BA in Chemistry

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 Written Communication/BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication/BA Writing II)13
MATH 115 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy)3Goal 2.2 COMS 130 or other approved course3
CHEM 170, 130, or 190 (BA Quantitative Reasoning, Major Requirement)25MATH 116 (Major Pre-requisite)3
First Year Seminar or Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3CHEM 175, 135, or 195 (Major Requirement)5
CHEM 180 (Major Requirement)40.5 
 14.5 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)2Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours63
 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 Arts and Humanities3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours63
Goal 3 Social Science3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours63
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours63 
 17 15
CHEM 520 (Major Requirement)45CHEM 6353, 42
CHEM 695 (Major Requirement)40.5CHEM 6363, 43
CHEM 6982Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours63
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours63
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours63Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours63
 13.5 14
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.


3 hours of CHEM 698 or CHEM 699 can alternatively be used to satisfy the capstone (KU Core Goal 6) requirement.   Students who elect to take CHEM 636 must also take the co-requisite course CHEM 635 Instrumental Methods of Analysis.


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.


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.

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.