BA in Chemistry with concentration in Biological Chemistry

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Chemistry with a Biological Chemistry option. 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 Written Communication/BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication/BA Writing II)13
MATH 115 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy)3MATH 116 (Major Pre-requisite)3
CHEM 170, 130, or 190 (BA Quantitative Reasoning, Major Requirement)25CHEM 175, 135, or 195 (Major Requirement)5
First Year Seminar or Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours83
CHEM 180 (Major Requirement)50.5 
 14.5 14
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
PHSX 114 (Major Pre-requisite; Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)4Goal 2.2 Oral Communication (COMS 130 or other approved course)3
CHEM 201 (Major Requirement)51PHSX 115 (Major Pre-requisite)4
CHEM 330 or 380 (Major Requirement)3CHEM 335 or 385 (Major Requirement)3
CHEM 331 (Major Requirement)2CHEM 336 (Major Requirement)2
 15 17
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language, unless req for mjr (BA Second Language)93
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Arts and Humanities3
CHEM 520 (Major Requirement)35Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
BIOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
 Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours83
 14 15
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3BIOL 638 (Major Requirement)54
CHEM 695 (Major Requirement)50.5CHEM 6355,62
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours83CHEM 636 (Goal 6 Integration and Creativity)5,63
CHEM 400 (Major Requirement)53Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours83
CHEM 401 (Major Requirement)52Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours83
BIOL 63654 
 15.5 15
Total Hours 120

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.


BIOL 150 or BIOL 151 is a pre-requisite for the elective courses needed to fulfill the Biological Chemistry concentration elective requirement.


Choose from a list of electives approved to count for the Biological Chemistry elective requirement. See the degree requirements tab for a list of courses.


CHEM 180, CHEM 201, CHEM 400, CHEM 401, CHEM 530, CHEM 695 are Fall only courses. CHEM 635 and CHEM 636 are Spring only courses. BIOL 636 is a fall only course. BIOL 638 is a spring only course.


A Goal 6 course is required to fulfill the KU Core. Students can elect to enroll in 3 hours of research or CHEM 636, Instrumental Methods of Analysis Lab to fulfill the Capstone, Goal 6 requirement. Goal 6 may also be satisfied by 3 hours of CHEM 698. Those students that elect CHEM 636 must also take CHEM 635 Instrumental Methods of Analysis as the co-requisite. 


Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement.


Hour requirements (incl. 45 jr/sr hrs) are typically met through KU core, degree, major, second area of study and/or elective hours.  Students completing the BGS with a major must choose a secondary area of study.  Individual degree mapping is done in partnership with your advisor.


For students completing the language requirement via the 3+1 language option, note that many first semester languages are 5 credit hours.

Please note:

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

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.