The Chemistry Major

Professor: Anthony K. Grafton
Associate Professor: Irosha Nawarathne
Assistant Professors: Barry Gehm
Visiting Assistant Professor: Carl Hollandsworth

The chemistry major is designed to guide students toward understanding the principles underlying the composition, structure, and properties of substances—both natural and man-made—and the transformations they undergo. The program emphasizes helping students become knowledgeable observers and independent, imaginative problem-solvers, using state-of-the-art equipment in a laboratory setting.

Both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are available in chemistry. The B.S. is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue graduate studies within the chemical sciences or seek employment in chemistry related fields. Students planning to enter health-allied professional schools may choose either the B.S. or B.A. degree

MTH 230, CHM 224, and CHM 356 are recommended for those planning to pursue graduate education in chemistry or employment in the chemical industry.

MTH 220 Calculus II is recommended for students who want to pursue the B.A. degree.



* Students may take CHM 105, CHM 110, MTH 210 and PHY 240/241 to satisfy core requirements. 

* CHM 105 is not required for students who enter Lyon College with a score of 25 or better on the ACT mathematics section (or equivalent SAT score) and a grade of "C" or better in high school chemistry. 

Summary of Requirements for a Major in Chemistry Leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree

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