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All major courses have associated laboratory instruction which not only illustrates basic principles but also emphasizes modern techniques and student use of research-grade instruments.
In addition to the introductory or honors general chemistry, courses are offered in these areas of chemistry: basic and advanced organic, physical (kinetics and thermodynamics), basic and advanced inorganic, physical biochemistry, environmental, instrumental, and molecular spectroscopy and bonding (quantum chemistry).
The Chemistry Department offers five major programs. Three of the major programs are offered as majors in chemistry: Plan A, for those who wish a broad and thorough training in chemistry; Plan B, for those whose scientific interests are only partially based in chemistry; and a modified major, which is similar to Plan B, but also includes a second program involving another college department.
Plan A should be chosen by students who plan to do graduate work in chemistry or a closely allied science. Such students should normally add further courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics to the plan’s minimum requirements. Plan A is also a suitable choice for premedical students.
Plan B is less structured and is suitable for students planning to engage in chemically-related careers, such as medicine, environmental science, life science, or industrial science, or professions for which the study of chemistry may prove desirable, such as teaching, law, or business.
The fourth program offered by the Chemistry Department is a major in biophysical chemistry. This is a relatively structured major designed for students interested in biophysical chemistry and associated methodologies for studying life processes. It provides a strong background for graduate work in biophysical chemistry, structural biology, biochemistry, and biomedical science, and is suitable for premedical students. Students are encouraged to add further courses in chemistry, biochemistry, biological sciences, mathematics, and physics to the plan’s minimum requirements.
The fifth program is a major in biological chemistry. This major is designed for students interested in applications of chemistry to fundamental biological processes, similar to the biophysical chemistry option, but without as much emphasis on the physical chemical underpinnings. In addition to being suitable for premedical students, it provides the framework for further graduate study in all areas of biological chemistry and biomedicine.
The Chemistry Department offers a single minor program. Any student wishing to enroll in the minor program must obtain approval from a member of the Chemistry Department's Undergraduate Advisory Committee by no later than the end of the first week of the last term in residence prior to graduation.
All major programs require an average GPA of 2.0 in all courses counted toward the major, including prerequisites taken in Chemistry. Normally, all courses that would serve as prerequisites to, or count toward a major in Chemistry, and that are presented at the time the student submits a major card must individually have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Dartmouth College requires that all majors must complete a substantial, graded culminating or integrating activity in their major. Many chemistry majors will satisfy this requirement by participating in undergraduate research by registering for one or more terms of CHEM 87, Undergraduate Investigation in Chemistry. Often such students will be enrolled in the Chemistry Honors Program as well. A minimum of eight upper-level classes is required for all three majors. Upper level courses are chosen from a wide variety of disciplines to meet specific student interests and to prepare for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, medicine, law, or business. Other chemistry majors will satisfy the requirement for a culminating or integrating experience by including in their major programs one of the three-course groups. The course groups, each of which provides an integrated presentation of an important area of modern chemical sciences, are: Biophysical Chemistry (Physical Chemistry of Biochemical Processes or Physical Chemistry I), Physical Chemistry II and Physical Biochemistry; Biological Chemistry (Physical Chemistry of Biochemical Processes, Biological Chemistry I and Biological Chemistry II); Physical Chemistry (Physical Chemistry I, Physical Chemistry II, Quantum Chemistry, Statistical Thermodynamics, Molecular Spectroscopy, Chemistry of Macromolecules, Introduction to Materials Chemistry and Chemical Kinetics); Chemical Applications, Synthesis and Characterization (Environmental Chemistry and Basic Inorganic Chemistry), and one additional course from among (Advanced Inorganic Chemistry: Organometallic Chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry: Catalysis, Inorganic Biochemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry).
Requirements for the Chemistry Minor
Prerequisite: General Chemistry, or Honors First-Year General Chemistry and Introduction to Calculus.
Required Courses: Organic Chemistry or Honors Organic Chemistry and Basic Inorganic Chemistry.
Two additional courses selected from among Physical Chemistry of Biochemical Processes, Biological Chemistry I, Biological Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry or Honors Organic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I, Physical Chemistry II, Undergraduate Investigation in Chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry: Organometallic Chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry: Catalysis, Inorganic Biochemistry, and Physical Organic Chemistry; or graduate-level courses in chemistry. The NRO option is disallowed for any required course taken to fulfill the chemistry minor. Students should note that many of the courses listed above have prerequisites in addition to General Chemistry and Introduction to Calculus.
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