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Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

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Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Chemistry degree offers a broad base of chemistry, physical science, mathematics, humanities, and other fields that give a liberal arts perspective with chemistry. This degree prepares students for graduate studies in materials science, polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, drug design, natural products, alternative energies, and a variety of other fields. Many graduates pursue additional studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and others. Still other graduates obtain rewarding jobs in industry, including quality control, analytical chemistry, environmental testing, toxicology, food science, essential oils, diagnostic testing, adhesive development, forensic chemistry, and many other fields.

Students earning a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry can choose a Pre-Medical Science Track as part of their degree.

All Bachelor of Arts degrees require students to obtain a minor in some discipline. Students interested in medical school, pharmacy school, and other health-related professional programs can select Biological Sciences as their required minor and tailor it to their interests. A minor in Sustainability Studies is a good choice for someone interested in environmental science.


Academic Advising

College policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors at least once each year, and in some departments, prior to each semester’s enrollment. Advising holds are placed on all College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students prior to advance registration and are released following advising appointments. Students with a declared major are advised in their academic units. To determine who your advisor is and how to contact them, see One.IU.


Degree Requirements (120 cr.)
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Students receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • Math courses required for the B.A. in Chemistry fulfill the Fundamental Literacies Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and three of the required 33 credit hours of the General Education curriculum.
  • The laboratory science requirement is fulfilled by required chemistry courses.
  • Required Minor taken in any campus school or interdisiplinary program (15-18 cr.)
  • Major Requirements (50 cr.)
  • Free Electives (balance of credits needed to equal 120 credit requirement)

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300– or 400–level.
  • At least 30 credit hours must be taken in residence at IU South Bend, of which at least 12 credits must be in the major at the 300– or 400–level.
  • Courses required for the major and minor must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required.
  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

Major Requirements (50 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.)
  • MATH-M 215 Calculus I (5 cr.)

An additional 25 credit hours in chemistry above the 200–level, which must include:

  • CHEM-C 301 Chemistry Seminar 1 (1 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 310 Analytical Chemistry (4 cr.); OR
    CHEM-C 410 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation (4 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry Lectures 1
  • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry Lectures 2
  • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 361 Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter (4 cr.); OR
    CHEM-C 362 Physical Chemistry of Molecules (4 cr.)

Select one of the following Sequences

Sequence 1

  • PHYS-P 201 General Physics 1 (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 202 General Physics 2 (5 cr.)

Sequence 2 (recommended)

  • PHYS-P 221 Physics 1 (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 222 Physics 2 (5 cr.)

Optional Track
Pre-Medical Science Track
  • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL-L 311 Genetics
  • CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism

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