This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.

Major Requirements

The major program consists of the following requirements:

All of the Following

Integrated Laboratory

At least one from the following (usually taken in the junior year):


At least two course credits one of which must be a full-semester course from:

Full-Semester Courses
Half-Semester Courses

Independent Studies (, , and ) may not normally be substituted for one of the courses listed in the above requirements, but if it can be demonstrated that such a course provides sufficient breadth at the advanced level, the department will consider a petition for substitution.

Additional Requirements

Calculus Course Option

At least one course from the following:

Physics Sequence

One of the following sequences (usually taken by the sophomore year):

Seminar Series

Junior and senior majors are expected to attend a weekly seminar series at which students, faculty, and guests present topics from the current literature and their own research.

GPA Requirement

An overall GPA of at least 2.00 is required for the chemistry courses (and associated labs) chosen to meet major requirements.

Honors and High Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the  department page.

Chemistry Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalog page.