B.A. in Chemistry

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  • Course description

    Chemists may keep a low profile, but the fruits of their labor are all around us. In fact, so many aspects of our daily lives have been influenced by chemists, it's hard to know where to begin. Food. Medicine. Plastics. Computers. The science of chemistry has played a vital role in innovation and production for nearly every man-made material or object you see.

    Intrigued; why not consider a major in chemistry? Lewis University's Chemistry program prepares students with classroom knowledge and hands-on lab work.

    As a student, you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to investigate complex chemical concepts. You will study complex scientific issues, from the chemical basis of life, to the negative effects of chemical pollutants.

    A degree in chemistry provides excellent preparation for dental school, medical school, veterinary school, or graduate work in biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science or materials science.

    The Department of Chemistry offers two degrees. The Bachelor of Science program is more challenging; it's recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry. The Bachelor of Arts program is designed for students whose professional goals are science-related, but do not require additional graduate study.


    Total Credit Hours: 128
    Major Credit Hours: 39

    A grade of "C" or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence

    I. Core Courses (21)
    03-110 General Chemistry I (4)
    03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    03-115 General Chemistry II (4)
    03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    03-220 Organic Chemistry I (4)
    03-221 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
    03-225 Organic Chemistry II (4)
    03-226 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
    03-497 Seminar (1)

    II. Select at least six credit hours (two or three courses) from the 300- or 400-level chemistry courses. (6)

    III. Select four supporting courses in other sciences. These courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. (12)

    IV. The advanced writing requirement is fulfilled by successful completion of the upper-division laboratory courses.

    V. Biology majors who have declared a B.A. in Chemistry as a second major can substitute 02-496 Research Methods for 03-497 Seminar.

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