Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Chemistry

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemistry

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Chemistry, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of and proficiency with:
    1. the structure, bonding, spectroscopy, and reactivity of organic compounds and functional groups;
    2. curved-arrow formalism to describe reaction mechanisms, and
    3. the synthesis of organic compounds.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of and proficiency with:
    1. thermochemical principles, acid-base and redox reactions,
    2. structure of simple solids and construction of molecular orbital diagrams (group theory), and 
    3. survey of main group chemistry.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of:
    1. the principles of quantum mechanics and applications to atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy,
    2. classical and basic statistical thermodynamics and applications to equilibrium physico-chemical systems, and
    3. kinetics of gas phase processes and chemical reactions.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemistry

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Chemistry must complete:

  • A minimum of 21-23 courses (55 credit hours) depending on course selection to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
  • A minimum of 10 courses (27 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Chemstry55
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemistry 120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
General Chemistry 1
CHEM 151
CHEM 153
HONORS CHEMISTRY I
and HONORS CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
4
CHEM 152
CHEM 154
HONORS CHEMISTRY II
and HONORS CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
4
Chemistry Foundation Courses
BIOC 301BIOCHEMISTRY I 23
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY DISCUSSION
3
CHEM 330ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 360INORGANIC CHEMISTRY3
Select 2 from the following:6
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE BIOSCIENCES
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
Mathematics 3
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I3
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
MATH 212MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS 43
Physics
Select 1 from the following:4
MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
and MECHANICS DISCUSSION
HONORS MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
GENERAL PHYSICS (WITH LAB)
Select 1 from the following:4
ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
and ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM DISCUSSION
HONORS ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
GENERAL PHYSICS II (WITH LAB)
Advanced Laboratories
Select 3 from the following:6
ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL BIOSCIENCES
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
MATERIALS CHEMISTRY LAB
CHEMICAL MEASUREMENT LAB
Elective Requirements
Select 2 additional courses from the following: 56
BIOCHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
Any lecture course between CHEM 400 and CHEM 489
Any lecture course between CHEM 495 and CHEM 699
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Chemsitry55
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements5
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemistry 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Chemistry should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Chemistry website: https://chemistry.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemistry 

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

For additional information, please see the Chemistry website: https://chemistry.rice.edu/.