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Choose Your Chemistry Courses

The “chemistry core” is an active learning curriculum that teaches everything you need to launch a chemistry major on either the B.A. or B.S. track. These courses are also designed to cover the material required for pre-health careers and the MCAT.

  • Chem 150/150L: Structure and Properties (or AP/IB)
  • CHEM 202/202L: Principles of Reactivity
  • CHEM 203/203L: Advanced Reactivity
  • CHEM 204/204L: Macromolecules
  • CHEM 205/205L: Light and Matter
  • CHEM 300L: Analytical Tools and Techniques

Once you've completed your core courses, you can choose from a range of upper-level lecture and laboratory electives to explore your interests and academic goals. Examples of electives include Biochemistry, Quantum Mechanics, and Organometallic Chemistry. 

Explore the college course catalog to learn more.


ACS Certified

Emory offers an ACS certified degree to students on the B.S. track who take specific elective credit. See a chemistry advisor to make a plan for the ACS track.

Research B.S.

B.S. majors engaged in research may substitute 3 units of CHEM 495/499 in place of one advanced-level lab course.

Pre-Health Prep

Chemistry is great preparation for both majors and non-majors. Non-majors interested in pre-health careers should complete the chemistry core through CHEM 204/204L


"Z" Track

Students with AP/IB credit may elect to swap CHEM202z/203z for CHEM 202/203. This accelerated track is the preferred pathway for students entering with a strong chemistry background.

Capstone Chem

Students pursuing a B.S. degree will take a capstone course in their final semester. Although seats are limited, B.A. majors can request to take a capstone course to fulfill their upper level elective requirement.


As part of Chemistry Unbound, students can select advanced courses according to your interests! For example, see a chemistry advisor to make a plan for expanding your knowledge of biochemistry.
Study Abroad

Chemistry offers a study abroad experience in Siena, Italy each summer that includes an opportunity to earn credit towards the chemistry major. See the Study Abroad website for details.

Honors in Chemistry

Students who intend to earn an Honors degree in chemistry must complete one graduate-level chemistry course. Email both the instructor of the course and the undergraduate program coordinator, to request a permission number.

Learning Assistants

Students who excel in introductory chemistry courses have the opportunity to become peer learning assistants. Working alongside faculty reinforces concepts and prepares students to mentor in future careers.

Relevant Policies

Emory Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Course Grade Dispute Policy
Approved by Undergraduate Committee, 9.16.20

Typically grade disputes or re-grade requests are only appropriate and effective when students can demonstrate that an inappropriate grade was assigned as a result of conditions such as mechanical grading error, a math error (e.g., adding total points on an exam), assignment of a grade inconsistent with those assigned other students, or grading inconsistent with a predefined grading rubric.

First and foremost a student should meet with the faculty member who taught the course and should attempt to work out the dispute at that level. If and only if no satisfactory resolution can be achieved between the student and faculty should the following procedure be followed: The student then meets with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) who will try to resolve the situation between the student and faculty. In cases where the re-grade request concerns a course that the DUS is directly involved in teaching, the student should meet with the Department Chairperson.

If there is indication that the student does not feel the case has been resolved they will be asked to write a brief (1 page) summary of their grievance to be reviewed by the Undergraduate Committee in Chemistry (UCC). The UCC (with any involved faculty recused) will communicate with the faculty member and discuss the issue with them in hopes that the situation can be resolved at this point within the department, and will make the final decision.  

Participation in the College Honors program in Chemistry entails four responsibilities: 

  1. Maintaining a GPA 3.5 or above 
  2. Passing (for full credit, with a letter grade) at least one graduate course (500-level or above) in chemistry, in addition to your other major requirements 
  3. Performing research in chemistry and writing and publicly presenting a thesis during your senior year (enrollment in 499r and 495WR) 
  4. Attending a meeting with the College Honors coordinators 

If you are planning to join the Honors program, most likely you will have already selected a research mentor, a member of the Emory chemistry faculty who has agreed to supervise your thesis research. Your research mentor is the best source of advice on selecting graduate courses that will complement your research. You will also be inviting two additional faculty to serve on your honors thesis committee; this is usually done in the semester prior to when you will publicly present your thesis. 

It is possible in some cases to complete an honors thesis in chemistry under supervision of non-chemistry faculty. Students who wish to work with faculty outside of chemistry will be required to submit a petition to the DUS, Dr. James Kindt, for consideration by the Undergraduate Committee in Chemistry (UCC). Students who are approved to work with a thesis research mentor outside of chemistry must designate a “chemistry liaison” faculty member who will be part of your committee and will be available to advise you and your mentor about expectations for the honors program. (Note: Students working with associated faculty, as listed here, are exempt from the petition requirement.)   

The most common path for Honors students is to: 

  1. Sign up for the Honors program prior to the start of their 4th year 
  2. Enroll in 499R (permission number needed) to work on research and form their committee in the Fall 
  3. Enroll in 495WR (permission number needed) to finish their research and write and present their thesis in the Spring 

Honors enrollment information in a given year, including instructions on how to sign up, will be provided to students via email via the undergraduate list serv. All chemistry majors who have completed the formal major declarartion process will receive these emails. For additional questions, please contact your Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Emily Morran.