College of Health and Science

Chemistry Major (BA Traditional)

Chemistry majors are prepared to pursue rewarding careers in industry, education, health professions, and government.  Students will gain an understanding of the structure of atoms and molecules, properties of materials, and the reactions that convert one molecule or material to another.  The chemistry major prepares students to think critically and quantitatively, reason scientifically, and to understand the experimental methods, techniques, and instrumentation used in chemistry.  Students have the opportunity to gain relevant research experience on campus and develop mentoring relationships with full-time faculty who are experienced in cutting-edge research.

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

Prerequisites (not counted in major credit total)
General Physics I (Calc Based) (4)
General Physics I (Trig Based) (4)
Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
Biology I: The Unity of Life (4)
General Chemistry I (4)
Required
MAT 135Calculus I4
CHE 116General Chemistry II4
CHE 221Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 222Organic Chemistry II4
CHE 326Analytical Chemistry I4
CHE 328Introduction to Biochemistry4
CHE 341Thermodynamics4
PHS 222General Physics II (Calc Based)4
or PHS 113 General Physics II (Trig Based)
Select one of the following:4
Research and Techniques (4)
Research in Science (Instructor approval required) (4)
Internship in Chemistry (4)
Electives
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Dietary Biochemistry (4)
Medicinal Chemistry (3)
Introduction to Polymer Chemistry (4)
Literature Review of Special Topics (2)
Chemistry Teaching Assistant (instructor consent required) (1)
Total Credits40