B.A. Chemistry Requirements

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours in chemistry to include:

  • General Chemistry 1303/1103, 1304/1104
  • Analytical Chemistry 2414/2014
  • Inorganic Chemistry 3320
  • Organic Chemistry 3321/3121, 3322/3122
  • Physical Chemistry 3331/3131, 3332/3132
  • Biochemistry 3335/3135
  • Chemical Literature 3151
  • Chemistry Seminar 4153.

Also: General Biology 1311/1111; General Physics 2311/2111, 2312/2112; Calculus 1404, 1411.

A grade of "C" or above in a prerequisite course is required for enrollment in an advanced course in chemistry. The chemistry and biochemistry majors are encouraged to take additional courses (e.g. Advanced Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, the second semester of Physical Chemistry for biochemistry majors) beyond the required courses specified above.

Comprehensive Examination

All chemistry and biochemistry majors must pass a general written comprehensive examination. The examination consists of questions in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry. All questions on the exam are based upon prior coursework. A study guide and sample questions are available from the department. Students can earn a pass with distinction, pass, low pass or failure. Students normally take the comprehensive exam at the beginning of the spring semester in their senior year.

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