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Traditional Chemistry

This program is designed as a preparation for professional work in chemistry, graduate work in pure or applied chemistry, or as a core for pre-professional training in the health sciences or secondary education.

Coupling this program with an appropriate minor allows students to enter related sciences such as biochemistry, oceanography, and the environmental or atmospheric sciences.


The chemistry core curriculum consists of coursework in general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry accompanied by a significant laboratory component plus study in either inorganic, biochemistry or instrumentation via limited electives. The remainder of the program consists of career supportive electives. The elective courses offered, and their sequence, depends on resources available and student demand.


The ideal high school preparation for a prospective chemistry major includes chemistry, physics and a minimum of three years of mathematics. To enter the chemistry program, students should test into Mth 111 or higher.


Degree requirements, class descriptions and availability

Your degree requirements are determined by the year that you entered WOU.

If you are an undeclared major you will need to work with Academic Advising and possibly the Chemistry Department to determine your course of study. If you have declared a major within the Chemistry Department, you will need to work with your assigned faculty advisor.



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