Chemistry (BA)

Arts and Sciences
HEGIS Number: 1905

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

The Chemistry Program has career perspectives for students:

  • to prepare Chemistry majors for careers in chemistry or related areas such as medicine, dentistry or the health professions;
  • to provide students in other disciplines with the required chemistry courses for their programs; and
  • to provide non-science majors with an opportunity to acquire knowledge of our natural and technological environment as explained through chemical principles.

Chemistry Program Mission Statement

The Chemistry major provides students with a sound foundation in the theoretical and experimental principles of chemistry. The course of study includes the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and biochemistry. The major prepares students to analyze chemical problems, apply modern theories of chemistry and conduct experiments to solve real-world problems through critical thinking. The graduates can apply for advanced studies in graduate school, professional programs in medicine and dentistry, and careers in teaching, industry, and government that require a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

Chemistry Major Program Goals

  1. Students will learn modern concepts of chemical structures, properties, physical changes, chemical transformation, kinetics, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics.
  2. Students will solve chemical problems through critical reasoning and the scientific method.
  3. Students will safely conduct scientific experiments using modern research techniques and computational tools.

Chemistry BA


I. Required Courses*

CHEM108Principles of Chemistry I 3.5 
CHEM109Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1.5 
CHEM111Principles of Chemistry II 3.5 
CHEM112Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1.5 
CHEM231Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM232Techniques of Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM233Organic Chemistry II 
CHEM234Techniques of Organic Chemistry II 
CHEM310Inorganic Chemistry 
CHEM321Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 
CHEM322Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry 
CHEM341Instrumental Analysis I 
CHEM342Instrumental Analysis II 
MATH122Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 
MATH221Calculus III 
PHYS117University Physics I 
PHYS113Physics Laboratory I 
PHYS118University Physics II 
PHYS114Physics Laboratory II 

II. Three credits chosen from the following:

CHEM330Structure and Mechanism in Biochemistry 
CHEM339Heterocyclic Chemistry and Drug Chemistry 
CHEM450Advanced Topics in Chemistry 

* All Chemistry majors must take Mathematics 121 or 184 and Physics 151 to fulfill the General Education Requirements. Physics 101 may be substituted for Physics 151.

B.A. with Honors in Chemistry

Eligibility: A 300-level Chemistry course and a 3.0 average in all Chemistry courses. Approval by the Faculty of the Chemistry Department.

Requirements for Graduation with Honors:

1. Successful completion of 6 credits of 400-level courses in the Chemistry Department consisting of independent research under the supervision of a faculty member and successful presentation of a thesis to the faculty members of the Chemistry Department.

2. Certification by the Faculty of the Chemistry Department.

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