Chemistry (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (CHM BA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Chemistry

Program Information

The BA degree in chemistry is designed for students who want a more general education than is possible in the BS curriculum, while at the same time receiving a substantial background in chemistry. For several related fields, this program offers a broad pre-professional education.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Early Start Program (Jointly with the College of Education and Human Development)

The Master of Arts in Teaching program in conjunction with the undergraduate programs in Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics offers a comprehensive and professionally-focused program leading to an additional degree of MAT Middle or Secondary Education. This early start program enables superior students to receive two degrees within five years. A total of 148 credits are required for the dual degrees: 121 credits of coursework devoted toward the baccalaureate degree and 36 credits toward the MAT, with nine hours double-counted. This program will be available for students who are entering their junior year. They may take graduate level courses in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) in their 4th year of study.

The current qualifications for the joint degree program have been agreed upon by discipline faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development. The criteria vary by discipline. Students enrolling in the accelerated program will be non-thesis students and must adhere to all policies pertaining to Graduate Students. All interested students must submit an application to the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) MAT program and meet the admission criteria.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the major in Chemistry requires completion of CHEM 202 (or equivalent course from another institution) with a grade of C or better.  The Application for Major form can be found on the A&S Advising Center web site:   http://louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
General Chemistry I - S
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Calculus I - QR
Fundamentals of Physics I - S

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Core

Department of Chemistry
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S 43
CHEM 202General Chemistry II - S 43
CHEM 207Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 41
CHEM 208Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL1
CHEM 209Introduction to Chemical Analysis III1
CHEM 210Introduction to Chemical Analysis IV 41
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 441Elements of Physical Chemistry3
or CHEM 465 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 470Physical Chemistry Laboratory - WR 52
CHEM 527Introduction to Separations and Spectroscopy - WR3
CHEM electives at 300+ level (includes CUE, see below) 6,711
Supporting Courses
MATH 205Calculus I - QR4
MATH 206Calculus II4
Complete one of the following sequences:8-10
Sequence 1:
Fundamentals of Physics I - S 4
Fundamentals of Physics II - S
Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL
Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL
Sequence 2:
Introductory Laboratories I - SL 4
Introductory Laboratories II - SL
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S 4
Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light
Minimum Electives 913
Minimum Total Hours68
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Undergraduate Research - CUE, WR
Undergraduate Research - CUE
Undergraduate Research - CUE
Practicum in Chemistry Education - CUE
Undergraduate Research - CUE
Undergraduate Research
Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I - CUE
Chemistry Electives
CHEM 425Instrumental and Statistical Analysis3
CHEM 430Practicum in Chemistry Education - CUE1
CHEM 445Survey of Biochemistry 83
CHEM 515Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 528Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis I - CUE3
CHEM 529Contemporary Methods of Synthesis and Analysis II3
CHEM 545Biochemistry I 83
CHEM 546Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 547Biochemistry II3
CHEM 557Bio-Organic Phenomena3
CHEM 390Undergraduate Research - CUE, WR3
CHEM 391Undergraduate Research - CUE1-3
CHEM 392Undergraduate Research - CUE1-3
CHEM 491Undergraduate Research - CUE1-3
CHEM 492Undergraduate Research1-3
CHEM 420Cooperative Internship in Chemistry - WR1-3

Includes some credit for courses in the major, or in supporting courses, that meet General Education requirements.

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
CHEM 210 Introduction to Chemical Analysis IV 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours14
Year 2
Fall
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics I - S 3
PHYS 223 Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL 1
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
Spring
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
PHYS 222 Fundamentals of Physics II - S 3
PHYS 224 Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL 1
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
CHEM 441
Elements of Physical Chemistry
or Physical Chemistry I
3
Chemistry Elective 2-3
Humanities or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Foreign Language 1 4
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
CHEM 470 Physical Chemistry Laboratory - WR 2
Chemistry Elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral US Diversity - SBD1 3
Foreign Language 2 4
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CHEM 527 Introduction to Separations and Spectroscopy - WR 3
Chemistry Elective 3
Foreign Language 3 4
Humanities or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
Chemistry Elective (CUE) 3
Humanities or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Hours14
 Minimum Total Hours121-122

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