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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).

Major Program Requirements

Department Level Requirements must be completed in addition to University, general education, and College of Arts and Science requirements. Students must also meet the following major program requirements. All major requirements in the College of Arts and Science must be completed with grades of C- or higher unless otherwise indicated.

Students should consult with a chemistry advisor to schedule science and mathematics requirements in the appropriate order. Note that for a number of chemistry courses there is a prerequisite of a grade of C or better in a previous course. Please see the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies for assignment of an advisor.

Note that students pursuing a BS degree with a major in Chemistry may opt to satisfy the foreign language requirement through alternative course work consisting of no fewer than 12 credits numbered 2000 or above.

Major Core Requirements
CHEM 1400
CHEM 1401
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 1410
CHEM 1411
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2110Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I2
CHEM 2140Organic Laboratory II2
CHEM 2400Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry with Lab3
CHEM 3200Quantitative Methods of Analysis with Lab4
CHEM 3700WUndergraduate Seminar in Chemistry - Writing Intensive3
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
Total Credits38

Degree Requirements

CHEM 4310Physical Chemistry I3
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

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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
MATH 1500*5CHEM 1410
CHEM 1411
CHEM 1400
CHEM 1401
4MATH 17005
American History/Government*3ENGLSH 1000 or 1000H3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 15 15
Second Year
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
PHYSCS 12104CHEM 21302
General Education/Elective*3PHYSCS 12204
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 16 15
Third Year
CHEM 32004CHEM 21402
CHEM 24003CHEM 3700W3
Collateral Area Course3Collateral Area Course3
Second Language I4-5Second Language II4-5
 General Education/Elective*3
 14-15 15-16
Fourth Year
CHEM 43103Collateral Area Course3
Collateral Area Course3General Education/Elective*3
Second Language III3-4General Education/Elective*3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
General Education/Elective*3General Education/Elective*3
 15-16 15
Total Credits: 120-123

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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students 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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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