The Chemistry Major and Minor

The Chemistry Major

Because the physical sciences in general, and chemistry in particular, are the starting point for a broad variety of careers, the department offers two tracks to the chemistry major, sharing a common disciplinary core. Track A is a specialist track, designed as preparation for doctoral study and comparable to a traditional bachelor of science. Track B is a generalist track that encourages students to locate their subject-matter expertise in multiple contexts: within the sciences, within the current social matrix, and within the historical scope of human knowledge. Students wishing to teach chemistry in secondary schools within the State of Massachusetts must complete the requirements of Track B in order to qualify for licensure.

Tracks A and B are not mutually exclusive. Students following either are encouraged to consider incorporating some of the spirit of the other track into their educational program. See the Chemistry chapter of the course catalogue for detailed information about requirements for the major and for a recommended course selection schedule.

Normally, majors participate in two semesters of the department comprehensive seminar 
program, and seniors give an oral presentation at the annual Senior Symposium, but these two requirements may be waived for a student enrolled in Education 331, Student Teaching, during the second semester of her senior year.

The Chemistry Minor

The department also offers a minor in chemistry. Students must take at least four courses (16 credits), including at least one course at the 300 level. See the Chemistry chapter of the course catalogue for more information.

Dual-Degree Engineering Program

Mount Holyoke students can earn a degree in engineering in two different ways, either by earning a master's degree in engineering after graduation from Mount Holyoke or by earning a second bachelor's degree, through what is called a dual-degree program.