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Chemistry, BA


Roosevelt University offers three chemistry-related degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry, and a BS in Biochemistry. The BA degree is for those students who wish to combine a strong scientific background with breadth of training, and/or for those who are considering taking a wider variety of courses or pursuing study or work in another area such as pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, government, business, environmental science or policy, education, or law.

Chemistry majors interested in teaching science in secondary school should meet with advisors in both chemistry and secondary education early in their program to plan an appropriate sequence of courses. Chemistry majors with strong academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the Roosevelt Scholars (honors) Program.


  • Chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and physics courses may not be taken pass/fail, and must be passed with a letter grade of C- or higher and a minimum cumulative math & science GPA of 2.0.
  • At least 27 semester hours of chemistry courses must be completed at Roosevelt University.
  • All chemistry and supporting math and physics courses must be taken within eight years of graduation to be accepted for credit without examination.
  • Undergraduate research with a faculty member is recommended for graduation. Three credits of research may substitute for an elective course in chemistry.
  • Entering students with a score of at least four on the AP chemistry exam will receive credit for CHEM 201, General Chemistry I.

Required chemistry core (35 sh)

  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 237 Quantitative Analysis .....5
  CHEM 321A Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics Lecture OR may substitute BCHM 320 Physical Chemistry for Bioscience .....3
  CHEM 322A Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics Lecture OR CHEM 323A Spectroscopy Lecture OR may substitute Chem 3xx lecture elective with advisor's consent. .....3
  CHEM 341 Inorganic Chemistry OR BCHM 344 Bioinorganic Chemistry .....3
  CHEM 393 Chemistry Seminar .....1

Required chemistry laboratory elective (Choose one option from the list below for 4-5 sh)

  CHEM 313 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory .....5
  CHEM 321B &CHEM 322B. Thermodynamics Laboratory (2 sh) AND Quantum Mechanics Laboratory (2 sh) .....4
  CHEM 321B +CHEM 3xx. Thermodynamics Laboratory (2 sh) AND one additional Chem 3xx lecture elective (3 sh) .....5
  CHEM 322B +CHEM 3xx. Quantum Mechanics Laboratory (2 sh) AND one additional Chem 3xx lecture elective (3 sh) .....5
  CHEM 337 Instrumental Analysis .....5
  CHEM 347 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory .....5

Required chemistry lecture or laboratory elective (3-5 sh)

  CHEM 3xx Upper level chemistry elective. May be lecture only or lecture plus laboratory. May be satisfied with BChem 355 or by 3 sh of CHEM 392 Research in Chemistry .....3-5

Required supporting sequence (20 sh)

  MATH 231 Calculus I .....5
  MATH 232 Calculus II .....5
  PHYS 201 Physics I - Mechanics & Heat .....4
  PHYS 202 Physics II – Electromagnetism .....4
  PHYS 233 Calculus-based Physics I discussion .....1
  PHYS 234 Calculus-based Physics II discussion .....1


  General education, university writing requirement, and electives to total: .....120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)