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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2016-2017 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, one credit of (CH301, 401, 403) 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 fufilled 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, CH 108
MA126, MA 129

First Year
CH107, CH 108
MA126, MA 129

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
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, 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

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, or physical

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

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; Biology 231; Chemistry: 250, 251, 382, 383 and either 241 or 366 or 365; one credit of (CH301, CH401, or CH403), and two additional credits from the upper-level courses: Chemistry 342, 351, 367, 475, Biology 304, 344, 345, 363, 366, 380 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 fufilled 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 Certified Biochemistry Major and Suggested Year of Completion(17.50)

First Year
CH107, CH 108
MA126, MA 129
BY 131

First Year
CH107, CH 108
MA126, MA 129

Second and Third Year
PC241, PC242
BY 231
CH250: Organic I
CH251: Organic II
CH382 (requires CH251): Biochemistry
CH241: Analytical OR CH366/365: Physical OR CH275: Inorganic

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 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 CH475: Inorganic II MB450/498: (with department approval) CH483: Advanced Metabolism (with lab) BE344: SEM BE345: TEM BY363: Virology BE366: Comparative Animal Physiology (with lab) CH400: Special Topics (with labs) CH480: Advanced Metabolic Pathways


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)
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 CH475: Inorganic II CH480: Advanced Metabolism (with lab) BE344: SEM BE345: TEM BE366: Comparative Animal Physiology (with lab) CH400: Special Topics (with lab)   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). Investigations in Chemistry can count as one of the upper-level courses. A biochemistry minor must receive credit for 382 as one of the three courses taken beyond 250.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Minor

Requirements for Chemistry Minor

Requirements for Biochemistry Minor 

CH 107, CH108

CH 250: Organic I

Three additional credits selected from:

CH251: Organic II

CH241: Analytical

CH275: Inorganic

CH382: Biochemistry 

Or 300-400 level chemistry courses 

CH 107, CH108

CH 250: Organic I

CH251: Organic II

CH382: Biochemistry

One additional credit selected from:

CH241: Analytical

CH275: Inorganic

Or 300-400 level chemistry courses