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Chemistry, B.A.

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Department Chairperson:

Louis J. Liotta
Office: Shields Science Center 315
Phone: 508-565-1043

The Bachelor of Art degree is appropriate for a student who desires entry into a professional school, direct employment in industry or entry into a non-traditional field combining the knowledge of chemistry with another discipline. For example, combined with English, it makes possible a career as a technical writer or editor; with Environmental Studies, an environmental advocate; with Education, science teacher on both the primary and secondary levels; with Business, a technical manager, administrator or sales representative; and with Computer Science, a developer in “Bioinformatics”. The B.A. degree alone allows Chemistry majors to pursue admission into professional schools such as medical, or dental school as well as careers in forensic science, art conservation, food science, or nutrition.

The course of study normally pursued by B.A. Chemistry majors is:


1 Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement of the Cornerstone Program.
2 Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement of the Cornerstone Program.
3 Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement of the Cornerstone Program.
4 Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement of the Cornerstone Program.
5 Courses are offered in the Fall Semester.
6 Courses are offered in the Spring Semester.
7 Independent Research can be taken more than once but will only count once toward the major.
8 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Biochemistry II can both be taken but only one will count toward the major.
9 Required in each semester of the junior and senior years and satisfies the Capstone Experience requirement of the Cornerstone Program. Four credits are obtained in the second semester of the senior year.
10 Independent Research must be taken for three credits to count as a course towards the major.

American Chemical Society Certification

B.A. chemistry majors desiring an American Chemical Society certified degree must complete BCH 343 - Biochemistry I  and have at least 64 hours of additional, for credit, chemistry or biochemistry laboratory experience in addition to the specific requirements listed above.

Contact Professor Louis Liotta, Chemistry Department Chair for more information.

Chemistry Honors

The student who completes the honors requirements in Chemistry below is awarded a degree “with honors in Chemistry.”

Contact Professor Louis Liotta, the Chemistry Department Chair for additional details and deadlines.

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