Graduates with a degree in chemistry will be well prepared for employment, graduate study in a chemistry-related field, or professional school. Chemists are employed in research, quality control, design, sales and management. Many graduates pursue masters and doctoral degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, materials science, or environmental science, among others. A chemistry degree is excellent preparation for medical school and related fields, and also for careers in business, law or education.

The curriculum at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology provides a rigorous introduction to all subdisciplines of chemistry. Students have access to modern instrumentation, a new biochemistry lab, and a new environmental chemistry lab. Rose-Hulman students are introduced to modern computational methods beginning in the sophomore year. There are many opportunities for research or other individual projects, and students are encouraged to present their results at regional and national chemistry conferences. Close interaction with engineering departments provides students with a point of view not available at most other undergraduate institutions.

Students may broaden their education by choosing a minor or second major. Many students, including chemistry majors, may be interested in a second major or minor in biochemistry and molecular biology. Other common choices include applied biology, chemical engineering and mathematics.

Chemistry Plan of Study

Freshman Year
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 111* General Chemistry I............ 4
MA 111 Calculus I ........................... 5
AB 110** Biology ............................... 4
CLSK 100 College and Life Skills ...... 1
RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition  
       or  
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     

18

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 113* General Chemistry II .......... 4
MA 112 Calculus II............................ 5
PH 111 Physics I................................ 4
RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition  
       or  
HSS   Elective................................ 4
      17
       
Spring Term

Credit

CHEM 115 General Chemistry III ........ 4
MA 113 Calculus III.......................... 5
HSS   Elective................................ 4
 PH 112 Physics II........................ 4
     

17

Sophomore Year
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I ............ 4
MA 212 Matrix Algebra and Systems of Differential Equations .......
4
PH 113 Physics III............................... 4
    Free Elective......................... 4
     

16

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 200 Career Preparation  
    (take in winter or spring) 1
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II .......... 4
CHEM 291 Intro to Undergraduate 4
    Research.................................  
MA 381 Introduction to Probability with Applications to Statistics.................................

4
   
    Free Elective............................ 4
    16 or 17
   
Spring Term

Credit

CHEM 200 Career Preparation  
    (take in winter or spring) 1
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry III ......... 4
CHEM 225 Analytical Chemistry I ....... 4
HSS   Elective................................... 4
    Free Elective.......................... 4
    16 or 17
       
Junior Year
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 326 Bioanalytical Chemistry........ 4
CHEM 361 ***Physical Chemistry I.... 4
CHEM 330 Biochemistry I........................ 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
       
     

16

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 327 Advanced Analytical .......... 4
CHEM 362 ***Physical Chemistry II... 4
CHEM 400 Chemical  Communications I.... 1
HSS   Elective................................ 4
    Free Elective......................... 4
     

17

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHEM 363 Quantum Chemistry &  
        Molecular Spectroscopy. 4
CHEM 451 Organic Structure  
        Determination.................. 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
    Free Elective......................... 4
CHEM 490# Research............................... 1
     

17

Senior Year
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 441 Inorganic Chemistry I......... 4
CHEM 401 Chemical  Communications II.... 1
CHEM 490 Research............................... 1
    Chemistry Elective ............. 4
    Free Elective........................ 4
     

14

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 442 Inorganic Chemistry II........ 4
CHEM 402 Chemical Communications III.... 1
CHEM 490 Research............................... 1
HSS   Elective................................ 4
    Chemistry Elective  
        (400-level)##.................... 4
     

14

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHEM 403 Chemistry Seminar III.......... 1
CHEM 490  Research.............................. 1
HSS   Elective................................ 4
    Free Elective......................... 4
    Free Elective......................... 4
     

14

       
   

Total credits required:  192

Notes:
Two degree or double major programs in chemistry and biochemistry is not allowed.
*Subject to approval, CHEM 112 may be substituted for CHEM 111 and CHEM 113. Chemistry majors may replace CHEM 111 and CHEM 113 with CHEM 105 and CHEM 107. These courses must be taken in these combinations. That is, CHEM 111 and CHEM 113, or CHEM 105 and CHEM 107.
**AB120 or AB130 may be substituted for AB110.
***CHE 303, CHE 304 and CHEM 360 may be substituted for CHEM 361 and CHEM 362.
#Students must complete at least 3 credits of CHEM 490 prior to the Spring quarter of their senior year. Students may count up to 8 credits of research toward their electives, of which no more than 2 credits can come from CHEM 290.
##Research and independent study do not meet this requirement.

