Majors & Minors

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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, 300 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, 300 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 102, 103 (non-calculus based) or 202, 203 (calculus based). Please note that while either physics sequence will fulfill the major requirements, Physics 202, 203 is highly suggested.

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.