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Chemistry (B.A.)


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in chemistry is often selected by those preparing for the medical or paramedical professions. The B.A. stresses the biological aspects of chemistry. 

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is designed for students who plan to enter industry or to pursue graduate study in chemistry. The B.S. option places a greater emphasis on mathematics and its scientific applications.

Either degree is quite appropriate for students intending to teach in secondary school:

Upon graduating, students majoring in chemistry will have:

  • Developed a high level of problem solving ability, particularly with respect to laboratory problems
  • Prepared chemical solutions independently
  • Worked independently in lab
  • Observed and collected data
  • Possessed an extensive knowledge base in the areas of inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry
  • Demonstrated an ability to communicate scientific information in a written format in a coherent fashion
  • Demonstrated an ability to present scientific information to a public
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the organization of scientific literature and ability to collect and organize such information
  • Possessed a historical appreciation for some of the major developments in the field
  • Conducted independent research under the mentorship of a faculty member and/or worked as an assistant in the preparation and delivery of courses in the chemistry laboratory

Core Courses

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 111L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 112L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 235 - Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 301 - Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 337 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 337L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 338 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 338L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 339 - Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 442 - Biochemistry I
CHEM 442L - Biochemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 443 - Biochemistry II
CHEM 445 - Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 445L - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics
PHYS 121 - Basic Physics I
PHYS 122 - Basic Physics II

Additional Program Requirements

MATH 219 is recommended.

Students with a chemistry major must also take a total of three one-hour courses via the "Research Track" (CHEM 05 IS, 13 IS & 35 IS) or the "Academic Track" (CHEM 04 IS, 35 IS & 36 IS).

NOTE: All chemistry lab courses include a fee for supplies which is billed at the time of registration.