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Chemistry, B.A.

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Department Chairperson:

Marilena Hall
Office: Shields Science Center 340
Phone: 508-565-1182

The Bachelor of Arts 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, a science teacher at 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 Course is offered only in the Fall Semester.
6 Course is offered only 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 Marilena Hall, Chemistry Department Chair for more information.

Chemistry Honors Program

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

Contact Professor Marilena Hall, the Chemistry Department Chair for additional details and deadlines.

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