Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry

Students who earn the B.A. degree with a major in chemistry will be appropriately competent in the following areas:

  • Atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding
  • The language of chemistry: verbal, written, numerical, and graphical presentation of chemical concepts
  • Equilibria and stoichiometry
  • Periodic relationships
  • Thermochemistry
  • Chemistry laboratory skills, including data organization and analysis
  • Recognition, structure and reactivity of the major organic functional groups  
  • Thermodynamics
  • Chemical dynamics
  • Quantum mechanics and spectroscopy
  • Synthesis and characterization of organic compounds by physical and instrumental methods
  • Either advanced inorganic chemistry, advanced organic chemistry, or biochemistr
Students earn these competencies by pursuing the following courses required for the Bachelor of Arts curriculum in chemistry:

General Chemistry 1101, 1102

8 semester hours

Organic Chemistry 2201, 2202

8 semester hours

Analytical Chemistry 2251

4 semester hours

Physical Chemistry 3301, 3302

8 semester hours

Junior Seminar, Chemistry 3371

2 semester hours

Senior Seminar, Chemistry 4471

2 semester hours

Chemistry Electives

4 semester hours

Required supporting courses include the following:

Physics 1101, 1102 or 2121, 2122

8 semester hours

Math 1121 or 2221

3 or 4 semester hours

Total: 47-48 semester hours

The scheduling of the courses for the B.A. in chemistry can be flexible.  The following is a proposed sequence to fulfill the requirements for the major.

Fall

Spring

First Year

CHEM 1101 CHEM 1102
  MATH 2221  

Second Year

CHEM 2201 CHEM 2202
  PHYS 1101 or 2121 PHYS 1102 or 2122

Third Year

CHEM 3301 CHEM 3302
  CHEM 3371

Fourth Year

CHEM 2251 Chemistry Elective
  CHEM 4471

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Career Information:

Employment sectors with the greatest number of chemistry employees were: 

  1. Industry (including chemical and pharmaceutical companies)
  2. Academic institutions
  3. Government laboratories

Agriculture, manufacturing, real estate, educational services, retail trade and healthcare contributed another five million jobs to the U.S. economy through their dependence on chemistry products.