Students enroll in chemistry courses for many reasons: an interest in majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology; an interest in majoring in Biology or Neuroscience (which require Chemistry courses - see program requirements for details) or other science majors (which may recommend chemistry or for which chemistry is required for post-baccalaureate programs); to fulfill the pre-med requirements of medical schools, or to fulfill the Kenyon diversification requirement in the Natural Science Division.
For those students who anticipate studying chemistry beyond the introductory level, we encourage you to begin the study of chemistry in your first year. To take any advanced chemistry course (including organic chemistry), you must complete introductory chemistry lecture (CHEM 121 & 124 or CHEM 122) and lab (CHEM 123 & 126) sequence. This sequence fulfills requirements for chemistry & biochemistry majors (as well as some other majors) and the pre-med program.
Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 121) is designed for students who desire a thorough coverage of the chemistry fundamentals. Most, but not all, students have taken high-school chemistry. The course typically has larger enrollments than CHEM 122.
Chemical Principals (CHEM 122) is a one-semester, accelerated course on general chemistry, which progresses through a full year of topics. The course is organized in a workshop format, with opportunities for discussion, tutorial, and problem solving. This course is ideal for students who have taken a college-level (honors, AP, or IB) chemistry course previously.
Students planning to continue beyond one year of chemistry and students enrolled in CHEM 122 must also enroll in Introductory Chemistry Lab (CHEM 123).
For highly-motivated and well-prepared students, we recommend beginning with Organic Chemistry (CHEM 231,232/CHEM 233,234). Discuss this option with us.
If you are interested in a one-semester or one-year introduction to special topics in chemistry, we offer CHEM 108: Solar Energy, CHEM 109: Neurochemistry and CHEM 110: Environmental Chemistry. These courses do not serve as pre-requisites for higher-numbered courses in the department.
First-year students considering options 1 or 2 must take the Chemistry Readiness Test and Survey during Orientation Week. The department will notify your Faculty Adviser about which course is best for you.