What are the prerequisites for the chemistry major?
There are a few different “flavors” of the chemistry major (see below), but each one requires Chemistry 5 and 6 (General Chemistry), Physics 13 and 14 (Introductory Physics), Math 3 (Calculus I), and Math 8 (Calculus 2). All of these are recommended to be completed by the end of your sophomore year to prepare you for Physical Chemistry.
- Plan A: 51/57, 64, 75, 76, 96, elective, elective, elective (this also has Math 13–or 11, or 12– as a prerequisite)
- Plan B: 51/57, 64, 75, 76, elective, elective, elective, elective
- Biophysical Chemistry: 51/57, 52/58, 41, 64, 75, 76, 67, elective
- Biological Chemistry: 51/57, 52/58, 64, 40, 41, 42, elective, elective
The Biological Chemistry major features a new physical chemistry course, Chem 40, which focuses on topics of relevance to fundamental biological processes, and also prepares students to take Chem 161.x as an elective. The Plan A major is for students interested in physical chemistry and allows room to focus in this area (by having the option to elect one or more sections of Chemistry 96). The Plan B major has the most flexibility of these majors. The Biophysical Chemistry major has the least flexibility for electives but still provides an overview of biological and biophysical chemistry, and is a great way to prepare for the 4+1 Master’s Program in Biophysical Chemistry if you are interested.
Electives besides those listed above include Chemistry 63 (Environmental Chemistry, offered in the summer), 90 (Organometallic Chemistry), 91 (Catalysis), 92 (Inorganic Biochemistry), 93 (Physical Organic Chemistry), 96.x (Special Topics in Physical Chemistry, the offerings change from year to year and term to term), 161.x (Topics in Advanced Biophysical Chemistry), and many others.
See http://www.dartmouth.edu/~reg/courses/desc2010/chem.html for more information.
How do I declare a Chemistry Major?
What extracurricular opportunities are there in chemistry? How can I best take advantage of the department’s offerings?
What is the difference between Chem 51/52 and the Chem 57/58?
Can I take Physical Chemistry before Organic Chemistry?
What mathematics background is necessary for the chemistry major?
How can I get involved in research in the department?
Start by reading faculty bios and research interests, skimming through abstracts/introductions of recent publications, and thinking about whether it would be something you would enjoy doing. Once you have a few people in mind, send them emails expressing your interest and set up an appointment to meet with and/or interview with each professor.
In addition to the programs offered by the Undergraduate Research Office, linked above, you can also be involved in Chemistry 87 and/or the Honors Program.
What is Chem 87? What are its rules/restrictions, and how does grading work?
Chem 87 provides a way to earn academic credit for undergraduate research. It’s often elected during the senior year, but juniors can elect it too (except, by chemistry department policy, not during a term that counts for Presidential Scholars). Students who elect Chem 87 as one of their 3 (or 4) Dartmouth courses should expect to spend at least 20 hours per week doing work related to their research. You can elect it up to 3 times for academic credit (only one of which counts for the 8 major courses), and when you defend your thesis or complete your last term of Chem 87, you will be awarded a grade for each Chem 87 term retroactively based on your work.
More information can be found here.
How can you become eligible for the Honors Program?
If you meet the GPA requirements for the Chemistry major and overall GPA and spend at least the cumulative effort of three terms of Chemistry 87 working on your research, you should be eligible. Contact the Undergraduate Advising Committee or the Chair of the Chemistry Department for more details.
The application for the Honors Program can be found here.