MAJOR: Chemistry 120 and 150, or Chemistry 130; Chemistry 220, Chemistry 221, and Chemistry 240; Chemistry 300, 300L, 305, 305L, 340, a minimum of four units of Chemistry 295 or 395; and, four units of Chemistry 490. At least one elective course is to be selected from the following: Chemistry 280, 330, 332, 332L, 340L, 350, 350L, 355, 360, 370, 380, or Physics 368. Also required are Calculus 2 in Mathematics and two courses in Physics: 110 or 115, and 120 or 125. In order to graduate with American Chemical Society certification, it is necessary to take both Chemistry 332 and Chemistry 350. Chemistry 120 (or 130), 220, 221, and 240 satisfy the general and organic chemistry distribution requirements for the health professions.
MINOR: Chemistry 120 and 150, or Chemistry 130; Chemistry 220, Chemistry 221, and Chemistry 240 with eight units of elective courses. Chemistry 100, 104, 195, 295, 395 and 397 may not be included as electives.
WRITING REQUIREMENT: Students majoring in Chemistry will satisfy the final component of Occidental College's campus-wide writing requirement by submitting a portfolio of four special reports, drawn from Chemistry 240, 300L, 305L, 340 (or appropriate course work) in the fall semester of their senior year. Students should familiarize themselves with the departmental requirement at the time of declaring the major. See the Writing Program and consult the department chair for additional information.
COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT: The student will satisfactorily present a seminar during the senior year on an area of current research in the field of chemistry to an audience of Occidental students, faculty, and guests. The student will also take a comprehensive examination in Chemistry. A student with an overall grade point average of 3.25 can earn distinction with a 75th percentile rank on the examination.
HONORS: Senior chemistry students with an overall grade point average of 3.25 are permitted to present a written thesis on their research for College Honors consideration at graduation. See the Honors Program and consult the department chair for additional information.
GRADUATE STUDY: The Department of Chemistry, together with the Departments of Education, Geology, and Physics, participates in offering a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Physical Science. This program is available to students in the teaching credential program who have a significant background in the physical sciences and who wish to deepen their scientific level beyond the level required for a single-subject credential in one of the physical sciences. General M.A.T. degree requirements are listed in the Graduate Study section of this catalog. Students seeking the Physical Sciences degree are required to complete three five-unit graduate level courses, each of which is an enhancement of a four-unit upper-division course with the addition of a related teaching-oriented project. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Study section of this catalog or the Chair of one of the offering departments.
SPECIAL FEATURES: The Department of Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society for the professional education of chemists. Completion of the suggested graduate school option admits students to full membership in the American Chemical Society upon graduation. Outlines of suggested four-year programs with emphasis in environmental chemistry, biochemistry, chemical physics, engineering, pre-medicine, and teaching may be obtained from the department chair.