Degree Programs and Forms

Chemistry Major degree programs 

Four degree programs are offered: a B.A., a B.S., an intensive major leading to a B.S., and a combined B.S./M.S. The B.A. degree is intended for students who want solid training in the chemical sciences and who also intend to study other subjects in which chemical training would be an asset, such as technology policy, economics, the environment, or medicine. The B.S. degree is intended to prepare students for graduate study while permitting extensive exploration of other disciplines. The B.S. degree with an intensive major provides more focused preparation for a career in chemical research, and requires greater breadth in laboratory courses and electives. Students electing this major program also can satisfy the requirements for a certified degree in chemistry as set forth by the American Chemical Society. The combined B.S./M.S. is designed for students whose advanced preparation qualifies them for graduate-level work in their third and fourth years of college.
The major requires a group of prerequisites or their equivalent in advanced placement, a core of courses common to all four degree programs, advanced courses specific to each degree program, and a senior requirement. No chemistry courses taken Credit/D/Fail may be counted toward the major (including substitutions for advanced courses).

The Yale Chemistry Undergraduate Handbook provides more information about the different degree programs. The requirements for the different degree programs are summarized in the Chemistry Degree Roadmaps.

Prerequisites common to all Chemistry degree programs 

Two terms of general chemistry and laboratory, single-variable calculus at the level of MATH 115, and one term of introductory physics numbered 170 or higher, or the equivalents in advanced placement, are prerequisite to all four degree programs. Students also are encouraged to complete a course in multivariable calculus (MATH 120 or ENAS 151).

Course requirements common to all Chemistry degree programs 

All degrees require two terms of organic chemistry (CHEM 174 or 220, and CHEM 175221, or 230) with laboratory (CHEM 222L and 223L), one term of physical chemistry (CHEM 332 or 328), and one term of inorganic chemistry (CHEM 252).

B.A. degree 

*B.A./B.S./B.S. Int. Course of Study Form
In addition to the prerequisites and common degree requirements, the B.A. degree requires four additional course credits of advanced chemistry lecture or laboratory courses. At least one of the advanced courses must be a lecture course in the Chemistry department and at least one must be a Chemistry laboratory course. CHEM 333 may be counted toward the advanced-course requirement, although not as the sole lecture course.

B.S. degree 

*B.A./B.S./B.S. Int. Course of Study Form
In addition to the prerequisites and common degree requirements, the B.S. degree requires completion of a second term of physical chemistry (CHEM 333), one term of physical chemistry laboratory (CHEM 330L), and four additional course credits of advanced chemistry lecture or laboratory courses. At least one of the advanced courses must be a lecture course in the Chemistry department and at least one must be a Chemistry laboratory course.

B.S. degree, intensive major

*B.A./B.S./B.S. Int. Course of Study Form
In addition to the prerequisites and common degree requirements, the B.S. degree with an intensive major requires completion of a second term of introductory physics numbered 171 or higher, a second term of physical chemistry (CHEM 333), one term of physical chemistry laboratory (CHEM 330L), and five additional course credits of advanced chemistry lecture or laboratory courses. At least two of the advanced courses must be lecture course in the Chemistry department and at least one must be a Chemistry laboratory course.

Combined B.S./M.S. degree 

*B.S./M.S. Course of Study Form
Exceptionally well-prepared students may complete a course of study leading to the simultaneous award of the B.S. and M.S. degrees after eight terms of enrollment. Formal application for admission to this program must be made no later than the last day of classes in the fifth term of enrollment. To be considered for admission, by the end of their fifth term applicants must have achieved at least two-thirds A or A– grades in all of their course credits as well as in all of the course credits directly relating to the major, including prerequisites. Two terms of CHEM 490 must be taken in the fifth and sixth terms with grades of A or A– earned to continue in the program. The B.S./M.S. degree program requires completion of the intensive major requirements. The introductory physics requirement must be fulfilled with PHYS 200201 or 260261; a term course in physics numbered 400 or higher and approved by the director of undergraduate studies may be substituted for the introductory sequence. In addition, eight graduate courses in chemistry (four of which count toward the B.S.) are required. Four terms of research are required, including two terms of research taken in CHEM 990. Students in the program must earn grades of A in at least two of their graduate-level term courses (or in one yearlong course) and have at least a B average in other graduate-level courses. B.S./M.S. candidates also are expected to continue their independent research in a summer internship between their junior and senior years. 

