Major Requirements

A Major in Chemistry


The major consists of:

• CHEM 105/CHEM 105P and CHEM 205, or CHEM 120;

• CHEM 211 and CHEM 212;

• CHEM 330;

• three from among: CHEM 222 or 223, 335, 341, 361;

• one unit of research/independent study (CHEM 250, CHEM 350, CHEM 355, or CHEM 360) or completion of approved summer or off-campus research and required paper/presentation;

• one additional non-research/thesis chemistry course at the 300 level not including CHEM 320 or CHEM 331;

• MATH 215 (strongly recommended) or MATH 205; and PHYS 106 or PHYS 108.


Students planning to go to graduate school in chemistry should choose PHYS 108, MATH 215, and CHEM 335.   Students planning to study physical chemistry in graduate school should consider taking CHEM 335 in their junior year and PHYS 320 in their senior year.

The required mathematics and physics courses (PHYS 108, but not PHYS 106) may also be counted toward a major or a minor in those departments. Early completion of the mathematics and physics requirements is strongly encouraged.

Normally no more than three courses of chemistry taken at another institution may be counted towards the major.  Any student who plans to take chemistry beyond CHEM 205 or CHEM 120 should consult one or more members of the Chemistry Department faculty.

Students interested in the interdepartmental major in biological chemistry are referred to the section of the catalog where that major is described. They should also consult with Professor Don Elmore, Director of the Biological Chemistry Program. Students interested in an independent major in chemical physics should consult Professor Chris Arumainayagam.


Contact Us

Department of Chemistry
Science Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481


Adele Wolfson
Department Chair
Tel: 781.283.3106
Fax: 781.283.3642


Deborah Nickerson
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 781.283.3114
Fax: 781.283.3642


Karen Blake
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 781.283.3022
Fax: 781.283.3642



Seminar Schedule

February 9, 2015

“To Be Announced”  Eric Rubin, Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Gustavus Adolphus Pfeiffer Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School And Harvard School of Public Health


February 23, 2015

"Molecular Dynamics Study of Helicobacter pylori Urease"  Mona Minkara '09, graduate Research Assistant At Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida


March 2, 2015

"Mechanisms of Normal and Oncogenic Notch Signaling“  Stephen Blacklow, Chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard School of Medicine


April 6, 2015

"Metal-Metal Interactions in Heterobimetallic Complexes"  Christine Thomas, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Brandeis University


May 4, 2015

"Protein Glycosylation: Pathways and Processes"  Barbara Imperiali, Class of 1922 Professor of Biology and Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology