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Course Sequences

The Furman University chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry. Students can choose from three tracks of study: chemistry (standard), biochemistry, or environmental chemistry.

Each course in the chemistry program provides a foundation necessary for success in all others to follow. Below are sample course sequences.

 

Chemistry Major with No AP Credit

Fall Spring
First Year CHM 110 “Foundations of Chemistry”
MTH 150 “Analytic Geometry and Calculus I”
CHM 115 “Kinetics, Thermodynamics and the Environment”
MTH 151 “Analytic Geometry and Calculus II”
Second Year CHM 120 “Organic Chemistry” **
PHY 111 “General Physics I” *
CHM 230 “Inorganic Chemistry”
CHM 240 “Experimental Techniques”
PHY 112 “General Physics II”
Third Year CHM 220 “Bio-Organic Chemistry”
CHM 310 “Physical Chemistry I”
CHM 330 “Analytical Chemistry”
Fourth Year CHM 075 “Seminar in Chemistry”
CHM 460 “Biological Chemistry” (required for biochemistry track)
CHM 340 “Physical Chemistry II” (required for standard track and environmental chemistry track)
CHM 510 “Undergraduate Thesis I”
CHM 511 “Undergraduate Thesis II”

 

Chemistry Major with AP Credit for CHM 110

Fall Spring
First Year CHM 115 “Kinetics, Thermodynamics and the Environment”
MTH 150 “Analytic Geometry and Calculus I”
CHM 120 “Organic Chemistry” **
MTH 151 “Analytic Geometry and Calculus II”
Second Year CHM 220 “Bio-Organic Chemistry”
PHY 111 “General Physics I” *
CHM 230 “Inorganic Chemistry”
CHM 240 “Experimental Techniques”
PHY 112 “General Physics II”
Third Year CHM 310 “Physical Chemistry I” CHM 330 “Analytical Chemistry”
Fourth Year CHM 075 “Seminar in Chemistry”
CHM 460 “Biological Chemistry” (required for biochemistry track)
CHM 340 “Physical Chemistry II” (required for standard track and environmental chemistry track)
CHM 510 “Undergraduate Thesis I”
CHM 511 “Undergraduate Thesis II”

 

In addition to the sequences above, our majors must complete summer research or CHM 502 “Undergraduate Research”.

Regarding upper-level chemistry courses CHM 410, 420, 430, 440, 445, 450, and 465:

– Students on the standard track must complete two of these courses.

– Students on the biochemistry track must complete CHM 465 and at least one more of these courses. (Also, a genetics course — either BIO 210, 211, or 212 — must be completed. MTH 160 may be replaced with MTH 120 “Introduction to Statistics”.)

– Students on the environmental chemistry track must complete CHM 440. (Also, two additional courses in Biology, EES, or Sustainability must be completed, as determined and approved by the chemistry department.)

 

Special Recommendations for Pre-Health Students

Fall Spring
First Year CHM 110 “Foundations of Chemistry” CHM 115 “Kinetics, Thermodynamics and the Environment”
Second Year CHM 120 “Organic Chemistry” ** CHM 220 “Bio-Organic Chemistry”
Third Year N/A
Fourth Year N/A

 

*     PHY 111 must be taken before CHM 310.
**   CHM 120 can be taken concurrently with CHM 115.