Every material in the universe is made up of matter – chemists break things down to the simplest of forms.

At Emmanuel, you will study and research in a lab, but you will impact everything beyond it. Our distinguished faculty prepares students for the careers of the 21st century, engaging them in a rigorous academic curriculum, opening doors through faculty-student research collaborations and encouraging the pursuit of advanced research and internship opportunities.

Major Requirements

View the 2020-2021 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.S. in Chemistry

  • CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I (SI-L) and
  • CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistry II (SI-L) or
  • CHEM1103 Chemical Perspectives (SI-L)
  • CHEM2101 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM2102 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM2104 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM3105 Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics
  • CHEM3106 Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Mechanics
  • CHEM4160 Senior Seminar
  • CHEM4194 Internship in Chemistry
  • MATH1111 Calculus I (QA)
  • MATH1112 Calculus II (QA)
  • PHYS2201 General Physics I (Calculus based)(SI-L)
  • PHYS2202 General Physics II (Calculus based)(SI-L)
  • Three electives selected from upper-level chemistry courses, except INT3211, CHEM4178, CHEM4194-4195

Minor Requirements

View the 2019-2020 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Chemistry

  • CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I (SI-L) and
  • CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistry II (SI-L) or
  • CHEM1103 Chemical Perspectives (SI-L)
  • Four upper-level chemistry courses excluding CHEM4160, CHEM4194, CHEM4195 and INT3211.

Learning Goals & Outcomes

At the completion of the Chemistry degree the student will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the sub-disciplines of chemistry including biochemistry, inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry.
  • Develop testable chemical hypotheses, design and execute experiments to test the hypotheses, analyze the data, and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Effectively communicate chemical knowledge and research to general and specialized audiences.
  • Execute chemical literature searches to assess experimental design, results, and conclusions in scientific scholarly articles.
  • Utilize laboratory skills of experimental design, chemical synthesis, purification, data and error analysis, and computational analysis with full regard to safe laboratory practices.
  • Follow a high standard of ethics in regard to the scientific method.

Teacher Licensure Requirements

Teacher Licensure Requirements

Students seeking teacher licensure in chemistry must complete a major in chemistry, as well as complete required education courses and ­student teaching. Education requirements are available through the education department.  Interested students should also consult the chemistry department regarding the optimal selection of electives.

Students seeking Initial Licensure in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Venterinary Students

Students with the goal of medical school, dental school, or veterinary school should refer to Pre-Health Professions

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