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Chemistry Major (B.A.)

  • For students who don’t plan on graduate school
  • Preparation for careers in labs, business, marketing, law, etc.
  • Preparation for K-12 teaching, with additional credentialing

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Major code BA3311

Sample Curriculum

Faculty Contact: Dr. Lauren McMills, director of general chemistry

Program Overview

The B.A. degree program provides a sound science background along with emphasis on the humanities, social sciences and language. The program is for those students who do not plan on pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry, but who wish to pursue a career that will incorporate their background in chemistry, such as a laboratory setting, K-12 education (with additional credentialing), law, etc.

Due to changes in standards for teacher licensure in the State of Ohio, the current program in chemistry is subject to change. If you are interested in becoming licensed to teach chemistry at the secondary level, contact the Office of Student Services in the Patton College of Education.

Careers and Graduate School

Students with a B.A. in chemistry can go on to a wide range of higher education and career opportunities such as laboratory work, K-12 education (with additional credentialing), business, marketing, law, etc.

While students completing the requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry are eligible for professional status in the American Chemical Society, completion of a B.A. degree in chemistry does not qualify a student for certification.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change to Program Policy: Students wishing to change or add a chemistry major or minor at Ohio University should go to the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences located on the first floor of Wilson Hall (College Green).

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

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Chemistry Major-Departmental Requirements

Complete a total of 39 semester hours of CHEM coursework, including the following:

  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 2410 - Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis and Electrochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 2410L - Analytical Chemistry I Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 3050 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3060 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3080 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 3090 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credit Hours: 2.0
  • CHEM 3510 - Physical Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3760 - Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4310 - Analytical Chemistry II: Chromatography and Spectroscopy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4310L - Analytical Chemistry II Lab Credit Hours: 2.0
  • CHEM 4760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4760L - Advanced Inorganic Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHEM 4890 - Basic Biochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0

Extra-departmental Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 2302 - Calculus II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2001 - Introduction to Physics: 4.0
  • PHYS 2002 - Introduction to Physics: 4.0

Chemistry Materials Fee

All chemistry laboratory courses have a consumable materials fee. In addition, students must purchase a $20 breakage card from the Office of the Bursar, the unused portion of which will be refunded.

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