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Undergraduate Program

BA Major Requirements

The BA program encourages a wide range of elective courses and is particularly suitable for students with interdisciplinary scientific interests in the health professions, biology, physics, geological sciences, engineering, or education. BA students may elect advanced courses in chemistry, including independent research, and can create a curriculum best suited to their individual interests.

While the required courses leading to a BA in chemistry may be scheduled with some flexibility, the following programs of study are suggested:

Students should speak with a chemistry advisor to tailor their programs specifically to their career goals. Particular electives that are not included in the chemistry curriculum may be required for some graduate programs.

BA Degree Requirements

Students are required to take at least 39 credit-hours in chemistry, and at least 59 credit-hours overall.

General Chemistry (4 credits)

  • CHM 131: Chemical Concepts I (or equivalent AP credit)

Organic Chemistry (9 credits)

  • CHM 171: Freshman Organic Chem. I or CHM 203: Organic Chem. I
  • CHM 172: Freshman Organic Chem. II or CHM 204: Organic Chem. II
  • CHM 173: Freshman Organic Chem. Lab II or CHM 207: O. Chem. Lab II (1 credit)

Theory (12 credits)

Three of the following theory courses:

  • CHM 132: Chemical Concepts II
  • CHM 211: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 251: Physical Chemistry I
  • CHM 252: Physical Chemistry II

Laboratory (6-8 credits)

Two of the following laboratory courses:

  • CHM 210: Honors Organic Chemistry Lab (2 credits)
  • CHM 231: Chemical Instrumentation
  • CHM 232: Molecular Spectroscopy
  • CHM 234: Advanced Laboratory Techniques
  • CHM 244W: ANSEL (Advanced Nuclear Science Education Laboratory)

Upper-Level Courses (8 credits)

Complete two additional 200-level (or higher) chemistry courses or other science courses approved by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. See approved courses.

No more than four credits may be from laboratory courses, and no credits can be from independent research.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

All chemistry majors are required to complete two upper-level writing courses ("W" courses). At least one of these courses must be a chemistry department course selected from the following:

  • CHM 210W: Organic Chemistry Lab Lecture
  • CHM 231W: Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
  • CHM 232W: Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory
  • CHM 234W: Advanced Laboratory Techniques
  • CHM 393W: Senior Research Project

Student may select another course from above or a writing course from another department to fulfill the second writing course requirement.

Mathematics Coursework (12-16 credits)

One of the following math sequences:

  • MTH 141, MTH 142, and MTH 143 (Calculus I, II, and III)
  • MTH 161 and MTH 162 (Calculus IA and IIA)

Plus one of the following:

  • MTH 165: Linear Algebra With Differential Equations
  • MTH 163: Ordinary Differential Equations I
  • CSC 161: Intro to Programming
  • CSC 171: Intro to Computer Science
  • STT 201: Introduction to Probability
  • STT 211: Applied Statistics for Social Sciences I
  • STT 212: Applied Statistics for The Biological And Physical Sciences I

Physics Coursework (8 credits)

One of the following course sequences:

  • PHY 113–114 Sequence (General Physics I & II)
  • PHY 121–122 Sequence (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism)
  • Honors Sequence of Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, PHY 141–142

Additional Suggestions

BA candidates considering employment in chemical professions or graduate work in chemistry should include the following courses in their curriculum: CHM 210, 211, 231, 232, 251, and 252.

Students who are interested in pursuing pre-med and allied health professions are advised to contact a health professions advisor at URhealthprofessions@rochester.edu.

Students who are interested in pursuing a double major or double degree, are advised to consult the College website, which outlines the course overlap rules and additional credit requirements.