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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 four 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 graduate, students must achieve an overall minimum GPA of 2.00 and a minimum combined 2.00 GPA in all chemistry AND support courses.

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: 

I am declaring my:
Please note: It is understood that, even though two or three majors may be completed, only one degree will be awarded upon completion of all requirements. Thus, in some situations, students with a double or triple major major will have to choose which degree they will pursue.
Optional Concentration
**NOTE you must meet with the Neuroscience coordinator, Dr. Helen Murphy, for approval to be admitted to the concentration.
Optional Concentration(s)
Please indicate if you pursuing a concentration(s) within the major
Optional Concentration(s)

Please indicate if you pursuing a concentration(s) within the major
Optional Concentration(s)
Optional Concentration(s)
Please indicate if you pursuing a concentration(s) within the major
Optional Concentration(s)
Please indicate if you pursuing a concentration(s) within the major
Please choose the term that you expect to graduate. Note: Expected Date of Graduation is the date you will complete your degree requirements, not when you will participate in the Commencement ceremony.