Gateway Courses by Major/Minor


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Chemistry Major/Minor

The following first-year courses are for science majors requiring four semesters of chemistry and for chemistry majors, respectively.

CHEM 031 Introductory Chemistry (fall semester)

General chemistry for students who will be concentrating in physical or biological sciences. Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry and physics are recommended, but not required. Concurrent enrollment or completion of high school calculus.

CHEM 035 General Chemistry (fall semester)

General chemistry for students intending to major in chemistry or biochemistry or who have a strong high school preparation in the physical sciences. Prerequisites: one or more years of high school chemistry and physics. Concurrent enrollment in MATH 021 or completion of high school calculus.

MATH 021 Calculus 1

Introduction to calculus of functions of one variable including: limits, continuity, techniques and applications of differentiation and integration.  Credit not given for more than one course in the pair 019, 021.  Prerequisite: 010; 009 and 002; or strong background in secondary school algebra and trigonometry.

Some additional courses that aspiring majors should take:

CHEM 036 General Chemistry (spring semester)

The second semester chemistry course for majors.Prerequisite: CHEM 035.

MATH 022 Calculus II (both semesters)

Techniques and applications of integration, polar coordinates, Taylor polynomials, sequences and series, power series. Prerequisite: MATH 021.

Contact Information

Dwight Matthews, Chair
Department of Chemistry
Phone: (802) 656-2594
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