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First year


CHEM 101*
MATH course (level determined by the placement test)
ENGL course (level determined by the placement test)


CHEM 102
MATH 120 or MATH 202 (if MATH 201 was taken 1st semester)
ENGL course (if not taken in fall semester)

Sophomore year


CHEM 209
MATH 201
CHEM 215
PHYS 101 or 203


CHEM 210
MATH 202
PHYS 102 or 204
CHEM 270


Students considering majoring in Chemistry must enroll in CHEM 101 in the freshman fall semester, if they want to finish in four years.

*CHEM 101 is offered in the fall only.

Questions regarding CHEM 101 or 102 should be directed to Dr. Kevin Bennett (, 301-696-3682).

Potential Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to take a math course in their first semester. All Chemistry majors are encouraged to complete Calculus (MATH 201 and 202) by the end of their sophomore year.

For the fall semester, students with Level I placement on the Basic Math Skills Inventory should enroll in MATH 098, students with Level I.5 should register for Math 099, students with Level II placement should enroll in MATH 120, and students with Level III placement should enroll in MATH 201. Students with a Level I or I.5 placement will not be able to take CHEM 101 in the fall, so completing a Chemistry major in four years with such a placement will be difficult if not impossible.

PHYS 101 and 102 or 203 and 204 should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.

Students interested in Pre-Dental, Pre-Medicine, or Pre-Veterinary programs should also refer to the entry for the Health Professions Program. These students should also contact the Pre-Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Tiziana Cavinato (, 301-696-3650) in their first year to discuss their plans.

Students planning to enroll in the Secondary Education Program should contact Dr. Jennifer Cuddapah, Program Coordinator, for an advising appointment: 301-696-3773;

Chemistry majors who wish to study abroad in the sophomore or junior year should take this into consideration when planning their schedules.

Very highly qualified students who have completed an AP course in chemistry in high school and scored a 4 on the AP-Chemistry Exam will be awarded credit for CHEM 101. Students earning a 5 on the AP-Chemistry Exam will be awarded credit for both CHEM 101 and CHEM 102. These students, as well as students who have completed an IB curriculum with a score of 5 or better on the IB exam in chemistry, may consider enrolling in CHEM 209 or CHEM 215 during their first semester.

Any questions concerning chemistry majors should be directed to the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Dr. Dana Lawrence, 301-696-3675 or