Sample Curriculum for BS in Chemistry

Freshmen Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 1301 - Inorganic Chemistry Lab I 2 CHM 1502 - Quant Anal Lab 2
CHM 1311 - Inorganic Chemistry I 3 CHM 1512 - Quantitative Analysis 3
MAT 1500 - Calculus I 4 MAT 1505 - Calculus II 4
Foreign Language (intermediate) 3 Foreign Language (intermediate) 3
ACS 1000 - Ancients  Humanities Seminar 3 ACS 1001 - Moderns  Humanities Seminar 3
A&S Core Requirement (optional) (3) A&S Core Requirement 3
Total Credits 15 (18) Total Credits 18

Sophomore Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 3201 - Organic Chemistry Lab I 2 CHM 3202 - Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
CHM 3211 - Organic Chemistry I 3 CHM 3212 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 3501 - Instrumental Analysis Lab 2 PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag 3
CHM 3511 - Instrumental Analysis 3 PHY 2413 - Lab: Elec & Magnetism 1
PHY 2410 - University Phy:Mechanics 3 A&S Core Requirements 6
PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics 1    
A&S Core Requirements 3    
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 15

Junior Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 3301 - Inorganic Chem Lab II 2
CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1
CHM 3311 - Inorganic Chem II 3 CHM 3404 - Phy Chem Lab for Majors II 2
CHM 3411 - Physical Chemistry I 3
CHM 3412 - Physical Chemistry II 3
CHM 3403 - Physical Chem Lab for Majors 2 CHM 4611 - Survey of Biochemistry 3
A&S Core Requirements 3 A&S Core Requirements 6
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 18

Senior Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1 Elective Chemistry Course with Lab*
Elective Chem Course with Lab* 5 A&S Core Requirements
A&S Core Requirements 9 Elective 3
Elective 3    
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 15-17

* In order to fulfill the requirements for an ACS certified degree, enough laboratory work must be performed to bring the total amount of time in the laboratory for the four years to 500 hours. The core chemistry courses yield 336 hours of laboratory work. Therefore students must take a semester of Undergraduate Research plus the Biochemistry Laboratory or the Organic Analysis Laboratory or they must take two semesters of Undergraduate Research.

Villanova Chemistry at a Glance:

Degrees Offered: B.S., M.S.
Full Time Faculty: 25
Undergraduate Majors: 85
Graduate Students: 25
Equipment: an array of modern instrumentation for conducting research and instructional facilities
Building: Mendel Science Center houses research and instructional facilities for 6 scientific departments, including 17 chemistry research labs

Directions to Mendel Science Center

Software and Databases

ChemWatch is an MSDS database.
access ChemWatch (from campus)

access ChemWatch advanced functions page (login required)

Contact Eric Welsh for more information.

ChemTracker is a chemical inventory database.  Click here to obtain a username and password.  Your Villanova account login information is required.
Contact Dr. Kurchan for more information.

The Department of Chemistry has a site license for ChemDoodle, available for both Windows and Mac.
NOTE: You need to use your Villanova email address to start the process of obtaining the software.

Spartan P-Chem
The Department of Chemistry has a 15- concurrent user license for Spartan P-Chem. Please note this software is only available for Windows.
NOTE: You must be connected to the campus network in order to run the software.

Did You Know

A certified degree in chemistry is a valuable personal credential that serves as national-level recognition for successfully completing a rigorous academic chemistry curriculum in an ACS-approved department.