BA in Chemistry

Degree Program Description

Chemistry is the study of matter and substances in order to understand, explain and predict how substances change. The BA degree is designed for those students who desire a more general education than that provided by the BS degree, but nonetheless are seeking a degree in chemistry. Most chemistry majors continue their education in graduate school or professional school.  Many of our graduates are now physicians or have teaching and research careers at universities and colleges. Other graduates are managers in industry and specialists in their fields.   This degree also may be appropriate for students in pre-professional programs (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-law).

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Major Program Requirements

Department Level Requirements must be completed in addition to all university requirements, including general education, and the degree requirements below.

CHEM 3300Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry3
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
or PHYSCS 2750 University Physics I
PHYSCS 1220College Physics II4
or PHYSCS 2760 University Physics II
Collateral Courses12
Additional course work at the 2000-level or higher outside of chemistry. For example: biological sciences, mathematics, biochemistry or business
Total Credits23

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 1320*4CHEM 1330*4
MATH 1500*5MATH 17005
American History/Government*3English Composition*3
General Education/Elective*3-5General Education/Elective*3-5
 15-17 15-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
CHEM 24003CHEM 21302
PHYSCS 12104CHEM 37003
General Education/Elective*3PHYSCS 12204
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 32004CHEM 21402
Collateral Area Course3Collateral Area Course3
Foreign Language5Foreign Language5
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 General Education/Elective*3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 33303Collateral Area Course3
Collateral Area Course3General Education/Elective*3
Foreign Language3General Education/Elective*3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 15 15
Total Credits: 122-126
*

Courses satisfy certain University general education requirements.

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Degree Audit

 

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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