Chemistry BA, Biochemistry Emphasis

General Education Requirements

Students must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. Courses in chemistry may be used to meet the university’s science and mathematics area requirement. The college’s foreign language requirement fulfills the departmental requirements for B.A. candidates. B.S. degree candidates are not required to take a foreign language: however, the American Chemical Society (ACS) states that the study of a foreign language is recommended, especially for students planning to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Restrictions

Chemistry majors may not take required chemistry, mathematics, or physics courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Declaring the Chemistry Major

Students seeking to major in chemistry are first designated as ‘pre-chemistry majors’ until they have completed both CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1121 or equivalent courses. Upon successful completion of CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1121 with grades of C or better, students will be allowed to declare chemistry as their major. Each of these courses must be completed successfully within two attempts.

Related Area Requirements

Candidates must complete:

MATH 1100Basic Calculus3-5
or MATH 1800 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
PHYSICS 1011Basic Physics I3
PHYSICS 1011LBasic Physics I Laboratory1
PHYSICS 1012Basic Physics II3
PHYSICS 1012LBasic Physics II Laboratory1
Total Hours11-13

Course Requirements

CHEM 1000Chemistry: The Central Science1
CHEM 1111Introductory Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)5
CHEM 1121Introductory Chemistry II5
CHEM 2223Quantitative Analysis in Chemistry3
CHEM 2612Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2622Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2633Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 3022Introduction to Chemical Literature1
CHEM 3302Physical Chemistry for The Life Sciences3
CHEM 3412Basic Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 3643Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 4712Biochemistry3
CHEM 4722Advanced Biochemistry3
CHEM 4733Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 4897Seminar in Chemistry2
Total Hours41

 No more than 45 hours in chemistry may be applied toward the degree. Each chemistry major must present a seminar and pass a comprehensive examination during the senior year.

At least 12 credits of chemistry at the 3000 level or higher must be completed at UMSL.