Bachelor in Chemistry

General

Program Description

Overview

Chemistry students at Earlham are challenged by our core courses, part of a curriculum approved and certified by the American Chemical Society.

Earlham offers the opportunity to take exciting new chemistry courses, such as Forensics and Biophysical Chemistry.

You will work on laboratory projects alongside our faculty, using state-of-the-art instrumentation, in a newly renovated LEED-certified building named after Earlham Chemistry alum and Nobel Laureate Wendell Stanley.

You will gain analytical, critical thinking and writing skills required to succeed in whatever career you choose.

Highlights

Our students participate in at least one immersive research experience either on or off-campus.

You will have access to paid internships at organizations such as Belden, the Richmond Sanitary District, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Recent graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs at universities such as Harvard, Duke, Purdue, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Utah. Several of them were awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Plan of Study

General Education Requirements

The Department offers five courses that fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning component of the Analytical Reasoning Requirement. Those courses are CHEM 105, 111, 221, 321 and 331.

Students who successfully complete these courses will have accomplished many of the General Education learning goals, in particular:

  • Generate, interpret, and evaluate quantitative information.
  • First-hand experience with both theoretical analysis and the collection of empirical data.

The Major

  • Core Courses
    • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
    • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
    • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 480 Seminar
    • CHEM 484 Ford-Knight Research or
      CHEM 486 Student Research
    • CHEM 488 Senior Capstone Experience
  • Two of the following courses (totaling at least 7 credits):
    • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
    • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
    • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry
    • CHEM 453 Cell Membrane Biochemistry
    • CHEM 462 Organometallic Chemistry
    • CHEM 463 Materials Chemistry
    • CHEM 482 Special Topics

and:

  • MATH 180 Calculus A
  • Either PHYS 125 and 235 Analytical Physics I and II (recommended);
    OR PHYS 120 and 230 General Physics I and II
  • Comprehensive Examinations
  • An independent research project is also required. This may be accomplished through an independent study in Chemistry, a summer research experience on or off-campus, an approved Ford/Knight Research Project, or a semester off-campus program such as the Oak Ridge program. Careful early planning with your adviser should be done to determine the best option for the research experience.

The Minor

  • Core Courses
    • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
    • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • Two courses from the following electives for a total of 24 semester hours in Chemistry:
    • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
    • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
    • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry
    • CHEM 453 Cell Membrane Biochemistry
    • CHEM 462 Organometallic Chemistry
    • CHEM 463 Materials Chemistry
    • CHEM 482 Special Topics

Recommended Course Sequence for Chemistry Majors

First Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
  • MATH 180 Calculus A

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • MATH 280 Calculus B (optional, but recommended)

Summer

  • Research or internship

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
  • PHYS 120 General Physics I or PHYS 125 Analytical Physics I

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • PHYS 230 General Physics II or PHYS 235 Analytical Physics II

Summer

  • Research or internship

Third Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
  • GRE for graduate school

Summer

  • Research or internship

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

  • Elective Course(s)
    • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
    • *CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Spring Semester

  • Elective Course(s)
    • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • *CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM 480 Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 488 Senior Capstone

Notes

  • The best time to schedule an off-campus experience is in the spring/fall of the 3rd year or the fall of the 4th year.
  • Some additional courses are required for the ACS Certified Degree.
  • *CHEM 431 and CHEM 441 are offered in alternate years.

International Admissions

A Global Learning Community

Rooted in the Quaker values of equality, justice, respect, and collaboration, an Earlham education creates an unending desire to see the world differently and to bring about change. Earlham prepares you for the challenges and decisions of your college career and for your life after college.

As an international student, you play a key role in bringing the world to Earlham. We recognize and value the distinct perspectives you bring with you and how they can enrich experiences in and out of the classroom.

International students make up approximately 21% of the total student body at Earlham. Our dynamic campus includes more than 200 international students, faculty, and language assistants from more than 60 countries.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus, too!

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are required of all international applicants.

If English is not your primary language, you must submit an English Proficiency exam and meet the required criteria. You may also submit an SAT or ACT score to enhance your competitiveness for admission and for scholarship consideration.

If English is your primary language, you may submit your SAT or ACT scores instead of an English Proficiency exam.

Current accepted tests and minimum required scores are:

Test Required Recommended
SAT – EBRW 400 600
ACT – Reading 20 26
TOEFL - total 80 92
IELTS – total 6.0 7.0
Duolingo - total 105 115
GTEC - total 1192 1255
ISE - total ISE II Merit ISE III Pass

While we understand the many issues present in standardized testing, Earlham’s current registration with SEVIS requires compliance with these test score requirements. SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System used by the Department of State on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (in other words, important US governmental agencies). Therefore, the International Student Advisers must use test scores to substantiate academic preparedness and English proficiency when preparing an I-20 (the document needed to apply for a student visa) for an admitted student.

Last updated Apr 2020

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