Undergraduate Studies > Chemistry Major > B.A. in Chemistry

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 B.A. in Chemistry is characterized by “400-track” courses in general chemistry (CHEM 1410, 1420), organic chemistry (CHEM 2410, 2420), and physical chemistry (CHEM 3410, 3420), along with their associated laboratories. An “800-track” chemistry course is an acceptable substitute for a corresponding “400-track” course and is recommended for students with a particularly strong background in chemistry, usually with advanced placement in chemistry.

This table shows the suggested sequence of required courses.  Candidates not following the normal course sequence should consult an adviser as early and as often as possible.  Approved electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an adviser; they must include courses that meet other College requirements (Foreign Language, Academic Writing, Humanities, etc.).

First Year – Credits: 30-37

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 14-17
  • CHEM 1410, 1411, 1420, 1421 – Introductory College Chemistry I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 8
    CHEM 1810, 1811, 1820, 1821 – Principles of Chemical Structure and Lab and Principles of Organic Chemistry
    and Lab – Credits: 12
  • MATH 1210, 1220 – Applied Calculus I and II – Credits: 6
    (MATH 1190 may be taken in place of MATH 1210)
    MATH 1310, 1320 – Calculus I and II – Credits: 8

Second Year – Credits: 31-34

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 9-12
  • CHEM 2410, 2411, 2420, 2421 – Organic Chemistry I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 12
    CHEM 2810, 2811, 2820 – Principles of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry and Lab and Principles of    Thermodynamics and Kinetics – Credits: 9
  • PHYS 1425, 2415, 1429, 2419 – General Physics I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 8
    (PHYS 2030, 2040 or 2630, 2640 may be taken as the laboratory)
    PHYS 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 – Principles of Physics I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 8

Third Year – Credits: 30-36

  •  General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 15-18
  • CHEM 3410, 3420 – Physical Chemistry-Quantum Theory and Physical Chemistry-Thermodynamics – Credits: 6
  • CHEM 3811, 3821 – Physical Chemistry I and II Laboratory – Credits: 6

In addition, CHEM 3721 – Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (or CHEM 2220 – Solutions Chemistry, which as of Fall 2015 is no longer offered), is highly recommended prior to enrollment in advanced laboratories.  It is best taken in the spring semester of the third year.

Fourth Year – Credits: 24-30

The fourth-year of the program is adaptable to individual student interests.  Students may choose elective courses from any 4000 or greater level course in physical, organic, inorganic, analytical, or biological chemistry.

  •  General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 21-27
  • CHEM ELECTIVE – Credits: 3
    The chemistry elective course required to complete the B. A. in Chemistry may be any three-credit-hour chemistry course numbered at the 4000 level or higher, excluding laboratory research courses.  It need not be specified at the time of declaring the major.  [e.g., Analytical Chemistry [CHEM 4090, (previously CHEM 5710)], Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 5110), Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 4320), Biological Chemistry (CHEM 4410), Advanced Physical Chemistry (5210 or 5220).

To view course descriptions, please click here.

To view a roadmap with links to the syllabus for each course, please click here.

If you wish to petition to substitute a required course with a different one, please fill out this form, take it (along with a copy of your unofficial transcript) to Cindy Knight (CHM 404).  She will present your request to the Undergraduate Advising Committee.  You will be emailed once a decision has been reached.

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