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Department of Chemistry
Degree Requirements


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BS Degree

 

The BS degree in chemistry offers in-depth coverage of all major areas of chemistry, featuring challenging advanced coursework for our majors.  Students who earn a BS in chemistry are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of employers in technology and science, and are well-prepared to enter graduate school in chemistry or professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school.  Our BS degree is certified by the American Chemical Society, the largest professional scientific organization in the world.

Handouts:
BS Chemistry
Flowchart
BS Chemistry Checksheet


BA Degree

The BA degree in chemistry provides excellent grounding in chemistry principles, including specially focused 3000-level coursework.  Students who earn a BA in chemistry have a broad education in chemistry, and are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of scientific companies, and are well-prepared to enter professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school.  With a BA in chemistry and two semesters of laboratory-based biology courses, pre-medical students will have satisfied the course requirements for application to most US medical schools.  This flexible 4-year plan leaves room for exploring other interests and is a popular major to pair with other science majors (see Double Major below).

Handouts:
BA Chemistry Flowchart
BA Chemistry Checklist

Double Major

You may be interested in adding a chemistry major to your primary major.  It is most common to add the BA Chemistry secondary major to, for example, the BS Biology primary major.  BS Biology majors need to take just three more chemistry lectures/labs (CHEM 2250/2251, 3450/3451, and 3850/3851), to earn the BA Chemistry major.  Four levels of foreign language are not required when students have a BS/BA double major and the BS degree is their primary major.  With careful planning, the three additional chemistry courses can be completed in a single academic year. For students working toward a BS degree in biochemistry, only CHEM 3450 and 3451 are required for the BS biochemistry/BA chemistry double major. 

Examples of Double Majors 

BS BIOLOGY + BA CHEMISTRY (flowchart example)
BS NUTRITION + BA CHEMISTRY (sample checklist)
BS MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (Forensic Science Concentration) + BA CHEMISTRY (sample checklist)
BS APPLIED PHYSICS + BS CHEMISTRY (sample checklist)