Chemistry is important, both as an area in liberal education and as a professional field. Fisk's Chemistry undergraduate program is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society (ACS)__a rare accomplishment for small institutions.  

The Chemistry Department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs ( See, School of Graduate Studies, Chemistry) . The department's undergraduate offerings are designed to be serve three types of students: those who intend to pursue chemistry as a profession or to do graduate work in chemistry; those who need training in chemistry as part of their preparation for professional fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, and secondary school teaching; and those who wish a knowledge of chemistry as part of a liberal education. Students intending to major in chemistry should consult with a member of the chemistry faculty regarding a program of study.

The Chemistry Department has the following goals and objectives:

1. To provide a challenging curriculum with effective methods for teachers to teach and students to learn chemistry.
2. To prepare students for graduate study, professional training or careers in industry, education and government through study and research.

Students who complete the chemistry major will be able to demonstrate:

1. Working knowledge of chemistry, including inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry, in chemistry topics and research concepts.

2. Knowledge of the integration of chemistry with other sciences and in everyday life. This objective will be accomplished through participation in interdisciplinary projects performed during and outside of class.
3. Practice and knowledge of technical and safety skills in the laboratory that will increase the awareness of chemistry in everyday life.

Departmental honors in Chemistry are awarded to exceptional graduating seniors. In addition to Fisk University's requirement for a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 in Chemistry courses, Chemistry majors must also have participated in Senior Research in CHEM 355 and/or 356 and must be examined on an Honors Thesis based on this research.

  1. Major

Requirements for the chemistry major, in addition to the University degree requirements, are:

Courses in chemistry--at least 39 credits (for the B.A. degree), or 42 to 45 (for the B.S.), including the following (with variations as authorized by the department):

Course NumberCourse Name
CHEM 113 & 103 General Chemistry I (and Lab)
CHEM 114 & 104General Chemistry II (and Lab)
CHEM 233 & 203Organic Chemistry I (and Lab)
CHEM 234 & 206 Organic Chemistry II and Organic/Analytical Chemistry Lab)
CHEM 341-342 Physical Chemistry I & II
NSCI 361 Biochemistry ( and Lab)
CHEM 470 Analytical Chemistry

The remaining hours in chemistry, sufficient to reach required total, should be chosen in consultation with the department. Qualified seniors should take the graduate Chemistry Colloquium, CHEM 501-502

Required cognates (17 cr.): 

Course NumberCourse Name
MATH 120 Calculus I
MATH 130 Calculus II
PHYS 130 & 130LUniversity Physics I (and Lab)
PHYS 140 & 140LUniversity Physics II (and Lab)

An additional 3-hour mathematics or computer science course approved by the Chemistry Discipline is required.

Mathematics Requirement
In lieu of CORE mathematics course  ), chemistry majors meet the mathematics requirement by means of the cognate coursework in mathematics described above

Other Recommendations
Chemistry majors are advised to include, among their general elective coursework, additional study in mathematics and computer science

Total hours required for graduation (B.A. and B.S.) :  121-123 cr