Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the standard BA in Chemistry. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

This degree plan assumes students will have the equivalent of MATH 101 or MATH 104, prior to freshman year, fall semester.

ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 115, 121, or 125 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3-5Goal 2.2 COMS 130 or other approved course3
CHEM 170, 130, or 190 (BA Quantitative Reasoning, Major Requirement)25MATH 116, 122, or 126 (Major Pre-requisite)3-5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3CHEM 175, 135, or 195 (Major Requirement)5
CHEM 180 (Major Requirement)50.5 
 14.5-16.5 14-16
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
PHSX 114 (Major Pre-requisite), or4PHSX 115 (Major Pre-requisite), or4
CHEM 201 (Recommended Major Course)31CHEM 335 (Recommended Major Course)43
CHEM 310, 330, or 380 (Major Requirement)3CHEM 336 (Recommended Major Course)42
CHEM 331 (Major Requirement)2Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 15 17
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
CHEM 510 (Major Requirement), or 53CHEM 511 (Major Requirement), or 52
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 14
CHEM 620 (Major Requirement)53CHEM 680 (Recommended Major Course)41-5
CHEM 621 (Major Requirement)52CHEM 698 or 699 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity (Recommended))3
CHEM 695 (Major Requirement)50.5Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 14.5 16-20
Total Hours: 120-128

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 


CHEM 170 requires eligibility for MATH 115 in order to enroll.


CHEM 201 is required for students who elect to take CHEM 698: Undergraduate Research Problems, which is recommended, but not required for students pursuing the BA in Chemistry.


The BA in General Chemistry requires 3 additional credit hours of Chemistry elective coursework. It is recommended that this elective be fulfilled by CHEM 335: Organic Chemistry II and the accompanying lab, CHEM 336: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory, or 3 hours of CHEM 680: Topics in Chemistry. 


CHEM 180, CHEM 695, CHEM 510, CHEM 530, CHEM 620, CHEM 621 are Fall only courses. CHEM 511, CHEM 531 are Spring only courses.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.