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Requirements for the Chemistry Major

Linfield University offers both a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Students have the option of meeting the major requirements with courses that more closely reflect their particular interests and more optimally prepare them for certain advanced fields of study. In addition to the chemistry major, the department actively participates in the interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major.

Since the department's curriculum is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS), a student may select the specific set of courses that leads to an ACS-certified major in Chemistry or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. A chemistry major may also elect to complete a series of education and certification courses and teach chemistry at the high school level following graduation.  

Requirements for chemistry major

Possible Course Sequences

At least 40 credits including:

CHEM-210 / 211  General Chemistry I/II(4 cr. ea)
CHEM-321* / 322  Organic Chemistry I/II (4 cr. ea)
CHEM-330  Writing in Chemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM-335*  Quantitative Analysis (4 cr.)
CHEM-340  Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4 cr.)
CHEM-361* / 362  Physical Chemistry  I/II(4 cr. ea)

(Total of 36 cr.)

And the remaining from:

CHEM-350* / 351  Inorganic Chemistry  I/II(4 cr. ea)
CHEM-370   Advanced Topics in Chemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM-381   Research in Molecular and Advanced Materials (1-3 cr.)
CHEM-383   Research in Basic and Applied Nanotechnology (1-3 cr.)
CHEM-384   Research in Research In Biochemical Transcription Regulation & Analysis (1-3 cr.)
CHEM-385   Research In Small Molecule Synthesis (1-3 cr.)
CHEM-440* Biochemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM-480   Independent Study (1 to 5 cr.)
CHEM-490   Research or Thesis (2 to 5 cr.)

Full descriptions of courses.
Foundational courses (denoted with *)  provide the vocabulary, concepts, and skills required to pursue in-depth study in that subdiscipline.

In addition to those courses in the chemistry department, the following courses in Physics and Mathematics are prerequisites or recommended for several upper division chemistry courses:

PHYS-210  Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS-211  Introduction to Electromagnetism
MATH-170  Calculus I
MATH-175  Calculus II
MATH-200  Vector Calculus (recommended)
MATH-210  Ordinary Differentrial Equations (recommended)

Requirements for minor

20 credits, including 210, 211, 321, 322, and at least 4 additional credits in the department from courses numbered 335 or higher.

Requirements for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB)

The interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major coordinates pertinent courses from Chemistry and the Department of Biology.  Details of the program may be found on the BCMB program webpage.

BCMB Possible Course Sequences .

Requirements for ACS certification

Certification by American Chemical Society requires foundational course work in all five subdisciplines (321, 335, 350, 361, and 440) and advanced course work in four of the five areas (required: 322, 340, and 362; electives: 351 or BIOL 441).  In addition, the student must complete a minimum of 400 laboratory hours through coursework or other research experiences.

Requirements for Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Chemistry

Complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program and the State of Oregon licensure requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later then his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.

Any Questions? If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum at Linfield, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 640-2287 or email admission@linfield.edu. An admissions counselor will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with a faculty member.

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