Chemistry Major and Minor

The program in chemistry is designed to meet the needs of students who are pursuing chemistry as part of a pre-professional course or to increase their knowledge of the natural sciences.

Our program recognizes that chemistry as a discipline is a core science but is also intertwined with a number of other fields, including physics, biology and math/computer science. In fact, some of the most exciting areas in science today are found in the interdisciplinary fields of chemical physics, chemical biology, theoretical/computational chemistry, environmental studies and materials science.

Curriculum & Courses

Our curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society and students can obtain an ACS-certified degree in chemistry by taking an additional course in physical chemistry, a full year of physics, and at least one semester of biochemistry.

Majors can also design a program that explores interdisciplinary areas such as chemical physics, computational chemistry, materials science, or biological chemistry. Many opt to pursue our Biochemistry and Biophysics Concentration, Scientific Computing Concentration, or an array of complementary minors.

  • Major

    The core required courses are:

    • four semesters of introductory and organic chemistry: CHEM 111, 113 OR 115, CHEM 112 OR 114, CHEM 222, and CHEM 225.
    • two semesters of advanced integrative chemistry laboratory (“Superlab”): CHEM 301 and 302.
    • one semester of physical chemistry: CHEM 304 or 305.
    • one semester of senior research tutorials: CHEM 36x or 380.
    • two half-semester courses in inorganic chemistry: CHEM 320 and one of 351, 353, or 354.
    • senior seminar: CHEM 391 (a half credit course over two semesters).

    Chemistry majors must also complete:

    • one semester of additional advanced chemistry courses numbered 304-358.
    • one semester of math (MATH 118 or above).
    • two semesters of either introductory physics (PHYS 101/102 or 105/106) or biology (BIOL 200).
  • Minor

    • Four semesters of introductory and organic chemistry: CHEM 111, 113 OR 115, CHEM 112 OR 114, CHEM 222, and CHEM 225.
    • One semester of physical chemistry: CHEM 304 or 305.
    • One semester of advanced chemistry chosen from courses numbered between 301 and 369.

     

    Students must take at least three of the courses for the chemistry minor at Haverford College. The Senior Seminar (CHEM 391) is not required, but recommended.

     

Associated Programs and Concentrations

Research & Outreach

Research is a key piece of our program, and we are committed to providing compelling research opportunities at every level of the curriculum. Students can pursue our research–based courses and paid summer research internships with a faculty member. As seniors, majors participate in high-level research tutorial courses in which they engage in directed research on a particular topic under the guidance of a faculty member.

Student research culminates with the senior thesis, which is required of every major and is produced, along with an oral and poster presentation, over the course of senior year in conjunction with our Senior Seminar.

About 70% of our students present their work at meetings and 20% appear as a co-author on a peer-reviewed publication.

After Graduation

Trained as scientific thinkers and problem solvers, students graduate from our program prepared for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, medicine, law, business, and primary and secondary education, as well as many other fields.

Close to one third of majors go on to top-ranked graduate programs leading to a Ph.D., while another third enter medical school. The remaining third pursue jobs in a range of areas, including teaching, laboratory science, and information science.

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