The Chemistry department is designed for students with a wide variety of interests and needs and is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Students who are planning graduate work in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or for those pursuing a career as a practicing industrial chemist, the ACS-certified major in chemistry is highly recommended. Students interested in this program should plan their programs with the department chair as early as possible.
Students who are planning to enter medical or dental schools are advised to take the following courses in chemistry: 110, 240, 241, 280 and 448.
Chemistry offers two disciplinary majors, a B.A. and a B.S., and a disciplinary minor.
If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in Chemistry or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.
(all departmental and cognate courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better)
Requirements for the Major (B.A.)
disciplinary, 12 courses (for the Standard track; 11 courses for the Accelerated track, if 190 is taken instead of 110 and 280)
CHEM 110 and 280 (or 190), 240, 241, 310, 318, 320, 425; one additional 300- or 400-level chemistry course, which may include CHEM 450, 490, or 495; MATH 131 Calculus II; PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I and PHYS 160 Introductory Physics II.
Requirements for the Major (B.S.)
disciplinary, 16 courses (for the Standard track; 15 courses for the Accelerated track, if 190 is taken instead of 110 and 280)
CHEM 110 and 280 (or 190), 240, 241, 310, 318, 320, 448, 425, two additional 300- or 400-level chemistry course, one of which may be CHEM 450, 490, or 495; two additional courses in the natural sciences (at least one of which must be at the 200-level or above; MATH 131 Calculus II; PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I; PHYS 160 Introductory Physics II.
Requirements for the Minor
disciplinary, 6 courses (for the Standard track; 5 courses for the Accelerated track, if 190 is taken instead of 110 and 280)
CHEM 110 and 280 (or 190), 240; one additional chemistry course at the 200-level; two additional chemistry courses from the 300 or 400 level, only one of which may include CHEM 450, 490, or 495.
Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed with classroom and lab components that build a strong foundation in modern chemistry techniques and methods.
Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Chemistry a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
Discover the structure, mechanism, reactions, synthesis and practical methods for structure determination by studying organic molecules. The lab portion of this course emphasizes learning modern techniques and the identification of compounds using spectroscopic methods.
CHEM 302 Forensic Science
Experience the connection between the law and chemistry first hand. Students will start by learning how evidence is collected from a crime scene and how important the role of chemical techniques are in processing the evidence. Once you learn this, you will put theory into practice and investigate a crime scene. Are you ready to challenge your skills?
CHEM 448 Biochemistry I
Learn about the chemical processes that explain life at the cellular and molecular level. You will begin by studying biological macromolecules and their structure, function, and physical properties. Once you learn these you will investigate metabolic pathways, bioenergetics and electron transport within the body. This is the science that has been used to provide explanations for the cause of many diseases and ways in which to fight them.