Majors & Minors

Agnes Scott’s academic program in chemistry, approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), introduces students to the principles, applications, and communication of chemical knowledge and provides extensive practical experience with modern instrumentation in laboratory courses and through research opportunities. The science of chemistry concerns the structure and properties of matter with an interest in the changes that occur as matter reacts. 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, 340/340L or 350, 360, 370, 385
  • In-depth laboratory: One of the following courses: 335, 365 and 375
  • Courses required outside the discipline: Math 119 (or equivalent); Physics 103 (non-calculus-based) or 202 (calculus-based)

NOTE: The Agnes Scott depth standard requires that a minimum of 16 credits toward a major must be completed in Agnes Scott 300 or 400 level academic courses.


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, 340/340L or 350, 360, 370, 385
  • In-depth laboratory: 335, 365 and 375
  • Research requirement: Students must obtain a total of 4 credits from work done in CHE-440 and/or CHE-450 experiences. In order for these credits to satisfy the research requirement, the CHE-440/450 courses must consist of chemistry laboratory research plus a detailed written report at the conclusion of each experience.
  • Courses required outside the discipline: Math 119 (or equivalent); Physics 202, 203

NOTE: The Agnes Scott depth standard requires that a minimum of 16 credits toward a major must be completed in Agnes Scott 300 or 400 level academic courses.


Requirements for the Chemistry Minor:

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