Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

  • CHM 115 – General Chemistry I
  • CHM 116 – General Chemistry II
  • CHM 351 – Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 352 – Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 353 – Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 362 – Chemical Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics
    •  or CHM 368 – Quantum Chemistry, Molecular Structure, and Spectroscopy,
  • CHM 491 – Chemistry Seminar (four semesters)
  • SCI 490 – Integrated Science
    •  or other approved Keystone
  • CHM 370, or BIO 369, or other approved biochemistry or chemical biology course
  • MAT 145 – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 – Calculus II
  • PHY 121 – General Physics I
  • PHY 122 – General Physics II
  • One additional course from:
    • CHM 362 – Chemical Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics
    • CHM 367 – Properties of Polymers
    • CHM 368 – Quantum Chemistry, Molecular Structure, and Spectroscopy
    • CHM 464 – Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHM 470 – Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
    • CHM 481 – Instrumental Analysis
    • CHM 482 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHM 495 – Topics
    • CHM 499 – Independent Study/Research
    • PHY 317 – Biophysics

Because upper division courses have Mathematics and Physics prerequisites, students should plan to take MAT 145, 146 in the first year and PHY 121, 122 in the sophomore year.

Teaching Licensure in Physical Science

The State of Minnesota has specific licensing requirements for teachers that may differ slightly in emphasis from the Augsburg major requirements. The state requirements may also be subject to change after publication of this catalog. Students therefore should consult with the Augsburg Department of Education to identify current Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

Chemistry for Pre-Professional Students

Pre-medical students should plan to take at least three courses (and usually more) in Biology. Other pre-health and pre-professional students (physician assistant, pharmacy, engineering, etc.—see pre-professional program listings in the Academic Information section) should consult the Chemistry Department for assistance in course planning early in their college careers.

Bachelor of Science (non-ACS-Approved)

  • CHM 115 – General Chemistry I
  • CHM 116 – General Chemistry II
  • CHM 351 – Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 352 – Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 353 – Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 370, or BIO 369, or other approved biochemistry or chemical biology course
  • CHM 491 – Chemistry Seminar (four semesters)
  • MAT 145 – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 – Calculus II
  • PHY 121 – General Physics I
  • PHY 122 – General Physics II
  • SCI 490 – Integrated Science
    •  or other approved Keystone
  • One of:
    • CHM 362 – Chemical Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics,
    • CHM 368 – Quantum Chemistry, Molecular Structure, and Spectroscopy
  • Three from these electives (12 semester credits)
    • CHM 362 – Chemical Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics
    • CHM 367 – Properties of Polymers
    • CHM 368 – Quantum Chemistry, Molecular Structure, and Spectroscopy,
    • CHM 464 – Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHM 470 – Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
    • CHM 481 – Instrumental Analysis
    • CHM 482 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHM 495 – Topics in Chemistry
    • CHM 499 – Chemistry Research
    • PHY 317 – Biophysics

Bachelor of Science (American Chemical Society Approved Major)

  • CHM 115 – General Chemistry I
  • CHM 116 – General Chemistry II
  • CHM 351 – Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 352 – Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 353 – Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 362 – Chemical Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics,
  • CHM 368 – Quantum Chemistry, Molecular Structure, and Spectroscopy,
  • CHM 464 – Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 481 – Instrumental Analysis
  • CHM 482 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 491 – Chemistry Seminar (four semesters)
  • SCI 490 – Keystone
  • CHM 370, or BIO 369, or other approved biochemistry or chemical biology course
  • MAT 145 – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 – Calculus II
  • MAT 245 – Calculus III
  • PHY 121 – General Physics I
  • PHY 122 – General Physics II
  • One 4-semester-credit course from:
    • CHM 367 – Properties of Polymers
    • CHM 470 – Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
    • CHM 495 – Topics in Chemistry
    • CHM 499 – Independent Study/Research
    • PHY 317 – Biophysics

Recommended: PHY 245 – Modern Physics, additional mathematics, research experience, and computer proficiency.

Because upper division courses have Mathematics and Physics prerequisites, students should plan to take MAT 145, 146 in the first year and PHY 121, 122 in the sophomore year.

General Education Accommodation

BS Chemistry majors are allowed a two-course reduction in the general education program. See Graduation Requirements modification section of this catalog.

Graduation Skills

The Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), and Writing (W) graduation skills are embedded throughout the chemistry major for both BA and BS degrees. ENL 111 should be taken in the first year. The Speaking (S) skill is met through COM 115 (or COM 111) and further developed in upper division chemistry courses.

Departmental Honors

Full ACS major; GPA of 3.50 in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics; one course (4 semester credits) summer of approved research; participation in seminar.

Minor in Chemistry

Five courses that must include: CHM 115, 116, CHM 353, and any two other Chemistry courses above 300. At least one of the 300-level courses must be taken at Augsburg.

Other Requirements

Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or better in each course that applies toward the major or minor in chemistry. At least two CHM courses numbered above 300 must be taken at Augsburg. A course must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or higher to count as a prerequisite for any chemistry course. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in chemistry courses is required for any chemistry major.

Note: Other restrictions and prerequisites are in the course descriptions.

Transfer students must consult with a Chemistry Department Advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements for the major.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.