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. Students at all levels are encouraged to undertake original research under the supervisions of a member of the chemistry faculty.

Course 5 is designed to provide an education based on science both for those who intend to go on to graduate study and those who intend to pursue a professional career immediately in either chemistry or an allied field, such as medicine, in which a sound knowledge of chemistry is important. The ChemFlex option is designed to provide an education based on science, both for those who intend to pursue chemistry as a career and for those who plan to go into an allied field, such as biotechnology or scientific consulting, in which a sound knowledge of chemistry is important. This training can be tailored to the student's interests by the judicious choice of elective focus subjects that contribute to the major. More details about the ChemFlex option are provided in the FAQ.

 

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
5.601 Thermodynamics I
5.602 Thermodynamics II and Kinetics
5.611 Introduction to Spectroscopy
5.612 Electronic Structures of Molecules

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

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) Macromolecular Prodrugs
Module 4 (5.361) Expression of Purification of Enzyme Mutants

Restricted Elective Labs (choose at least three)
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

Elective Labs
All remaining URIECA modules, or:
5.39 Research and Communication in Chemistry

For an S.B. Degree in Chemistry (ChemFlex):

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
5.601 Thermodynamics I
5.611 Introduction to Spectroscopy

Restricted Lecture Electives (Select 24 units of the following):
5.04 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry II
5.08 Biological Chemistry II
5.13 Organic Chemistry II
5.43 Advanced Organic Chemistry
5.602 Thermodynamic II and Kinetics
5.612 Electronic Structure of Molecules
5.62 Physical Chemistry II

Elective Focus
Select a minimum of 36 units of coursework forming an intellectually coherent unit in some area, subject to the approval of the department. Some sample focus areas are provided below and a more extensive list is available here.

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) Macromolecular Prodrugs
Module 4 (5.361) Expression of Purification of Enzyme Mutants

Choose one of the following options:

Option 1
Select at least 20 units from the list of Laboratory Restricted Electives

Option 2
5.39   Research and Communication in Chemistry (CI-M)

Option 3
A set of laboratory subjects of similar extent, subject to the approval of the department

Laboratory Restricted Electives
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

Sample Focus Areas 
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ChemFlex with Focus in Computational Chemistry
Elective Lecture: 5.602, 5.612, 5.62
Elective Focus:
6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python
6.0002 Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science
6.036 Introduction to Machine Learning
10.437J Computational Chemistry
Elective Lab: 5.39

ChemFlex with Focus in Neuroscience
Elective Lecture: 5.13, 5.08
Elective Focus:
9.02 Introduction to Neuroscience
9.015J Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Core I
9.09J Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Elective Lab: 9.12 Experimental Molecular Neurobiology, 9.123J Neurotechnology in Action

ChemFlex with Focus in Science Policy
Elective Lecture: 5.13, 5.08
Elective Focus:
14.01 Principles of Microeconomics
14.003 Microeconomic Theory and Public Policy
STS.011 Engineering Life: Biotechnology and Society
Elective Lab: 5.39

ChemFlex with Focus in Energy
Elective Lecture: 5.602, 5.612, 5.04
Elective Focus:
2.650J Introduction to Sustainable Energy
8.21 Physics of Energy
10.04 A Philosophical History of Energy
Elective Lab: 6.152J Micro/Nano Processing Technology, 5.373, 5.373