Oct 02, 2023  
2018-19 College of Liberal Arts 
2018-19 College of Liberal Arts [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Major

Meet the Faculty

Chemistry explores matter and its properties, its physical and chemical transformations, and energy changes associated with these transformations. Bridging traditional humanities on one hand and modern physics on the other, chemistry is a central subject in a liberal arts curriculum. “Every aspect of our world today – even politics and international relations – is affected by chemistry,” said Linus Pauling. Chemists search for new molecules in space; make new useful materials; solve problems of the environment, energy, health, and food production; and probe how organisms work.

The chemistry department offers a program of study leading to certification as a chemist by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training and designed to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Many graduates continue their education in graduate or professional school and become chemists, teachers, doctors, lawyers, biochemists, pharmacists, veterinarians, engineers, and business people.

Major Requirements

The chemistry program requires a sequence of courses. The 100-level courses introduce first-year students to the discipline and serve as prerequisites for future foundational and elective courses. To declare this major, a student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in at least two (2) of the courses taken at Rollins listed on the major map.

Chemistry Major

Fourteen (14) courses are required


Students interested in earning an ACS certified degree are required to take either CHM 498 - Research I and II  and CHM 499 - Research I and II  or CHM 445 - Advanced Integrated Laboratory in Chemistry , and ten additional credits from the departmental electives list. Students interested in graduate school in chemistry are strongly advised to earn the ACS certified degree with Physical Chemistry II (CHM 306 ) as one of their departmental electives and in consultation with the faculty encouraged to consider additional biology (biochemistry concentration) or mathematics and physics (material science) courses as appropriate.

Students interested in earning a non-ACS certified degree are required to take ten additional credits from the departmental electives list.

Recommended Sequence of Coursework

First-year students who have not had high school physics, or have deficiencies in mathematics and/or science background should consult with a member of the department.

General chemistry and mathematics courses are typically completed during the freshmen year. Organic chemistry and physics in the second. Students interested in studying abroad should consult with a member of the department no later than Fall of the sophomore year. During the junior year students are advised to take a minimum of four courses at the 300 or higher level. Students interested in pursuing honors in the major complete CHM 498 - Research I and II  CHM 499 - Research I and II  in the senior year in addition to any remaining foundational or elective classes.

Education - Secondary Education Minor

Education - Secondary Education Minor