Chemistry Major (5)

The chemistry curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry includes the General Institute Requirements as well as the specific chemistry subjects listed on this page. The laboratory curriculum of Undergraduate Research Inspired Experimental Chemistry Alternatives (URIECA) introduces students to cutting-edge research topics in a modular format.


The small number of required subjects enables the student to participate in original research under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and also provides ample time to take graduate-level chemistry classes and subjects in other departments.


For an S.B. Degree in Chemistry:

Required Lecture Subjects
5.03 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry I
5.07 Biological Chemistry
5.111 or 5.112 Principles of Chemical Science or equivalent
5.12 Organic Chemistry I
5.13 Organic Chemistry II
5.60 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
5.61 Physical Chemistry I


Required Laboratory Subjects (URIECA)
Module 1 (5.351) Fundamentals of Spectroscopy
Module 2 (5.352) Synthesis of Coordination Compounds and Kinetics
Module 3 (5.353) Fabrication of a Polymeric Light Emitting Device
Module 4 (5.361) Expression of Purification of Enzyme Mutants
Module 5 (5.362) Kinetics of Enzyme Inhibition (CI-M)
Module 6 (5.363) Organic Structure Determination
Module 7 (5.371) Continuous Flow Chemistry: Sustainable Conversion of Reclaimed Vegetable Oil into Biodiesel
Module 8 (5.372) Chemistry of Renewable Energy
Module 9 (5.373) Dinitrogen Cleavage
Module 10 (5.381) Quantum Dots
Module 11 (5.382) Time-and Frequency- resolved Spectroscopy of Photosynthesis (CI-M)
Module 12 (5.383) Fast-flow Peptide Protein Synthesis


Restricted Lecture Electives (Select two)
5.04 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry II
5.08 Biological Chemistry II
5.43 Advanced Organic Chemistry
5.62 Physical Chemistry II