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Department of Chemistry
The Johns Hopkins University
138 Remsen Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Kenneth Karlin
Department Chair

Phone 410-516-7429
Fax 410-516-8420


Prospective Students/Current Students

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Program Description

Chemistry is an interdisciplinary subject with natural, robust ties to the other sciences and engineering that, in general, involves the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Advances in chemistry will be required to meet global challenges of clean air, safe water, healthy food, dependable medicine, advanced materials, eco-friendly products, and sustainable energy.

Our understanding of the fundamental nature of the world is grounded in chemistry. Molecular transformations are central to the production of food, medicines, fuel, and a countless array of materials. Chemists seek to understand the fundamental nature of matter and the changes it undergoes on a molecular or atomic level. While this goal was once limited almost exclusively to chemists, there is an increased effort toward molecular-level characterization in most areas of science and technology. Chemistry has therefore emerged as the “central science.”

The Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University has a long tradition of excellence that began with Ira Remsen, the discoverer of saccharin, dating back to the inception of the University in 1876. Today, Hopkins chemistry is made up of internationally recognized faculty involved in contemporary chemical science, including interdisciplinary areas that interface chemistry with the fields of biology, medicine, physics, materials, and environmental science. Chemistry faculty train students interested in pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in the classroom and in the laboratory.


Student Learning Outcomes

A student who completes the chemistry major program at JHU should achieve mastery of a broad range of skills that will allow him/her to gain a deep understanding of the basic principles and models of modern chemistry through coursework, the use of library resources, laboratory experience, and independent research.  In particular students will –

  • Understand and follow proper procedures and regulations for the safe handling and use of chemicals and chemical equipment.
  • Develop the ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team in a laboratory, research, or group problem-solving environment.
  • Become proficient in collecting and analyzing experimental data, including that obtained from modern spectroscopic techniques.
  • Become fluent in applying mathematics and computer methods to chemistry, particularly with respect to the construction of quantitative models.
  • Gain proficiency in oral and written communication skills, including the writing of scientific reports for coursework and research papers for publication following American Chemical Society guidelines.
  • Acquire an understanding of ethical and societal aspects of chemistry and responsible conduct in science.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Christopher Falzone
Office: New Chemistry 314
Phone: (410) 516-7467

Sample Curricula

Pre-Medical School Sample Curriculum
Pre-Graduate School Sample Curriculum


Undergraduate Chemistry Major Handbook

Core Courses

  • 030.101-102 Introductory Chemistry I & II
  • 030.105-106 Introductory Chemistry Lab I & II
  • 030.205-206 Introductory Organic Chemistry I & II 
  • 030.225 Organic Chemistry Lab
  • 030.228 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Lab
  • 030.301-302 Physical Chemistry I, II
  • 030.305-306 Physical Chemistry Instrumentation Lab I, II
  • 030.356 Advanced Inorganic Lab

Outside Courses

  • 171.101-102 General Physics or 171.103-104
  • 173.111-112 General Physics Lab
  • Differential and integral calculus, preferably 110.108-109 Calculus I & II

Advanced Elective Courses

  • Six credits of advanced chemistry beyond 030.305-306.
  • Nine additional credits composed of advanced chemistry, science electives at the 300-400 level approved by a Department of Chemistry adviser, and/or mathematics.

None of the advanced course requirements may be fulfilled with research. Although a student may take more than 12 credits of independent research, only 12 may count toward the 120 required credits.

Lecture and laboratory courses should be taken in sequence. In particular, 030.228 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Lab must be taken before 030.356 Advanced Inorganic Lab.

To allow maximum flexibility in choosing electives, students should complete both physics and intermediate chemistry by the end of the sophomore year. 030.449 Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds and 020.305 Biochemistry (offered by the Biology Department) is required for an American Chemical Society accredited degree and are recommended to be taken in the junior year.

Honors Program in Chemistry

To recognize exceptional performance, both in formal course work and in research, Chemistry majors can receive a degree with honors.  Honors in Chemistry may be achieved by one of two paths:

  • A student with a GPA of 3.75 or higher in (N) and (Q) courses.
  • A student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in (N) and (Q) courses with at least 2 semesters of research with a Chemistry faculty member or an approved advisor.

These students must write a summary of their research, approved by their advisor, and submit the Honor Clearance form and the GPA checksheet (see: to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.