Suggested Four-Year Major Plan (Academic Year 2016-2017)

The Suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses.  Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate.  Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

Suggested Four-Year Major Plan worksheet 

NOTE: This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2016-2017 academic year.

First Year

Fall Semester Credits
CH 111: General Chemistry I* 3
CH 111L: General Chemistry I Lab* 1
CH 011: General Chemistry, Calculation & Computation I*** 1 non degree-credit
BI 101: General Biology I* 3
BI 101L: General Biology I Lab: Zoology* 1
Core: MA 220 Calculus I* 4
Core: FS 189 Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1
Core: EN 111 College Writing* (or EN 320 by placement)** 3
Total: 16 (17)
Spring Semester Credits
CH 112: General Chemistry II 3
CH 112L: General Chemistry II Lab 1
CH 012: General Chemistry, Calculation & Computation II*** 1 non degree-credit
BI 102: General Biology II 3
BI 102L: General Biology II Lab 1
Core: MA 221 Calculus II 4
Core: Social Science 3
Total: 15 (16)

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits
CH 203: Organic Chemistry I 4
CH 203L: Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
PY 201: General Physics I 3
PY 201L: General Physics I Lab 1
Core: Modern Language – SP/FR/AS/IT 3
Core: PH 102: Introduction to Philosophy 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
CH 204: Organic Chemistry II 4
CH 204L: Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PY 202: General Physics II 3
PY 202L: General Physics II Lab 1
Core: Communication Skills (or DR 102, 103.104) 3
Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Total: 15

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits
CH 320 Physical Chemistry I 3
CH 306 Analytical Chemistry I 3
CH 306L Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
Core: HI 101 Roots of the West or HI 102 The Shaping of the West 3
Core: CS 115 – Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3
Core: TH 102 Intro. to Christian Theology 3
Total: 16
Spring Semester Credits
CH 321 Physical Chemistry II 3
CH 401 Biochemistry 3
Core: Literature EN xxx 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Core: PH 102 Intro. to Philosophy 3
Total: 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits
CH 413 Spectroscopy 3
CH 407 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CH 411S Seminar in Chemistry 1
Elective**** 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Total: 13
Spring Semester Credits
CH 412 Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Drugs 3
CH 420 Chemical Pharmacology 3
Elective**** 3
Elective**** 3
Core: Social Science 3
Total: 15

*Students may begin the science sequence only if they test into college level math.  Students who test into developmental math or MA 130 or MA 131 must wait to begin MA 220 until they complete the necessary pre-requisites. Pre-med, pre-dental, and other pre-health students are advised to consult with the pre-health advisor to ensure that they are completing the appropriate pre-med/pre-health requirements.

**A second writing intensive (WI) course is required.  Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester.  Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.

***CH 011 and CH 012 are required1-non degree credit courses that must be taken with CH 111 or CH 112 respectively.

****Remaining credits should be determined based on meeting the minimum graduation credits in consultation with the student’s Academic Advisor.

Total Credits Required (minimum): 120

Minimum Grade in Chemistry Major Courses: C

Minimum Grade in Supportive Sciences: D

Minimum GPA: 3.0