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)

Organic Chemistry (9 credits)

Theory (12 credits)

Three of the following theory courses:

Laboratory (6-8 credits)

Two of the following laboratory courses:

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:

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:

Plus one of the following:

Physics Coursework (8 credits)

One of the following course sequences:

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.