Chemistry Major

Requirements for the Chemistry major are as follows:

Course Title Credits
First Year
CHEM 1321
CHEM 1311
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Recitation
CHEM 1331General Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 1322
CHEM 1312
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Recitation
CHEM 1332General Chemistry Lab II2
MATH 1206Calculus I 14
MATH 1207Calculus II4
BISC 1403
BISC 1413
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Lab I 2
BISC 1404
BISC 1414
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Lab II 2
Sophomore Year
CHEM 2521
CHEM 2511
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Recitation
CHEM 2531Organic Chemistry Lab I for Chem Majors2
or CHEM 2541 Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 2522
CHEM 2512
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Recitation
CHEM 2532Organic Chemistry Lab II for Chem Majors2
or CHEM 2542 Organic Chemistry Lab II
PHYS 1701
PHYS 1511
Physics I
and Physics I Lab
PHYS 1702
PHYS 1512
Physics II
and Physics II Lab
Junior Year
CHEM 3621
CHEM 3631
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 3622
CHEM 3632
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 3721Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3722Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 4030Chemistry Seminar 30
Senior Year
CHEM 4221Biochemistry I 43
CHEM 4422Inorganic Chemistry 43
Chemistry Elective 53 to 4
CHEM 4030Chemistry Seminar 30

MATH 12AB Transfer Calculus AB or MATH 12BC Transfer Calculus BC (transfer credit from AP Calculus) also fulfills the Calculus I requirement. Students pursuing the ACS Certified Degree and/or interested in graduate study are also strongly encouraged, but not required, to take MATH 2004 Multivariable Calculus I.


OPTIONAL: Students in Pre-Health or interested in the Biochemistry minor should take BISC 1403 Introductory Biology I and BISC 1404 Introductory Biology II, along with labs. Students not pursuing these tracks are not required to take these courses.


Four semesters of CHEM 4030 Chemistry Seminar are required, generally taken during each semester of the junior and senior years. Additional elective research courses may be taken throughout the four-year curriculum. Contact the Associate Chair for details.


ACS-Certified degree candidates should also take the corresponding laboratory courses CHEM 4231 Biochemistry Lab I and CHEM 4432 Inorganic Chemistry Lab


Courses with the subject code CHEM, numbered 4222-4989, may count as electives. A rotating selection of courses satisfying the chemistry elective requirement are offered, including CHEM 4222 Biochemistry IICHEM 4241 Biomimetic ChemistryCHEM 4340 Environmental ChemistryCHEM 4621 Bionanotechnology and Introduction to Nanomedicine, and CHEM 4625 Computational Chemistry. Students may take additional electives if their schedule permits.

General Advice

Majors meet with their academic adviser within the department to have their course schedules approved each semester.

For all CHEM foundation courses (i.e. General Chemistry through Organic Chemistry, including labs), a minimum grade of C- (in both lecture and lab) is required, both in order to enroll in the next course in the sequence, and for the course to apply towards the major.

Students are encouraged to pursue research projects with faculty members in the department for academic credit. These courses do not count toward major or minor requirements. Enrollment in research courses requires approval by the faculty supervisor. First-year students can enroll in CHEM 1990 Introduction to Research. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can enroll in CHEM 3990 Directed Research. Juniors and seniors pursuing independent research can enroll in CHEM 4990 Independent Research.

Students are required to consult with the department before registering for CHEM 4030 Chemistry Seminar. Detailed instructions can be found on the department’s website. 

It is recommended that all chemistry majors take CHEM 3141 Methods of Biochemical Research in the years that it is offered.

Students planning to pursue graduate study in physical chemistry or chemical engineering are encouraged to take additional coursework in computer programming and mathematics and should speak with their adviser.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Certification

As an ACS-approved program in chemistry, Fordham offers the option of an ACS-certified chemistry major. This is generally recommended for students interested in pursuing careers or further study in chemistry and requires additional laboratory experience. In addition to the coursework listed above, students must complete CHEM 4432 Inorganic Chemistry Lab and CHEM 4231 Biochemistry Lab I, Students in pursuing this option are also encouraged (but not required) to take additional mathematics coursework, such as MATH 2004 Multivariable Calculus I

Biochemistry Minor

Requirements for the biochemistry minor can be found in the academic bulletin. In addition to the courses listed above, chemistry majors interested in the biochemistry minor typically take:

Pre-Health Track

Students interested in pre-health should consult the recommended pre-health professions curriculum guidelines posted online.

In general, many chemistry majors who are pre-health take BISC 1403 Introductory Biology IBISC 1413 Introductory Biology Lab IBISC 1404 Introductory Biology II, and BISC 1414 Introductory Biology Lab II, in their first year. However, this coursework is not strictly required for the chemistry major. In addition, many students find taking the biochemistry sequence (CHEM 4221 Biochemistry I and CHEM 4222 Biochemistry II) to be useful preparation for taking such professional school examinations as the MCAT, DAT, and VCAT.

3-2 Engineering Track

Interested students should consult with the director of the 3-2 engineering program for information regarding major courses to be completed in their sophomore and junior years. In general, these programs often require taking coursework in the sophomore year, such as CISC 1600 Computer Science IMATH 2004 Multivariable Calculus I, and MATH 2005 Multivariable Calculus II. Your  3-2 engineering program adviser will be able to provide additional guidance.


The chemistry major is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in chemistry only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill campus.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.

CIP Code

40.0501 - Chemistry, General.

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