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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Degree Programs

Typical Program for Chemistry Majors

NOTE: The information below applies to students entering DU in the fall of 2016 or later. Degree requirements prior to this date may be found here.

First Year

Fall Quarter

  • General Chemistry I  and Lab
  • First Year Seminar (FSEM)
  • Calculus
  • Common Curriculum

Winter Quarter

  • General Chemistry II and Lab
  • Writing
  • Calculus
  • Biology (for biochemistry majors and pre-professional students) or University Physics and lab

Spring Quarter

  • Chemistry of the Elements and Lab
  • Writing
  • Calculus
  • Biology (for biochemistry majors and pre-professional students) or University Physics and Lab

Second Year

Fall Quarter

  • Organic Chemistry I and Lab
  • Physics and Lab

Winter Quarter

  • Organic Chemistry II and Lab
  • Physics and Lab

Spring Quarter

  • Organic Chemistry III and Lab
  • Physics and Lab

Third and Fourth Year

This is when you shape your curriculum to obtain the best background for your particular goals. All majors must take at least one quarter of physical chemistry. A required course in instrumental analysis provides experience with a wide variety of cutting-edge laboratory instruments and techniques. Frontiers in Chemistry provides exposure to research techniques. Students in this course learn how to research a project in the literature, plan and execute experiments to accomplish the project, and present the results, all in a team situation. Students take advanced courses in the areas of biochemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, or environmental chemistry, depending on their major and interests. All majors are encouraged to undertake a research project with a faculty member. These years consolidate the background material learned in your beginning classes and allow you to develop into an independent researcher.