Chemistry - BA

The Bachelor of Arts program, through the availability of a generous number of electives, gives the student a firm and broadly based foundation in chemistry, with the option of pursuing other educational objectives involving specialization in at least one other field in depth. This objective is accomplished by means of the BA program flexibility and by the inclusion of a minor area of study in another discipline or completion of a track as outlined above. Additional elective hours allow further diversification.

The BA degree offers somewhat more flexibility than the BS program, in terms of tailoring a program of study that combines chemistry with an interest in subject areas such as biochemistry, biology, business, computer science, education, forensics, medicine or physics. Although the BA program may in any specific case turn out to be a somewhat less technical curriculum, it meets the needs of many students who plan to use chemistry as a springboard to a career in chemical sales, marketing, law, technical writing, teaching at a pre-college level, science journalism, etc., to name only a few possibilities.

A BA degree in Chemistry coupled with a minor in Biology, or completion of a biological chemistry track, is excellent preparation for a variety of careers in the health-related disciplines. In particular, a BA degree in Chemistry is excellent and proven preparation for medical and dental schools, and affords the superior student the opportunity to maintain flexibility for a broad spectrum of medical or dental careers.

Although not required for the BA program, abundant research opportunities are available to students. The BA program also permits and encourages non-technical elective courses.

Plan of Study Grid
CourseTitleSemester Credit Hours
First Year
Fall
CHEM 100 Horizons in Chemistry 1
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIST 105 History of the United States 2 3
MATH 151
Engineering Mathematics I
or Analytic Geometry and Calculus
4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
4
HIST 106 History of the United States 2 3
MATH 152
Engineering Mathematics II
or Calculus
4
Select one of the following: 3 4
 
 
 
 
 
Course for Minor
 
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
CHEM 231 Techniques of Organic Chemistry 2
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Select one of the following: 3 4
 
 
 
 
 
Course for Minor
 
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 1 3
CHEM 234 Organic Synthesis and Analysis IV 4 3
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
 
 
 
Course for Minor
 
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 315 Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis 3
CHEM 318 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
CHEM 327 Physical Chemistry I 3
Select three of the following: 3 9
 
 
 
 
 
Course for Minor
 
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 325 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 328 Physical Chemistry II 3
Select four of the following: 3 12
 
 
 
 
 
Course for Minor
 
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
CHEM 326 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 481 Seminar 4 2
Select one of the following: 3
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory  
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry  
Analytical Chemistry  
Organic Chemistry III  
Chemical Biology  
Inorganic Chemistry  
Nuclear Chemistry  
Polymer Chemistry  
Materials Chemistry of Inorganic Materials  
Industrial Chemistry  
Green Chemistry  
Special Topics in...  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry II  
Modern Physics  
Select two of the following: 3 8
 
 
 
 
 
Course for Minor
 
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory  
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry  
Analytical Chemistry  
Organic Chemistry III  
Chemical Biology  
Inorganic Chemistry  
Nuclear Chemistry  
Polymer Chemistry  
Industrial Chemistry  
Materials Chemistry of Inorganic Materials  
Green Chemistry  
Special Topics in...  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry II  
Modern Physics  
Select three of the following: 3 9
 
 
 
 
 
Course for Minor
 
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120