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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Major

Students are encouraged to choose a specific subdiscipline and focus in related upper-level courses. Upper-level courses in cognate disciplines that fit specific subdisciplines of chemistry may be substituted as equivalent if approved by the department. In addition, every senior must enroll in CH490. Computational approaches, including programming and statistical analysis, are integrated into the majors, but more experience may be useful.   

Chemistry Major

A chemistry major must receive credit for courses equivalent to Chemistry 107, 108; Mathematics 126, 129; Physics 241, 242; Chemistry: 241, 250, 366 or 365, 275, 382. One of these five chemistry courses may be replaced by an upper-level chemistry course or an approved upper-level course in a cognate discipline. Students must take three upper-level courses chosen from: Chemistry 251, 342, 351, 367, 383, 475, 480 one credit of (CH201, 301, 401) and other approved upper-level chemistry courses that contain a significant laboratory. The department recommends research for all students but especially those intending to pursue graduate study.

The information listed on this page is only a summary; students should check with their advisor to ensure they have fulfilled all requirements. Full requirements for the major can be found in the Colorado College Catalog of Courses for the year in which you declared your major. Download a PDF file of the following requirements.

Requirements for Chemistry Major and
Suggested Year of Completion (14.50)
Requirements for ACS Chemistry Major and
Suggested Year of Completion (15.50)
First Year
CH107, CH108
MA126, MA129
First Year
CH107, CH108
MA126, MA129
Second and Third Year
PC241, PC242
CH250: Organic I
CH241: Analytical
CH275: Inorganic I
CH366: Physical I or CH365: Biophysical
CH382 (requires CH251): Biochemistry

One of these courses can be replaced by an additional upper-level course in a subdiscipline or cognate discipline
Second and Third Year
PC 241, PC242
CH250: Organic I
CH 251 (before CH382): Organic II
CH241: Analytical
CH275: Inorganic
CH366: Physical or CH365: Biophysical
CH382 (requires CH251): Biochemistry

Fourth Year
Three In-Depth Courses: can be from any specific sub-discipline or a mixture of organic, inorganic, analytical, biochemistry or physical

CH201/301/401: Research
CH 251 (before CH382): Organic II
CH342: Instrumental
CH351: Organic III
CH367: Physical II
CH383: Biochemistry II
CH475: Inorganic II
CH480: Advanced Metabolism (with lab)

Upper-level courses in cognate disciplines (with significant lab hours) may also be approved by the department

CH490: Seminar Course is Required

Fourth Year
Three In-Depth Courses: can be from any specific sub-discipline or a mixture of organic, inorganic, analytical, biochemistry or physical

CH201/301/401: Research (with paper)
CH342: Instrumental
CH351: Organic III
CH367: Physical II
CH383: Biochemistry II
CH475: Inorganic II
CH480: Advanced Metabolism (with lab)

Upper-level courses in cognate disciplines (with significant lab hours) may also be approved by the department

CH490: Seminar Course is Required

Biochemistry Major

A biochemistry major must receive credit for courses equivalent to Chemistry 107, 108; Mathematics 126, 129; Physics 241, 242; Molecular Biology 131, 201; Chemistry: 250, 251, 382, 383 and either 241 or 366 or 365; one credit of (CH201, CH301, or CH401), and two additional credits from the upper-level courses: Chemistry 342, 351, 367, 475, 480, Molecular Biology 350,355, 360, 399, 450/498, BE 344, 345, 366 when a significant laboratory component is included. Additional upper-level biochemistry or molecular biology courses when taught with a significant relevant laboratory component may also be approved by the department. 

The information listed on this page is only a summary; students should check with their advisor to ensure they have fulfilled all requirements. Full requirements for the major can be found in the Colorado College Catalog of Courses for the year in which you declared your major. Download a PDF file of the following requirements.

Requirements for Biochemistry Major and
Suggested Year of Completion (16.50)
Requirements for ACS Biochemistry Major and
Suggested Year of Completion (16.50)
First Year
CH107, CH108
MA126, MA129
MB131
First Year
CH107, CH108
MA126, MA129
Second and Third Year
PC241, PC242
MB201 (Lab in Cell and Genetics)
CH250: Organic I
CH251: Organic II
CH382 (requires CH251): Biochemistry
CH241: Analytical OR CH366/365:
Physical OR CH275: Inorganic I
Second and Third Year
PC241, PC242
CH250: Organic I
CH251: Organic II
CH382 (requires CH251): Biochemistry
CH275: Inorganic I
CH241: Analytical
CH366/365: Physical

Fourth Year
CH383: Biochemistry II
CH201/301/401 Research or MB399 (with department approval):

Two In-Depth Courses:
In Biochemistry/Chemistry or Cognate
disciplines with significant lab
component
may be chosen from the
following:

CH342: Instrumental
CH351: Organic III
CH367: Physical II
CH400: Topics courses upon approval
CH475: Inorganic II
CH480: Advanced Metabolism (with lab)
BE344: SEM
BE345: TEM
MB350-Special Topics Lab Research
MB355-Laboratory Advanced Genetics
MB360-Laboratory in Molecular Bio

Other upper level courses in cognate disciplines (with significant lab hours) may also be approved


CH490: Seminar Course is Required

Fourth Year
CH201/301/401 Research with Paper or MB399 (with department approval):
CH383: Biochemistry II

Two In-Depth Courses:
In Biochemistry/Chemistry or Cognate
disciplines with significant lab
component
may be chosen from the
following:

CH342: Instrumental
CH351: Organic III
CH367: Physical II
CH400: Topics courses upon approval
CH475: Inorganic II
CH480: Advanced Metabolism (with lab)
BE344: SEM
BE345: TEM
BE366: Comparative Animal Physiology
MB350-Special Topics Lab Research
MB355-Laboratory Advanced Genetics
MB360-Laboratory in Molecular Bio

Other upper level courses in cognate disciplines (with significant lab hours) may also be approved

CH490: Seminar Course is Required

Students interested in graduation with distinction in chemistry or biochemistry should discuss the requirements with a department advisor by spring of their junior year. Distinction involves research and a significant thesis or publishable manuscript. Students interested in receiving American Chemical Society certification should also consult an advisor within the department.

Minor

A chemistry minor must receive credit for courses equivalent to Chemistry 107, 108, 250, and three additional credits selected from 251, 241, 275, 382 or other 300*- and 400*-level chemistry and biochemistry courses in this catalog (with their prerequisites). A biochemistry minor must receive credit for 382 as one of the three courses taken beyond 250.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Minor

Requirements for Chemistry MinorRequirements for Biochemistry Minor 

CH107, CH108

CH250: Organic I

Three additional credits selected from:

CH251: Organic II

CH241: Analytical

CH275: Inorganic

CH382: Biochemistry 

Or 300-400 level chemistry courses*

CH107, CH108

CH250: Organic I

CH251: Organic II

CH382: Biochemistry

One additional credit selected from:

CH241: Analytical

CH275: Inorganic

Or 300-400 level chemistry courses*

*CH301 and CH401 Research do not qualify for the minor