College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Acceptance Requirements

Typically in the spring semester of the sophomore year, all intended chemistry majors must make a formal application to the department to be accepted as majors. Applicants with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the initial chemistry core sequence CH 141, 142, 143, 144 (or 151, 153), and 221, 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 GPA of 2.25 in the initial chemistry core sequence, will be considered for conditional acceptance as a chemistry major.

Chemistry majors who are undecided about about whether they want a concentration in Biochemistry or not may keep 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. The Chemical Physics concentration requires calculus and physics to be taken in sophomore year in order to graduate in 4 years.

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


To declare a Chemistry major, complete this form, print the email confirmation, bring it to the Chemistry office, and schedule a declaration meeting with the Chair:


Updated: 8-25-17