Chemistry majors who are undecided about which program they want may keep all of their options open until as late as the beginning of their junior year. To do this would involve deferring the second year of calculus and physics until the decision is made.

Typically in the spring semester of the sophomore year, all intended chemistry majors, regardless of program, must make a formal application to the department to be accepted as majors. Applicants with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the chemistry core sequence, CH141-144 (or CH151, 153) and CH221, 223 may be accepted unconditionally as chemistry majors. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in the support courses is also required. A student who does not meet these criteria, but who does have a minimum of 2.25 in the entire chemistry cores sequence, will be considered for conditional acceptance as a chemistry major.

Since CH221 and CH223 are required for consideration as a Chemistry major, a sophomore who is currently taking General Chemistry may not be formally accepted as a Chemistry major. In this situation, it is recommended that the student contact the chair of the department for assistance in planning to complete their John Carroll degree before the end of their sophomore year.

All chemistry majors, regardless of program, must maintain a GPA of 2.0 in the chemistry courses and in the required sequence of support courses.