Programs of Study

Bachelor of science degrees are offered with a major in chemistry or a major in biochemistry. Additional details on the undergraduate programs can be found through the College of Science and in the Undergraduate Bulletin of Information.  The suggested sequence of science courses is outlined below and given in more detail in the Chemistry Sequence (97 kB pdf) and Biochemistry Sequence (78 kB pdf) documents.

Chemistry Major

    Chemistry Courses Other Science Courses
Freshman Fall

General Chemistry (w/lab)
(CHEM 10181/11181)
 

Calculus I
Physics I (w/ lab)
 
Spring

Organic Chemistry I  (w/lab)
(CHEM 10182/11182)
 

Calculus II
Physics II (w/ lab)
 
Sophomore Fall
Organic Chemistry II (w/lab)
(CHEM 20283/21283)

Chem Seminar (CHEM 23201)

Science Elective and/or
Research
 
Spring
Chem Across Periodic Table (w/lab)
(CHEM 20284/21284)

Mathematical Methods (CHEM 20262)

Science Elective and/or
Research
 
Junior Fall
Analytical Chemistry(w/lab)
(CHEM 30333/31333)

Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 30321)

Science Elective and/or
Research
 
Spring
Physical Chemistry II (w/lab)
(CHEM 30322/31322)

Principles of Biochem (CHEM 40420)

Science Elective and/or
Research
 
Senior Fall

Advanced Inorganic Chem (w/lab)
(CHEM 40443/41443)
 

Science Elective and/or
Research
 
Spring
Physical Methods (CHEM40434)
or
Instrumental Methods
(CHEM40436)

Science Elective and/or
Research
 

Biochemistry Major

    Chemistry Courses Other Science Courses
Freshman Fall

General Chemistry (w/lab)
(CHEM 10181/11181)
 

Calculus I
Biology I (w/ lab)
 
Spring

Organic Chemistry I  (w/lab)
(CHEM 10182/11182)
 

Calculus II
Biology II (w/ lab)
 
Sophomore Fall
Organic II (w/lab) (CHEM 20283/21283)
Biochem Seminar (CHEM 23212)

Chem Seminar (CHEM 23201)

Physics I (w/ lab)

 
Spring
Chem Across Periodic Table (w/lab)
(CHEM 20284/21284)

Mathematical Methods (CHEM 20262)

Physics II (w/ lab)

 
Junior Fall
Fundamentals of Biochem (w/lab)
(CHEM 30341/31341)

Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 30321)

Cell Biology (w/ lab)
(Research)
 
Spring
Intermediary Metabolism 
(CHEM 30342)

Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 30322)

Genetics (w/lab)
(Research)
 
Senior Fall

Molecular Biology
(CHEM 50531)
 

Science Elective and/or
Research
 
Spring

Analytical Chemistry (w/lab)
(CHEM 30333/31333)
 

Science Elective and/or
Research
 

Combination Programs

Two combination programs are offered through this department—chemistry with business and chemistry with computing. Students choosing these options take the same science course curriculum as their peers in the chemistry major. In addition, students are required to take 5-6 courses in either business or computing. The business program is well defined and has students taking courses in economics, accounting, marketing, finance and management. The chemistry with computing program is more flexible allowing students to work with their advisor to choose courses that best meet their interests and career plans. Typical courses include fundamentals of computing, advanced programming, database concepts, and data structures.

Second Majors, Supplemental Majors and Minors

In the class of 2013, nearly 25% of the chemistry and biochemistry students graduated with a second or supplementary major. Another 50% graduated with one or more minors. Students, especially those arriving with a large number of AP credits, are often looking for classes to take and find an area that piques their interest. The most popular double majors our students choose are theology or one of the languages. Minors vary significantly. Minors offered by the college of science can be found here.

Honors Program

Students who have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher and who have been (or would like to be) active in research should consider applying for the departmental honors program. Students apply at the start of the fall or spring semester of their junior year. Once admitted, students must complete a minimum of two semesters of research and write a thesis. Data from previous semesters of research can be included in the thesis, but students must participate in research for at least two semesters during the junior or senior years, and following acceptance into the program. Research must be within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (have a CHEM 48498/48499 classification) or be part of an equivalent undergraduate research program at the University of Notre Dame, approved by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.