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 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Goal 2.2 COMS 130 or other approved course3
CHEM 170, 130, or 190 (BA Quantitative Reasoning, Major Requirement)23-5MATH 116 (Major Pre-requisite)3
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3CHEM 175, 135, or 195 (Major Requirement)3-5
CHEM 180 (Major Requirement)40.5 
 12.5-14.5 12-14
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
PHSX 114 (Major Pre-requisite)4PHSX 115 (Major Pre-requisite)4
CHEM 201 (Major Course)41CHEM 335 or 385 (Major Requirement)3
CHEM 330 or 380 (Major Requirement)3CHEM 336 (Major Requirement)2
CHEM 331 (Major Requirement)2Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 15 17
CHEM 400 (Major Requirement)434th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3
CHEM 401 (Major Requirement)42Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
Goal 3 Humanities3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Goal 3 Social Science3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3 
 17 15
CHEM 520 (Major Requirement)45CHEM 6353, 42
CHEM 695 (Major Requirement)40.5CHEM 636 or 6983, 43
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 14
Total Hours: 117-121

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.


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. 


CHEM 180, CHEM 201CHEM 400CHEM 401CHEM 520CHEM 695 are Fall only courses. CHEM 635, CHEM 636 are Spring only courses.


 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.