Chemistry B.A.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements..

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Chemistry complete a set of courses representing the traditional chemical subdisciplines and have great flexibility in the focus of their upper level coursework. Students may elect a major that is certified by the American Chemical Society by completing CHEM 2605, CHEM 3320, CHEM 3325, BIOC 3005, and 3 credits of CHEM 3991, CHEM 2995, or CHEM 3995. The B.A. Chemistry major degree provides students a solid foundation in chemistry to pursue careers in a range of fields.

Major Requirements

At least 38 credits in major courses, plus 14-16 credits in ancillary courses, including:

FOUNDATIONS. At least 9 credits.
GENERAL CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following options:1-8
Option A (recommended):
Discovering Chemistry
Option B:
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following options:8
Option A (recommended):
Organic Chemistry for Majors 1
and Organic Chemistry for Majors 2
Option B:
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 2
ANCILLARY COURSES. At least 14 credits.
MATHEMATICS. Choose 1 of the following options:6-8
Option A:
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Option B:
Fundamentals of Calculus I
and Transitional Calculus
Option C:
Fundamentals of Calculus I
and Fundamentals of Calculus II
PHYSICS. Choose 1 of the following options:8
Option A:
Fundamentals of Physics I
and Fundamentals of Physics II
Option B:
Elementary Physics I
and Elementary Physics II
CORE COURSES. 17 credits.
CHEM 2020Communication Skills Seminar3
CHEM 2014Professional Development1
CHEM 2050Advanced Synthesis Techniques3
CHEM 2310Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 2600Intro Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 3400Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
6-12 additional credits from the folllowing:6-12
CHEM numbered 3000 to 3990
CHEM numbered 4000 to 4990
With department permission, CHEM numbered 6000 to 6990
Up to 6 additional credits from the following:0-6
Undergraduate Research
Additional courses, including graduate-level courses, may be accepted as electives with prior approval from the Chemistry Department. Graduate courses are often open to upper-level undergraduate students with instructor permission.


Students completing the B.A. in Chemistry may not also receive the B.S. in Biochemistry or the B.S. in Chemistry.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.