Undergraduate Studies > Chemistry Major > B.A./M.A. in Chemistry (“Three Plus One” Degree Option)

Students seeking this degree option will complete their bachelor’s degree in three years and then enter a one-year master’s degree program. This option is not for all students. Students are encouraged to plan their course of studies early and meet with an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Chemistry to create a plan to graduate in three years. Electives must include courses that meet General Area Requirements (Foreign Language, Humanities, etc.). In order for students to complete both the B.A. and M.A. in four years, all undergraduate requirements must be completed by the end of the third year. In some cases students may begin taking master’s level courses while completing their bachelor’s degree.Please be sure to talk to your advisor or Professor Brent Gunnoe, Director of Graduate Recruiting, if this is of interest to you.

Four Plus One Degree Option – Students that require four years to complete their bachelor’s degree in chemistry (B.A. or B.Sc.) still have the option with an endorsement from their advisor to be automatically enrolled into the graduate school M.A. program in chemistry. Please be sure to talk to your advisor or Professor Brent Gunnoe, Director of Graduate Recruiting, if this is of interest to you.

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
  • 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.  (Students cannot double count courses that are electives.)

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: 30

  • Any TEN of the following courses:
    • 5110 Organic Chemistry III: Structure, Reactivity, and Mechanism
    • 5120 Organic Chemistry IV: Survey of Synthetic Methods- Selectivity, Scope, and Limitations
    • 5180 Instrumental Theory and Techniques in Organic Chemistry
    • 5210 Advanced Physical Chemistry I: Quantum Mechanics
    • 5220 Advanced Physical Chemistry II: Statistical Mechanics
    • 5224 Reaction Kinetics and Dynamics
    • 5250 Molecular Spectroscopy
    • 5260 Introduction to Astrochemistry
    • 5310 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I: Reaction Mechanisms
    • 5320 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II: Organometallics and Synthesis
    • 5330 Structural Inorganic Chemistry: Characterization and Spectroscopy
    • 5340 Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications
    • 5380 Determination of Molecular Structure by Diffraction Methods
    • 5410 Advanced Biological Chemistry I: Molecular Assembly and Information Flow
    • 5420 Advanced Biological Chemistry II: Macromolecular Structure and Function
    • 5430 Nanoscale Imaging of Complex Systems in Chemistry and Biology
    • 5510 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (Drug Discovery)
    • 5570 Selected Topics – Analytical Chemistry (Luminescence)
    • 5720 Methods in Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • 5730 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    • 5731 Computer Interfacing and Applications to Chemistry
    • 5740 Analytical Chemistry: Separations
    • 5750 Analytical Chemistry Spectroscopy
    • 8999 Masters Research

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