites from other departments. The ten 1-semester courses amount to 37 credits, and the co-requisite courses amount to 22 credits. Students who wish to prepare for graduate school in Chemistry should seek the advice of a department faculty member.

Learning Outcomes

Advice regarding introductory chemistry courses


CHEM1109-1110 General Chemistry I-II (6 credits)
plus
CHEM1111-1112 General Chemistry Laboratory I-II (2 credits)
OR
CHEM1117-1118 Honors Modern Chemistry I-II (6 credits)
plus
CHEM1119-1120 Honors Modern Chemistry Laboratory I-II (6 credits)
CHEM2231-2232 Organic Chemistry I-II (6 credits)
plus
CHEM2233-2234 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I-II (2 credits)
OR
CHEM2241-2242 Honors Organic Chemistry I-II (6 credits)
plus
CHEM2243 Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
and
CHEM2234 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)
CHEM3322 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
plus
CHEM3324 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
CHEM3351 Analytical Chemistry (4 credits)
plus
CHEM3353 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (0 credits)
CHEM4465 Introduction to Biochemistry (3 credits)
CHEM4475-4476 Physical Chemistry I-II (6 credits)
CHEM5552 Advanced Methods in Chemistry I (4 credits)
plus
CHEM5554 Advanced Methods in Chemistry Laboratory I (0 credits)

The co-requisites are:

MATH1102-1103 Calculus for Math/Science Majors I-II* (8 credits)
MATH2202 or MATH2203 Multivariable Calculus (4 credits)
PHYS2100-2101 or PHYS2200-2201 Introductory Physics I-II (8 credits)**
plus
PHYS2050-2051 Introductory Physics Laboratory I-II (2 credits)

*Other options exist that will satisfy the Calculus requirement. See advisor.

**See Physics Advice for more information.

If you have questions about the Chemistry major, please call Prof. Lynne O'Connell, Merkert Center 111, x 2-3626, oconnell@bc.edu. See below for suggested sequences of courses.

The preceding fulfills the Boston College requirements for a B.S. degree in chemistry. For this degree to be also certified by the American Chemical Society, two additional chemistry laboratory electives are required, usually CHEM5591-5592, Undergraduate Chemical Research.

The department strongly recommends that students take additional advanced chemistry electives (courses numbered CHEM5500 or higher).

Students are also strongly urged to engage in a research project under the direction of a faculty member, particularly if the student is planning to attend graduate school. Juniors who show exceptional ability may engage in an independent research project and receive academic credit by registering for CHEM4491-4492, Introduction to Undergraduate Research I and II. Students who wish to pursue research in their senior year should register for CHEM5591-5592, Undergraduate Chemical Research. Students who intend to complete a Scholar of the College thesis should register for CHEM5595-5596, Advanced Research in Chemistry I and II. Consult a faculty advisor concerning these research options. See also Undergraduate Research.

The links below display examples of course sequences for chemistry majors. These are just examples. Consult with your faculty advisor to find the best program for you.

For additional information, contact Professor Lynne O'Connell, Merkert 111, ext. 2-3626, oconnell@bc.edu.


Physics Advice

Chemistry majors may fulfill the physics requirement by taking either PHYS2100-2101 or PHYS2200-2201. Students should consult with their advisor about which course is most appropriate.

  • PHYS2100-2101 is intended for students who are studying life sciences (Biology and Psychology majors, students in the Pre-Med track, etc.). Typically, two large sections are offered with about 150 students in each.

  • PHYS2200-2201 is intended for students who are studying physical sciences or math (Physics, Math, Computer Science majors, etc.). Typically, one small section is offered with about 50-60 students. This sequence covers the same topics as PHYS2100-2101 but with more mathematical rigor.


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