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Chemistry deals with phenomena that affect nearly every aspect of our lives and environment. A liberal arts education in this scientific and technological age should include some exposure to the theories, laws, applications, and potential of this science.

Majors in chemistry and biological chemistry are offered. The chemistry curriculum is sufficiently flexible to allow students with career interests in areas such as the health professions, law, business, and education to design a major program suitable to their goals. Students interested in careers in chemistry or biochemistry will find chemistry electives that provide a strong background for work in graduate school, industry, or other positions requiring a strong foundation in chemistry. The department and its curriculum are approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and an ACS-certified major is offered. More information on the chemistry department and the majors is available on the website (bates.edu/chemistry/).

Chemistry Major Requirements. The requirements for chemistry majors include core courses, elective courses, and senior research and seminar. Some courses have math and/or physics prerequisites. Students who major in chemistry may use no more than one of the following toward their General Education requirements: physics minor, General Education concentrations C006 (Applying Mathematical Methods) or C056 (Physics of the Large and Small). Students may not double major in chemistry and biological chemistry. 200-level core courses should be completed by the end of the junior year.

Core Courses.

All of the following:
CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab.
CHEM 108A. Chemical Reactivity/Lab.
CHEM 212. Separation Science/Lab.
CHEM 215. Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry.
CHEM 217. Organic Chemistry I/Lab.
CHEM 218. Organic Chemistry II/Lab.
CHEM 301. Quantum Chemistry.

One of the following:
CHEM 302. Statistical Thermodynamics.
CHEM 310. Biophysical Chemistry.

One of the following:
CHEM s37. Advanced Chemical Measurement Laboratory/Lab.
CHEM s42. Chemical Synthesis and Reactivity/Lab.

Elective Courses. Chemistry majors take two chemistry courses numbered 200 or above (s37 or s42 may be taken if not used to fulfill the core major requirements). When satisfying the elective requirements, two restrictions apply. First, one course may not serve as both a core course and an elective. Second, independent study courses (360 or s50) cannot be used to satisfy elective requirements.

Course selections depend upon the goals and interests of the student. All students preparing for graduate study should choose advanced courses in their specific area of interest.

Senior Research and Seminar. The written thesis required of all chemistry majors may be either a laboratory thesis or a library thesis. Students conducting a laboratory thesis may register for CHEM 457, 458, or both, while students undertaking a library project may register for CHEM 457 or 458. Students pursuing honors register for both 457 and 458. The senior research and seminar courses include participation in the department's seminar program. Each major is required to deliver one presentation per semester of thesis credit during the senior year.

Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the chemistry major.

Advanced Placement. Students receiving scores of four or five on the Chemistry AP examination, a grade of A or B on the A-level Chemistry examinations, or a grade of six or seven on the IB HL program examination may receive credit for CHEM 107 and/or 108. These credits may be used toward a major or minor in chemistry and may be used as a prerequisite for any course that requires CHEM 107 or 108. They may not be used as a prerequisite for medical school.

Biological Chemistry Major. Biological chemistry encompasses the study of the form and function of the proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids found in living organisms. Traditionally, biological chemistry has been an interdisciplinary field, drawing on techniques and expertise from physics, medicine, biology, and chemistry. The required courses for the major give a student a solid foundation in basic science, while the array of elective courses allows wide latitude in pursuing an area of individual interest. The thesis provides a final integrating experience.

More information on the biological chemistry major is available on the website (bates.edu/biological-chemistry).

Biological Chemistry Major Requirements. The major requires thirteen or fourteen courses, including a one- or two-semester thesis, mentored by a faculty member from either the biology or chemistry department.

Students may not double major in biological chemistry and biology, chemistry, or neuroscience.

Seminar Requirement. Each biological chemistry major is required to make one formal thesis research presentation for each semester of thesis completed. Each senior is also required to attend at least four seminars presented by visiting scholars in either the biology or chemistry department.

B.S. Requirements. In addition to CHEM 107A and CHEM 108A, MATH 106 or MATH 206 and two semesters of physics (PHYS 107 or FYS 314, and PHYS 108 or FYS 274) are required. Since three of these courses are required for CHEM 302 and 310, only PHYS 108 or FYS 274 is an additional requirement.

Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the major.

Required Courses

BIO 190. Organismal Biology/Lab.
BIO 242. Cellular and Molecular Biology/Lab.

One of the following:
BIO 328. Developmental Biology/Lab.
BIO 331. Molecular Biology/Lab.

Both of the following:
CHEM 107A. Atomic and Molecular Structure/Lab.
CHEM 108A. Chemical Reactivity/Lab.

One of the following:
CHEM 302. Statistical Thermodynamics.
CHEM 310. Biophysical Chemistry.

All of the following:
CHEM 217. Organic Chemistry I/Lab.
CHEM 218. Organic Chemistry II//Lab.
CHEM 321. Biological Chemistry I/Lab.
CHEM 322. Biological Chemistry II/Lab.

A one- or two-semester thesis, BIOC 457 and/or BIOC 458, is also required, with a thesis advisor who is a faculty member in either chemistry or biology.

Elective Courses

Choose at least two, one of which must come from biology. It is strongly recommended that students considering graduate programs in biochemistry, biophysics, or related disciplines select a chemistry elective.

BI/NS 308. Neurobiology/Lab.
BIO 244. Biostatistics.
BIO 314. Virology.
BIO 315. Bacteriology/Lab.
BIO 320. Pharmacology.
BIO 328. Developmental Biology/Lab (cannot serve as both an elective and a required course).
BIO 330. Advanced Genetics/Lab.
BIO 331. Molecular Biology/Lab (cannot serve as both an elective and a required course).
BI/ES 333. Genetics Conservation Biology/Lab.
BIO 337. Animal Physiology/Lab.
BIO 338. Drug Actions on the Nervous System.
BIO 350. Immunology.
BIO 351. Immunology/Lab.
BIO 365F. Topics in Cell Biology.
BIO 380. Plant Physiology/Lab.
BIO 477. Seminar and Research in Microbiology.
BIO s34. Electron Microscopy/Lab.
BIO s35. Experimental Toxicogenomics/Lab.
BIO s40. Experimental Developmental and Molecular Biology/Lab.
BIO s44. Experimental Neuro/Physiology/Lab.

CHEM 212. Separation Science/Lab.
CHEM 215. Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry.
CHEM 223. Analytical Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry.
CHEM 240. Materials Chemistry.
CHEM 301. Quantum Chemistry.
CHEM 302. Statistical Thermodynamics (cannot serve as both an elective and a required course).
CHEM 310. Biophysical Chemistry (cannot serve as both an elective and a required course).
CHEM 313. Spectroscopic Determination of Molecular Structure.
CHEM 314. Medicinal Chemistry.
CHEM 325. Advanced Organic Chemistry.
CHEM 327. Topics in Macromolecular Chemistry.
CHEM s37. Advanced Measurement Laboratory/Lab.
CHEM s42. Chemical Synthesis and Reactivity/Lab.


Minor in Chemistry. Students may complete a minor in chemistry by taking seven chemistry courses that include 107A, 108A, and five upper-level chemistry courses or departmentally designated courses, at least one of which must be a 300-level course, s37, or s42. Independent study courses (360 or s50) cannot be used to satisfy minor requirements. Only departmentally designated cross-listed courses may be applied toward the minor.

Students majoring in biological chemistry or the chemistry track of environmental science may not minor in chemistry.

Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses counting toward the minor.

General Education. Students may satisfy the [W2] requirement by completing any three of the following courses: CHEM 212, 215, 301, 310, 321, 325, 327, s37, or s42.