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Refer to the Bulletin's chemistry section for the most up-to-date information on requirements for the B.A., B.S., minor and B.A./M.A. program and for course descriptions. Learning goals for the chemistry major can be found here. Visit the Course Schedule for the chemistry department's latest course offerings.
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Undergraduates attend the best graduate schools, medical schools, and work in industry.
The chemistry major offers a broad training in modern chemistry, covering the major subfields — biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical — and allowing students to pursue their special interest(s). Undergraduate chemistry at Brandeis offers the following options:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
- Combined B.A./M.A. Program
Chemistry is the central science and the chemistry major provides a solid preparation for professional work in chemistry and allied fields; for study at the graduate level in chemistry and in other related fields (biochemistry, environmental science, pharmacology, polymer science, etc.); for professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry); and for developing an understanding of the technological and scientific issues challenging our society today — useful professionally in law and business, as well as in everyday life.
Chemistry majors are given the opportunity to develop extensive, practical experience through laboratory courses using macro- and microscale techniques. Chemistry majors are encouraged to participate in independent research, which is an important part of a scientific education.
How to Become an Undergraduate Major
The most important qualification for becoming a chemistry major is interest in and enjoyment of chemistry.
In chemistry, as in other sciences, courses build on each other; therefore, it is important to begin early. Most students (but not all) take general chemistry and calculus in their first year. The chemistry major requires either PHYS 10a,b, 11a,b, or 15a,b (Physics I,II), which is a prerequisite for physical chemistry and advanced experimental chemistry. Completing physics by the end of the sophomore year (recommended) will allow students to take physical chemistry and advanced experimental chemistry during their junior year.
During the fall term, interested students meet with chemistry faculty and majors at a "meet the majors" gathering called to discuss the major in chemistry. Students should consult with their faculty advisers to develop a program of courses to shape their needs and interests. To apply for the Honors Program, a student must select a research advisor and submit a proposed plan to the department by Sept. 15 of his or her senior year.