Majors & Minors

The study of chemistry is particularly appropriate to students interested in medicine, academic or industrial scientific research, forensics, or teaching. Two major options (ACS approved or non-ACS approved track) and a minor option are available. The ACS approved major curriculum is most appropriate for students interested in entering industry or continuing their studies in graduate school. The non-ACS approved major curriculum, while rigorous, affords a student flexibility to pursue other academic interests during their time at Agnes Scott. The curriculum for majors requires a strong foundation in all five subdisciplines of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry), while allowing students to tailor upper-level requirements to their individual interests. Students considering a major in chemistry should consult a department member as soon as possible since the sequence of courses and prerequisites for the major require careful planning.

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Chemistry major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • demonstrate a thorough and broad understanding of the principles, techniques and applications of modern chemistry;
  • demonstrate the laboratory and computational skills necessary to conduct research in chemistry;
  • critically analyze the primary literature in the field and communicate scientific information clearly and persuasively;
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to the disciplines of and issues relating to chemistry;
  • be prepared for post-baccalaureate pursuits such as graduate school in chemistry or employment in chemistry or chemistry-related professions;
  • demonstrate the ability to participate and perform in situations, either professional or non-professional, requiring knowledge or skills relevant to the chemical sciences.

Requirements for the Chemistry Major:

  • Courses required in the discipline: Introductory course: 150, 150L
  • Foundation courses: 220/220L, 230, 240/240L, 260, 270, 280 with lab
  • In-depth courses: 8 additional hours from the following courses: 330, 340 or 350, 360, 370
  • In-depth laboratory: One of the following courses: 335, 365 and 375
  • Courses required outside the discipline: Math 118, 119; Physics 202


Requirements for the ACS approved Chemistry Major:

  • Introductory course: 150, 150L
  • Foundation courses: 220/220L, 230, 240/240L, 260, 270, 280 with lab
  • In-depth courses: 16 additional hours from the following courses: 330, 340 or 350, 360, 370
  • In-depth laboratory: 335, 365 and 375
  • Research requirement: 435, 445, 465, 475 or 485
  • Courses required outside the discipline: Math 118, 119; Physics 202, 203


Requirements for the Chemistry Minor:

Minimum of 16 credits beyond 150 and 150L. Students majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology cannot minor in chemistry.