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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Degree Programs

Major in Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts Degree

NOTE: The information below applies to students entering DU in the fall of 2016 or later. Degree requirements prior to this date may be found here.

This degree can be described as a liberal arts degree in chemistry. It stresses breadth with fewer required chemistry courses than the Bachelor of Science degree. As such, this degree is excellent preparation for high school science teachers. It can also be a very useful degree for individuals who are considering careers in interdisciplinary fields, for example, environmental law, marketing new technologies, etc.

A minimum of 40 quarter hours of chemistry is required for the Bachelor of Arts degree. One minor, which can be in many different areas, is required. One year of calculus and one year of physics, preferably University Physics, are also required. The Common Curriculum Requirements must be fulfilled. Courses required for the major automatically fulfill the requirement for Scientific Inquiry - Natural and Physical World (SI-NS).

Required Chemistry Courses

  • General Chemistry I, II and Lab, 8 Credits
  • Chemistry of the Elements, 4 Credits
  • Organic Chemistry I, II, III and Lab, 12 Credits
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 4 Credits
  • Physical Chemistry I, 3 Credits
  • One upper division laboratory course fulfilled by Instrumental Analysis (4 credits) or Biochemistry lab (3 credits)
  • Chemistry electives, 5-6 credits*

*The student can choose from a variety of interesting upper division chemistry courses to complete the remaining 5-6 credits required for the B.A. degree. Courses available include Physical Chemistry II and III, Biochemistry, Biochemistry lab, and undergraduate research.