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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.A.

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Chemistry, B.A. Degree Map  

The B.A. in Chemistry degree plan is designed for students who intend to apply for admission to professional (pharmacy, medical, veterinary, dental) schools or to work as school teachers. This degree plan gives students a solid foundation in chemistry while also leaving an ample number of semester credits hours for various elective courses (such as those required for pharmacy or medical schools). BA Chemistry students will also take a one-semester seminar course which will enhance their oral and written communication skills.

Although a participation in faculty-directed research is not a requirement for BA Chemistry students, such research is always encouraged and is supported through a Chemistry Departmental Research Grant from the Welch Foundation and endowments from Zeon Chemicals and Petrotex. UHCL chemistry faculty members are active in various fields of chemistry (including biomedically and biologically relevant ones).

This degree plan does not meet the American Chemical Society (ACS) certification requirements and thus is not recommended for students who plan to work in chemical or pharmaceutical industry or to pursue graduate studies in natural sciences.


This degree requires 120 hours which includes 42 hours of University Core. However, some of the major requirements courses listed below also satisfy University Core. If other courses are taken to satisfy the University Core, the major requirements below are still necessary for graduation and substitutions are not accepted.

University Core Requirements (42 hours)

Communication (6 hours)

Mathematics (3 hours)

Additional Information

Three (3) hours of Calculus will count toward the University Core and one (1) hour will count toward the Major.

Life and Physical Sciences (6 hours)

Choose two from list.

Creative Arts (3 hours)

Choose one from list.

American History (6 hours)

Government/Political Science (6 hours)

Major Requirements (46 hours)

Additional Information

Students may take CHEM 4222  or CHEM 4235 .

Required Electives (19 hours)

Students must complete up to 19 hours of the following courses with grades of C- or better. These courses may be selected from the list below or other courses from the list above, or as approved by the CHEM Program Chair. To ensure a good fit with the student’s career goals, a consultation with Chemistry Program Chair is strongly suggested.

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