2016-2017 Pitzer Catalog 
    Oct 15, 2018  
2016-2017 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Major

The student of chemistry examines, describes and explores the composition, structure and properties of substances and the changes they undergo. This curriculum provides a firm foundation in the principles of chemistry as well as sufficient experience to prepare the student for basic research, secondary school teaching, the pursuit of a career in medicine, or graduate study in the field.

Requirements for the Major

Learning Outcomes of the Program in Chemistry

Students completing a major in Chemistry should demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Be able to apply knowledge of chemistry, physics and math to solve chemical problems.
  2. Possess a breadth of knowledge in analytical, physical, organic, analytical, inorganic and bio-chemistry.
  3. Be able to identify, formulate and solve complex problems.
  4. Have a mastery of techniques and skills used by chemists.

The major in Chemistry requires a minimum of 13-15 courses:

NOTES: MATH 031 PZ -Calculus II  is co-required of CHEM 121 KS  and MATH 032 PZ -Calculus III  is co-required for CHEM 122 KS . Additional electives in chemistry, mathematics, physics and computer science are strongly recommended for all chemistry majors.