B.A. Degree in Chemistry {19-20}

B.A. Degree in Chemistry

The B.A. degree in Chemistry consists of a core of chemistry classes and a number of elective credits that can be tailored to the goals of the student through advising. This flexibility allows students to include the related field courses (physics, biology, earth science, mathematics, computer science) in their chemistry program that best fit their future career, graduate school or professional school needs. To receive the B.A. Degree in Chemistry, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of experimental and theoretical chemistry and/or biochemistry.
  • Demonstrate skills in analytical thinking, problem solving and application of scientific methods to experimental data.
  • Demonstrate skills in laboratory operations including techniques and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate ability to design and conduct chemical or biochemical research projects.
  • Effectively communicate chemistry or biochemistry in written and oral formats.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 27-28 credits )

CHEM 150 General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 150L General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
CHEM 210 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 210L General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
CHEM 294 Introduction to Research (1) *was CHEM 297
CHEM 350 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 355 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHEM 375 Team-based Chemistry Research (4)
CHEM 400 Biochemistry I (3)
CHEM 405 Biochemistry Laboratory I (1)

One Analytical Chemistry Class
CHEM 380 Analytical Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 480 Analytical Chemistry II (3)

One Physical Chemistry Class
CHEM 450 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics (3)
CHEM 460 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry & Kinetics (3)
BCBT 450 Molecular and Biophysical Chemistry (3)

*Students may replace either CHEM 150L (1) or CHEM 210L (1) with CHEM 275 (3).

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
CHEM 375 Team Based Chemistry Research (4)

Related Requirements ( 15+ credits )

15-16 total credits depending on 2nd math class chosen

Pick 1: PHYS 160 Physics I with Algebra & Lab (4) or PHYS 200 Physics I with Calculus & Lab (4)
Pick 1: PHYS 161 Physics II with Algebra & Lab (4) or PHYS 201 Physics II with Calculus & Lab (4)
MATH 261 Calculus I (4)
Pick 1: MATH 262 Calculus II (4) or BIOL 275 Biostatistics (4) or MATH 234 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

Restricted Electives ( 22 credits )

Students must take 2 additional classes (6 credits) from the list below:

CHEM 300 Inorganic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 360 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 410 Biochemistry II (3)
CHEM 420 Inorganic Chemistry II (3)
BCBT 463 Proteomics and Advanced Chromatography (3)

Students must choose sixteen (16) credits of electives from AST, MATH, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, GEOS or CSIS at the 300 level or higher in consultation with advisor.

Emphasis in Pre-Health and Biochemistry

Restricted Electives ( 20 credits )

In addition to completing the core and related requirements, students with this emphasis must also earn twenty (20) credits of electives and at least twelve (12) credits must be upper division (300 level or higher) from the list below:

BIOL 111/BIOL 111L Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 115/BIOL 115L Organismal Biology (4)
BIOL 323/BIOL 323L Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 349/BIOL 349L Human Physiology (4)
BIOL 341/BIOL 341L Genetics (4)
BIOL 350/BIOL 350L Microbiology (4)
BIOL 360/BIOL 360L Cellular and Molecular Physiology (4)
BIOL 365/BIOL 365L Developmental Biology (4)
BIOL 385/BIOL 385L Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 430 Immunobiology (3)
BIOL 430L Immunobiology Lab (1)
BIOL 494 Undergraduate Research in Biology (1-3) *was BIOL 497
BCBT 461 Biotechniques: Nucleic Acids and Bioinformatics (3)
BCBT 462 Cell Culture and Immunochemistry (3)
BCBT 463 Proteomics and Advanced Chromatography (3)
BCBT 464 Histology and Detection (3)
BCBT 394 Biochemistry and Biotechnology Research (1-3) *was BCBT 397
CHEM 360 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 365 Organic Chemistry II lab (1)
CHEM 394 Undergraduate Research (1-3) *was CHEM 397

Emphasis in Business

Program Requirements ( 28 credits )

In addition to completing the core requirements, students with this emphasis must complete the following requirements.

ACCT 230 Principles of Accounting I (3)
ACCT 231 Principles of Accounting II (3)
CHEM 400 Biochemistry I (3)
CHEM 405 Biochemistry Laboratory I (1)
CSIS 104 Spreadsheet and Database Applications (3)
ECON 202 Principles of Economics I: Micro (3)
ECON 204 Principles of Economics II: Macro (3)
FINC 340 Financial Management (3)
MGMT 260 Principles of Management (3)
MKTG 270 Principles of Marketing (3)

Related Requirements ( 6+ credits )

MATH 229 Topics in Calculus (3) or
MATH 261 Calculus I (4)
MATH 234 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

Restricted Electives ( 12 credits )

Students must earn three upper division (300 or higher) elective credits in Chemistry. They must also earn three upper division elective credits in Chemistry or Biosciences OR four credits in Physics 160 or 200.  Students must also earn six upper division elective credits from either Marketing, Finance, Management.