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 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 115 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3MATH 116 (Major Pre-requisite)3
CHEM 170, 130, or 190 (BA Quantitative Reasoning, Major Requirement)23-5CHEM 175, 135, or 195 (Major Requirement)3-5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3BIOL 150 (Major Pre-requisite)4
CHEM 180 (Major Requirement)50.5 
 12.5-14.5 13-15
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
PHSX 114 (Major Pre-requisite)4Goal 2.2 COMS 130 or other approved course3
CHEM 201 (Major Course)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 (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Humanities3
CHEM 520 (Biological Physical Chemistry and Lab (Major Requirement))35Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
BIOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)43Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Electives 300+3
 17 15-17
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3BIOL 638 (Major Requirement)53
CHEM 695 (Major Requirement)50.5CHEM 6355,62
CHEM 400 (Major Requirement)53CHEM 636 or 698 (Major Requirement)5, 63
CHEM 401 (Major Requirement)52Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
BIOL 636 (Major Requirement)54Elective 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
 15.5 17
Total Hours: 122-128

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.


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.


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


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. 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.

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.

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.