Chemistry Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Chemistry and see sample pathways to graduation.

Area of Concentration Requirements

  • General Chemistry I and II (or Compressed General Chemistry I and II), along with General Chemistry Laboratory during Spring Semester
  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity, along with the Chemistry Inquiry Laboratory in the fall and Organic Laboratory in the spring.
  • Physics I and II (with 2 semesters of physics lab)
  • Two semesters of Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics (with one semester of lab)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (with lab)
  • Biochemistry I
  • One additional advanced chemistry elective
  • One Independent Study Project in chemistry (plus 2 other ISPs)
  • A senior thesis on research carried out with a faculty mentor

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

Joint and double areas of concentration may be accomplished by arrangement with the chemistry faculty. Joint areas of concentration with chemistry usually include the following requirements:

  • General Chemistry I and II (or Compressed General Chemistry I and II), along with General Chemistry Laboratory during Spring Semester
  • Calculus I and II
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity, along with the Chemistry Inquiry Laboratory in the fall and Organic Laboratory in the spring.
  • Physics I and II (with two semesters of physics lab)
  • Three upper level chemistry courses
  • One Independent Study Project, lab course, or lab tutorial in chemistry (plus 2 other ISPs)

Biochemistry: Students interested in the interface between chemistry and biology may choose an area of concentration in biochemistry. Requirements include:

  • General Chemistry I and II (or Compressed General Chemistry I and II), along with General Chemistry Laboratory during Spring Semester
  • Calculus I and II plus a third semester of math (Calculus III, Differential Equations, or Linear Algebra)
  • Foundations of Biology II
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity, along with the Chemistry Inquiry Laboratory in the fall and Organic Laboratory in the spring.
  • Physics I and II (with 2 semesters of physics lab)
  • Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics (with one semester of lab)
  • Biochemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry Lab
  • Two molecular-level Biology courses plus 2 labs (chosen from Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or Microbiology)
  • One Independent Study Project in chemistry or biochemistry or molecular biology (plus 2 other ISPs)
  • A senior thesis on research carried out with a faculty mentor

The thesis prospectus must be signed by two chemists and one biologist. Since Biochemistry is already an interdisciplinary area of concentration, joint areas of concentration with Biochemistry are usually not possible.

VIEW CHEMISTRY ACADEMIC LEARNING COMPACT

VIEW CHEMISTRY COURSES OFFERED IN LAST 5 YEARS

Courses offered:

Courses offered in the core program in chemistry include

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity I and II
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry I.

General, Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry are each accompanied by separate laboratory courses.

Other courses offered include Environmental Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry II, Biochemistry Laboratory, Structure Elucidation, and Topics in Bioinorganic Chemistry.

Recent tutorials have been conducted in Green Chemistry, Transition Metal Organometallic Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Virology, and Enzyme Kinetics. Many opportunities are available for tutorials on other topics, as well as laboratory research tutorials.

For students with little experience in the natural sciences, Chemistry and the Environment and Environmental Chemistry are occasionally offered. Both courses present chemistry within the context of society and the environment. Chemistry and the Environment and General Chemistry I satisfy the Natural Sciences Liberal Arts Curriculum requirement.

SAMPLE PATHWAYS TO COMPLETE AOC REQUIREMENTS

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Chemistry

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1General Chemistry I (LAC 1)ISP 1 (one of the three ISPs must be in Chemistry)General Chemistry II
Calculus I (LAC 2)General Chemistry Laboratory
LAC 3Calculus II (LAC 5)
LAC 4LAC 6
Year 2Organic Chemistry IISP 2Organic Chemistry II
Organic I (Inquiry) LaboratoryOrganic Lab
Calculus IIIPhysics II
Physics I (LAC 7)Physics II Laboratory
Physics I Laboratory (LAC 8)
Year 3Inorganic Chemistry ISP 3Physical Chemistry I
Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryPhysical Chemistry Laboratory
Biochemistry IThesis
Year 4Advanced Chemistry (any)Continue thesis work if necessary
Physical Chemistry II Elective 1
ThesisElective 2

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Chemistry

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry ISPPhysical Chemistry I
Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryPhysical Chemistry I Laboratory
Biochemistry IElective course
Calculus IIIElective course
Year 4Advanced Chemistry (any)ISPThesis tutorial
Physical Chemistry II Elective 1
thesis tutorialElective 2
Elective course