B.A. in Chemistry: Pre-Health/Interdisciplinary Sciences Option

B.A. in Chemistry: Pre-Health/ Interdisciplinary Sciences Option

Effective Fall 2022

The B.A. in Chemistry Pre-health/Interdisciplinary Sciences Option1 is designed for students who are interested in a degree in chemistry and who have multiple interests and professional goals beyond being a professional chemist. Students who plan to work professionally as a chemist should consider the standard B.A. or B.S. tracks. This track is designed for students who may want to pursue professional health2, technological, law, or other careers3.

Chemistry Requirements

  • CHEM 1401: General Chemistry I, 4 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 1402: General Chemistry Laboratory I, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 1511: General Chemistry for Majors II, 4 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 1513: General Chemistry Laboratory for Majors II, 1 Credit Hour
    • CHEM 1511/1513 is recommended, but students may elect to take the non-majors courses, CHEM 1411/1412.
  • CHEM 3101: Organic Chemistry I, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3102: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 3111: Organic Chemistry II, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3112: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II, 1 Credit Hour
    • Students may elect to take the sequence for chemistry majors, CHEM 3201/3203 and 3211/3213.
  • CHEM 4001: Analytical Chemistry, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4002: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 4211: Biochemistry, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4701: Biophysical Chemistry, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4911: Chemistry Capstone, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM Electives: Up to 6 hours may be CHEM 4904/4905, 6 Credit Hours
    • CHEM 4904 Research: Upper Division and CHEM 4905 Internship are open to qualified students by arrangement with a faculty member. Students electing these courses will plan a research project with the faculty member prior to registration, and must submit a written report for each semester summarizing their research project.

Auxiliary Requirements

  • BIOL 1350: General Biology II: Introduction to the Cell, 3 Credit Hours
  • MATH 1330: Calculus for Life Sciences, 4 Credit Hours
  • PES 1010/1150: Physics for Life Sciences I and Lab, 5 Credit Hours
  • PES 1020/2150: Physics for Life Sciences II and Lab, 5 Credit Hours

LAS & Compass Requirements

  • GPS 1010: Gateway Program Seminar, 3 Credit Hours
  • ENGL 1310: Rhetoric & Writing I, 3 Credit Hours
  • ENGL 1410: Rhetoric & Writing II, 3 Credit Hours
  • HUM 3990: Special Topics in Humanities, 3 Credit Hours
  • Other LAS and Compass Requirements, 18 Credit Hours
  • General Electives, 36 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours: 120

1 Differences between the Pre-health/Interdisciplinary B.A. degree and the B.A. degree. The Pre-health/Interdisciplinary degree requires fewer credit hours in chemistry overall, allowing students to select more elective courses in chemistry and other disciplines. In addition, the core chemistry requirements are different for organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. Note: If it is advantageous to a student’s career goals, electing to take two-semester sequence courses instead of one-semester courses, or higher level courses (bearing in mind the prerequisites for those courses) is acceptable. It is up to the student, along with faculty and advisors, to design a program that meets the interests and needs of each student. We encourage students to meet with faculty to discuss their career goals and long term plans in deciding on a degree path.

2 Pre-health students: Students can major in Chemistry or Biochemistry or in another discipline. There is no pre-health major per se, and a student’s major isn’t a critical factor in admission to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical, or other professional programs. Students choosing the Pre-health/Interdisciplinary B.A. in Chemistry major (or any other major) should take one year each of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, and a Biochemistry course, as well as advanced Biology or Health Sciences courses suited for their intended discipline. Calculus and General Physics are also required for the Pre-health/ Interdisciplinary B.A. in Chemistry degree. These courses should prepare students for the required exams (MCAT, DAT, etc.) for entrance into professional school, or other careers.

3 Potential career paths in chemistry: Agricultural Chemist, Air Pollution Specialist, Assayer, Brewmeister, Chemical Analyst, Laboratory Engineer, Chemical Information Specialist, Chemical Oceanographer, Chemical Safety Officer, Chemical Technician, Chemist, Clinical Chemist, Clinical Data Analyst, Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Technician, Consumer Advocate, Crime Lab Assistant, Dentist, DNA Analyst, Elementary School Teacher, Energy Engineer, Energy Policy Analyst, Energy Researcher, Entrepreneur, Environmental Chemist, Flavorist, Food and Drug Inspector, Food Chemist, Food Safety Auditor, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Forensic Chemist, Forensic Lab Analyst, High School Teacher, Industrial Chemist, Laboratory Manager, Materials Scientist, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Medical Writer, Methods Development Chemist, Military Officer, Nanotechnologist, New Food Product Developer, Nuclear Chemist, Patent Agent, Perfumer, Pest Control Technician, Petroleum Chemist, Pharmaceutical Chemist, Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Pulp and Paper Chemist, Quality Control Specialist, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Research Assistant, Sales Representative, Science Advisor, Science Writer, Technical Writer, Textile Chemist, Toxicologist, Chemistry Instructor, Wastewater Operator, Wastewater Treatment Engineer, Water Purification Chemist, Water Quality Analyst, Water Quality Control Manager.


B.A. in Chemistry: Pre-Health/Interdisciplinary Sciences Option, Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 1401: 4 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 1402: 1 Credit Hour
  • ENGL 1310: 3 Credit Hours
  • GPS 1010: 3 Credit Hours
  • MATH 1330: 4 Credit Hours
  • Total: 15 Credit Hours

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 1511: 4 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 1513: 1 Credit Hour
  • BIOL 1350: 3 Credit Hours
  • ENGL 1410: 3 Credit Hours
  • Area requirement: 3 Credit Hours
  • Total: 14 Credit Hours

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 3101: 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3102: 1 Credit Hour
  • PES 1010: 4 Credit Hours
  • PES 1150: 1 Credit Hour
  • Area requirements: 6 Credit Hours
  • Total: 15 Credit Hours

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 3111: 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3112: 1 Credit Hour
  • PES 1020: 4 Credit Hours
  • PES 2150: 1 Credit Hour
  • Area requirements: 6 Credit Hours
  • Total: 15 Credit Hours

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 4001: 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4002: 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 4211: 3 Credit Hours
  • Area requirements or electives: 9 Credit Hours
  • Total: 16 Credit Hours

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 4701: 3 Credit Hours
  • Area requirements or electives: 12 Credit Hours
  • Total: 15 Credit Hours

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 4911: 3 Credit Hours
  • Area requirements or electives: 12 Credit Hours
  • Total: 15 Credit Hours

Spring Semester

  • Area requirements or electives: 15 Credit Hours
  • Total: 15 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours: 120