Undergraduate Studies > Chemistry Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (B.A.) is a flexible program designed to prepare the student for further study in a wide range of fields. With a minimum number of required courses, the chemistry B.A. permits the student to design an undergraduate program uniquely suited to individual needs.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.Sc.) is a pre-professional degree designed for students who plan to become chemists, either by going to graduate school or by working in the chemical industry. The B.Sc. program, certified by the American Chemical Society, emphasizes intensive study in the sciences.

The B.Sc. in Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry caters to students having a strong interest in biology and biological chemistry by incorporating biologically-related lecture and laboratory courses. Many students in this program plan to attend medical or dental school, but a significant fraction pursues graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, or related areas.

chemistry_graduates_4For the student who wants chemistry with a strong physics orientation, a B.Sc. in Chemistry with Specialization in Chemical Physics is offered.  For students with interest in materials sciences, we offer a B.Sc. in Chemistry with Specialization in Materials Science. For students with environmental interests we offer a B.Sc. in Chemistry with Specialization in Environmental Chemistry.

The B.Sc. in Chemistry with Specialization in Chemical Education is for students who intend to teach chemistry/science K-12; it is taken in conjunction with the Curry School’s five-year Master of Teaching program, to which the student must seek admission.  For more information on the on the Curry School program, contact Professor Frackson Mumba.

Be advised that if you are double majoring, which ever Declaration of Major form is submitted first, will be your first major.  Regardless of whether or not you mark the box at the top indicating otherwise.

Click here for a downloadable brochure of all the undergraduate degree programs we offer in the Chemistry Department.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/ugrad.html