Chemistry - Bachelor of Arts

What causes chemicals to react with each other? How do chemicals react within human cells and other living systems? How can we design medications and other chemicals that benefit humankind but do not harm the environment? Chemists and biochemists seek the answers to these and other important questions.

Stated simply, chemistry is the study of matter — its structure, properties and the transformations it undergoes. Biochemistry is a subdiscipline that uses specialized methods and makes use of chemistry to learn about and explain biological systems.

Program Overview

In the B.A. program in chemistry, you will take required lecture and laboratory courses in chemistry, as well as a number of chemistry electives. This flexible program, which is less mathematically demanding than the B.S. programs, allows you to take a variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences to supplement your studies in chemistry. Such a broad-based foundation is beneficial if you plan to pursue a career in dentistry, medicine, patent law, pharmacy or veterinary medicine.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".