Choosing Classes

MicroscopeCongratulations on your interest in a chemistry major at Emory! The chemistry major is an excellent choice for students interested in myriad career paths including research careers in chemistry, pre-health careers such as internal medicine or dentistry, and a wide range of careers in industry. 

Freshman year is time to explore the range of courses Emory offers. You should immerse yourself in the liberal arts during your freshman year by fulfilling your Writing Requirements and GERs while taking your introductory science courses.

As a Chemistry major you will need to decide whether you want to receive a BA or a BS. Requirements for a BA and BS shift slightly depending on your entry point into the program. We have prepared documents that outline suggested plans depending on your entry point. As always, talk with your advisor about the course plan that is right for you.

Explore the different points of entry into the chemistry major below by choosing the situation that best represents your chemistry experience upon arrival at Emory:

 

If you have no AP credits in chemistry OR if you found your AP course extremely difficult, you should take the following classes your first semester:

  • CHEM 141/142 General Chemistry I and II
  • General Chemistry Assessment Test (GCAT)*
  • CHEM 141L/142L General Chemistry Labs

See the full BA course plan for this path.

See the full BS course plan for this path.

* This test is mandatory for those taking CHEM 141 and can be completed online before August 30 (one week after the start of classes). 

If you're using AP credit for Chem 141, you should take the following courses in the SPRING semester:

  • CHEM 142 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 142L General Chemistry II Laboratory

If you're taking this path, you may refer to the same general course plan listed for someone who begins with CHEM 141 in the Fall semester. 

See the full BA course plan for this path.

See the full BS course plan for this path.

If you received a high pass of 4 or 5 on your AP exam (or equivalent IB credit), you may begin your chemistry major with CHEM 221z Organic Structure I as a freshman and choose one of two lab options:

  • CHEM 221Z Organic Structure I
  • CHEM 221L (Organic Chemistry Lab) OR 226L (2 credit lab with more extensive background in synthetic technique)  

See the full BA course plan for this path.

See the full BS course plan for this path.