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The chemistry program of study in the Honors Tutorial College is designed to serve the varying needs of outstanding students who desire to work closely with dedicated faculty gain an in-depth exposure to state-of-the-art areas of chemistry and biochemistry. 


The curriculum is designed to be sufficiently flexible so that students are not only able to cover the basic material in all branches of chemistry, but are also able to spend a significant portion of their time engaged in research and advanced coursework in areas of particular interest. 


It is important for a student to discuss career goals and aspirations with the Director of Studies before starting the program and to outline, as completely as possible, the courses and timeline for their completion. In order to thrive in this program, the student is expected to actively pursue knowledge in the field of chemistry.


Program Overview

The HTC program in chemistry and biochemistry provides students with an opportunity to work directly with faculty each semester. Some faculty serve as tutors who choose problems and library assignments that present the material in greater depth than is available in lecture format. 


Tutors meet with students individually, or in small groups, for a 60-90 minute session each week and provide one-on-one instruction personalized to the student's needs and interests. Some faculty serve as mentors who guide HTC students through laboratory projects and teach the use of modern techniques and scientific equipment. They meet with students, as appropriate, in the laboratory setting. The available projects change with staffing. 


Students are encouraged to view our departmental web page for information about our faculty.



Students entering the Honors Tutorial College program in Chemistry and Biochemistry may start their course of study at different levels depending on their preparation. Some of the courses in General Chemistry may be waived, based on a placement examination, and it is possible to commence with Organic Chemistry in the first year. Conversations with the Director of Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry are most helpful in determining entry level and course of study. 


HTC students are encouraged to choose a curriculum appropriate for them through discussions with the Director of Studies and to design their own projects in cooperation with their mentors. There is great flexibility in this program. Some students may elect to take the course of study that leads to the BS degree that is accredited by the American Chemical Society. This is the universally recognized standard BS degree. 


Other students may wish to combine courses in chemistry and biology and graduate with a degree in Biochemistry, pre-medicine or Forensic chemistry. Students desiring a greater breadth of knowledge may combine chemistry with courses from a host of other programs including mathematics, physics or any of a diverse selection of liberal arts and humanities courses offered at Ohio University. 

The details of an individual student's course of study will be established through consultation with the Director of Studies, but there are consistent minimum requirements for all HTC students in Chemistry and Biochemistry: 

  • In the first two years: the equivalent of one year of General Chemistry, as well as courses in Organic, Quantitative Analysis, Calculus, Physics, and freshman composition.
  • Specialization begins in the third year, and the precise courses are customized, but may include: Analytical, Biochemistry, Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry courses, depending on the student's needs. 
  • Thesis research can begin as early as the second year once the project and the mentor have been chosen. Thesis research culminates in a written document conforming to the guidelines set by HTC, and it must be defended orally as a requirement for graduation. Public presentation by the student at local, regional and even national professional meetings are strongly encouraged.



Students applying to the program should have demonstrated high capability and interest in chemistry. In most cases, minimum credentials include placement in the top ten percent of the graduating class in high school, scores of 30 or above composite on the ACT or equivalent SAT, outstanding letters of recommendation, and demonstrated initiative in the sciences.


Additional Information

Dr. Lauren McMills 
Director of Studies 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Ohio University 
345 Clippinger 
Athens, OH 45701 
(740) 593-1754

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