List of Required Chemistry Courses

  Course Numbers

Credits

  General Chemistry 111, 113, 115

12

  Organic Chemistry 251, 252, 253

12

  Analytical Chemistry 225, 326, 327 12
  Physical Chemistry 361, 362, 363 12
  Inorganic Chemistry 441, 442 8
  Biochemistry 330 4
  Organic Structure Determination 451 4
  Seminar 401, 402, 403 3
  Research & Literature 291, 490 7
  Career Preparation 200 1
  Electives   8
  Total   83

Summary of minimum graduation requirements:

Course or areas Required Elective Total
  Chemistry   75 8 83
  Physics   12 0 12
  Mathematics   23 0 23
  Biology   4 0 4
  Humanities and Social Sciences   4 32 36
  Electives   0 36 36
  College and Life Skills   1 0 1
           
   

Total

119 76 195

Area Minor in Chemistry

Students not taking a first or second major in chemistry may earn an Area Minor in Chemistry by successfully completing the sequence of courses listed below. The student desiring this minor must request the approval of the Department Head and file the appropriate form with the registrar. This form is available on the Department of Chemistry webpage.

The requirements for an area minor in chemistry for students with a first or second major in applied biology or chemical engineering are different from those majoring in other disciplines.

Area Minor in Chemistry for Most Students

Course Number Course Title

Credits

  *CHEM107 Engineering Chemistry II 4
  CHEM225 Analytical Chemistry 4
  CHEM251 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM252 Organic Chemistry II 4
    **Approved List of Chemistry Electives 8
Total  
24

*You may replace CHEM111 and CHEM113 for CHEM105 and CHEM107. These courses must be taken in these combinations. That is, CHEM111 and CHEM113, or CHEM105 and CHEM107

**Approved list of chemistry electives include CHEM115, CHEM253, CHEM290 (up to two credit hours), CHEM291, or any 300 or 400 level chemistry courses.

Area Minor in Chemistry for Chemical Engineering and Applied Biology Majors

Course Number Course Title

Credits

  CHEM225 Analytical Chemistry 4
  CHEM253 Organic Chemistry III 4
    Chemistry Electives* 12
Total  
20

*The electives cannot count toward the student’s major. Students who have taken CHE 303, 304 and CHEM 360 cannot count CHEM 361 or CHEM 362 toward the minor. No more than 2 credits of CHEM 290 can count toward the minor.

Environmental Chemistry Minor for Most Students

Course Number Course Title

Credits

  *CHEM105 Engineering Chemistry I 4
  *CHEM107 Engineering Chemistry II 4
  CHEM225 Analytical Chemistry 4
  CHEM251 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM264 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
  CHEM371 Environmental Analytical Chemistry 4
  CHE465 Energy and the Environment 4
Total  
28

*CHEM 105 and CHEM 107 can be substituted for CHEM11You may replace CHEM111, CHEM 113, and CHEM 115.

Environmental Chemistry Minor for Chemical Engineers and Applied Biology Majors
Environmental Certificate for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

Course Number Course Title

Credits

  CHEM225 Analytical Chemistry  
     or CHEM253 Organic Chemistry III 4
  CHEM330 Biochemistry I  
     or CHEM361 Physical Chemistry I 4
  CHEM303 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 4
  CHEM264 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
  CHEM371 Environmental Analytical Chemistry 4
  CHE465 Energy and the Environment 4
Total  
24