Sep 26, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.A.

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The Department of Chemistry offers the Bachelor of Science degree for students who intend to become professional chemists or do graduate work in chemistry or a closely related discipline. There are three options in the B.S. program: a traditional track covering all the major areas of chemistry, an option that emphasizes biochemistry and an option in materials chemistry. The Biochemistry and Traditional Options are certified by the American Chemical Society. A Bachelor of Arts degree program is offered as well for students who want greater flexibility in the selection of courses to perhaps pursue more diverse degree options, including dual and double majors. The Department also offers the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

122 hours (minimum)

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the Major Requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. Please also note that the Organic Chemistry Sequence (CHE 230 /CHE 231 /CHE 232 /CHE 233 ) will count towards completion of this requirement. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree .

UK Core Requirements

 . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 33

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

In order to meet the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR), students must successfully complete both BIO 425  to fulfill the oral communication requirement and one course from the list below to fulfill the written communication requirement. In order to receive GCCR credit a student must:

  1. Earn an average grade of C or better on all GCCR assignments;
  2. Have completed at least 30 credit hours of college-level coursework prior to registering for the course.

Oral Communication Requirement

Written Communication Requirement

Choose one course from the following 8 options:

Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 2-5

College Requirements

I. Foreign Language: 0-14

(placement exam recommended)

II. Disciplinary Requirements

a. Natural Science

(completed by Major Requirements)

b. Social Science: 6

c. Humanities: 6

III. Laboratory or Field Work

(completed by Premajor Requirement)

IV. Electives: 6

College Requirement hours: 18-32

Premajor Requirements

*Course used towards completion of a UK Core Requirement.

Premajor hours: 17-18

Major Requirements

Other Course Work Required for the Major

Chemistry Major Field Options

Choose 21 hours at the 300-500 level with a prefix of ANA, BCH, BIO, CHE, CME, CS, EES, MA, MI, MSE, PAT, PGY, PHA, PHR, PHY, PM, RM, or STA. Credit will not be given for both BCH 401G  and  CHE 550  or CHE 552 . At least 5 of these hours must be in CHE courses; at least 4 hours must be taken outside CHE. Up to 9 hours of CHE 395  are possible for students having a minimum GPA of 3.0 in CHE courses. Other courses may be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee. Students working towards teaching accreditation may count 6 hours taken at the 300+ level from the College of Education. A maximum of 9 hours in undergraduate research or reading courses may be counted; such courses require approval of the Undergraduate Program Committee if the courses do not carry the CHE prefix 21

From the Physics Department

*Course used towards completion of a UK Core Requirement.

Other Major hours: 31

Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 122

^Any language may be used to satisfy the College Foreign Language requirements - German is recommended.

Curriculum for B.A. in Chemistry

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

†Any foreign language sequence satisfying the College of Arts and Sciences requirement in foreign languages may be taken. German is recommended

First Semester

Second Semester

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Foreign Language III Credit(s): 3
  • Major Field Option Credit(s) :3
  • Major Field Option Credit(s): 3
  • A&S Humanities Credit(s): 3
  •   Credit(s): 3

Second Semester

  • Major Field Option Credit(s): 3
  • Major Field Option Credit(s): 3
  • A&S Social Science Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • 300+ Elective Credit(s): 3

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