NOTE: This FAQ is a work in progress. If you don’t see the question you want answered, please send an email to chem-uso@umd.edu. See also the Transfer FAQ for transfer-related information.

I took CHEM 131 and 132 (or its equivalent at another institution). What is next?

  • The correct course is Organic Chemistry I: CHEM 237 (lecture and lab are combined) for CHEM or BCHM majors; or 231/231 (lecture and lab are separate) for everyone else.

I need four chemistry laboratory courses for my major or pre-professional requirements. I took General Chemistry I and II. Do I have to take CHEM 271 and 272?

  • If your major requires four terms of chemistry with lab, you will probably have to take CHEM 272, but not 271. If your major does not require four terms of chemistry, but the professional school you want to apply to does need four semesters of chemistry with lab, you may be done once you have completed two terms of organic with lab. You should consult with your major or pre professional advisor.

I want to be a Chemistry or Biochemistry major. I have taken two terms of general chemistry and two terms of organic. What’s next?

  • You should enroll in the CHEM 277 lab to complete your introductory course requirements.

I want to be a CMNS major. I have taken two terms of general chemistry and two terms of organic. What’s next?

  • You should enroll in the CHEM 272 lab to complete your introductory course requirements.

I would like to take CHEM 272 (or 277) and a Biochemistry class at the same time.

  • CHEM 272 is a formal prerequisite for either BCHM 461 or BCHM 463. You should complete CHEM 272 first.

I took Advanced Placement Chemistry in High School. Can I get credit for chemistry courses?

  • Students who got a 4 on the AP Chemistry exam (or an equivalent score on the IB exam, British A-Levels, etc.) will receive credit for CHEM 131 and CHEM 132. Students with chemistry AP scores of 4 can enter organic chemistry directly unless they are CHEM or a  BCHM majors, in which case they have to take CHEM 177 their first term.
  • Students that got a 5 on the AP chemistry exam (or an equivalent score on the IB exam, British A-Levels, etc), will receive credit for CHEM 131, CHEM 132, and CHEM 271. Students with chemistry AP scores of 5 can enter organic chemistry directly unless they are a CHEM or a  BCHM major, in which case they have to take CHEM 177 their first term.  PLEASE NOTE: Students with chemistry AP scores of 5 do not receive CHEM 272 credit and generally have to take the CHEM 272 laboratory to complete their chemistry requirements; consult with your program advisor.
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