*One Course of Study Form is used for B.A., B.S., and B.S. Intensive degree programs, and another form is used for the B.S./M.S. combined degree program. Upon decision to become a chemistry major, a completed Course of Study Form should be submitted to the Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for review by the DUS. Thereafter, at the beginning of each academic year and if any changes are made to your current Course of Study Form on file then an additional Course of Study Form should be submitted to the Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for review by the DUS.

Forms for Undergraduate Research

CHEM 480a or b, Introduction to Independent Research in Chemistry  

*CHEM 480 Registration Form

After consulting with the director of undergraduate studies no later than the last week of the preceding academic term and submitting a registration form signed by their faculty research mentor, students engage individual experimental and/or theoretical research problems in the laboratories of a selected faculty member in the Chemistry department. Individuals wishing to perform independent research must have demonstrated proficiency in the aspects of chemistry required for the planned project, as ascertained by the supervising faculty member, and must meet basic safety requirements prior to undertaking any activities, including certified completion of the online courses entitled Laboratory Chemical Training and Hazardous Chemical Waste Training administered by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). At least ten hours per week of research is required (including time spent on requisite safety training), with the faculty mentor affirming this level of student commitment by midterm. A brief report summarizing goals, methods, and accomplishments must be submitted at the end of the term. May be taken multiple times for Pass/Fail credit, subject to restrictions imposed by Yale College. Prerequisite: Basic safety requirements, including at least two online courses entitled Laboratory Chemical Training and Hazardous Chemical Waste Training as administered by the Yale Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Enrolled individuals must complete these courses successfully and receive formal certification from EHS prior to beginning laboratory activities. Additional safety courses or other training requirements might be imposed by the faculty mentor. 

CHEM 490a or b, Independent Research in Chemistry

*CHEM 490 Registration Form

After consulting with the director of undergraduate studies no later than the last week of the preceding academic term, Senior Chemistry Majors in B.S.-level degree programs engage individual experimental and/or theoretical research problems in the laboratories of a selected faculty member in Chemistry or in a closely related field of molecular science. Mandatory class meetings address issues of essential laboratory safety and ethics in science, with other class sessions focusing on core topics of broad interest to Chemistry including online literature searching, oral presentation skills, and effective scientific writing. At least ten hours of research required per week. May be taken multiple times for credit, subject to restrictions imposed by Yale College. For each term of enrollment, students must complete a CHEM 490 registration form, have it signed by their faculty research mentor and the course instructor, and submit it to the Chemistry DUS for final approval no later than the last week of classes in the immediately preceding academic term. Chem 490 is restricted to Senior Chemistry Majors pursuing B.S. or B.S.-Intensive degrees, however, in special cases and with DUS approval, juniors may take this course (e.g., individuals engaged in the B.S./M.S. Chemistry program). Prerequisite: Basic safety requirements, including at least two online courses entitled Laboratory Chemical Training and Hazardous Chemical Waste Training as administered by the Yale Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Enrolled individuals must complete these courses successfully and receive formal certification from EHS prior to beginning laboratory activities. Additional safety courses or other training requirements might be imposed by the faculty mentor. 

Undergraduate Students Performing Research (For research not for Yale College credit)

Undergraduate Research Form

Undergraduates may perform research as either a volunteer or as part of the work-study program in a Chemistry Department Laboratory with a faculty research mentor during the academic year or over summer. Students working in this capacity do not receive Yale College credit. Undergraduates are responsible for finding a faculty mentor, who will provide guidance and laboratory facilities. The director of undergraduate studies can provide assistance to facilitate this process. Individuals wishing to perform research as a volunteer or as part of the work-study program must have demonstrated proficiency in the aspects of chemistry required for planned activities, as ascertained and certified by the supervising faculty member. A student performing research as either a volunteer or as part of the work-study program will determine with their faculty mentor the time commitment required per week. Typically students work between 4 and 15 hours per week during the academic year. Over summer the time commitment is generally greater. A student who is performing research as either a volunteer or as part of the work-study program must complete the Undergraduate Research Registration Form, have it signed by their faculty research mentor, and submit it to the director of undergraduate studies for final approval no later than the end of the first week of classes in the academic term they wish to start research or prior to commencing research over the summer.

The basic safety requirements for all undergraduates performing research are the completion of two online courses entitled Laboratory Chemical Training and Hazardous Chemical Waste Training as administered by the Yale Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Individuals who intend to perform research must complete these courses successfully and receive formal certification from EHS prior to beginning laboratory activities. Additional safety courses or other training requirements might be imposed by the faculty mentor.

 

*Completed Registration Forms (CHEM 480 or CHEM 490) should be submitted with the signature of your project advisor to the Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for review by the DUS and course instructor no later than the last week of classes in the immediately preceding academic term.