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The student of chemistry examines, describes, and explores the composition, structure, and properties of substances and the changes they undergo. This curriculum provides a firm foundation in the principles of chemistry as well as sufficient experience to prepare the student for basic research, secondary school teaching, the pursuit of a career in medicine, or graduate study in the field.  The Keck Science chemistry major is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Major Requirements

Claremont McKenna College

Pitzer College

Scripps College

Keck Science Common Learning Outcomes

Students completing a major in the Keck Science Department should demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Use foundational principles to analyze problems in nature.
  2. Develop hypotheses and test them using quantitative techniques.
  3. Articulate applications of science in the modern world.
  4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts both verbally and in writing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates in Chemistry will:

  1. Be able to apply knowledge of chemistry, physics and math to solve chemical problems,
  2. Possess a breadth of knowledge in analytical, physical, organic, analytical, inorganic and biochemistry,
  3. Be able to identify, formulate and solve complex problems,
  4. Have a mastery of techniques and skills, used by chemists.