BA with a Major in Chemistry

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Chemistry degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Required Prerequisite and Collateral Courses16-18
Major Requirements36-40
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours62-68
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements. Students should consult the course lists below and their advisors to determine which courses are counted toward the General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements.

Required Prerequisite and Collateral Courses

Required Courses
MATH 180Calculus I a,b4
MATH 181Calculus II a4
Select one of the following sequences in physics:8-10
General Physics I (Mechanics) a,c
General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) a,c
OR
Introductory Physics I - Lecture a,d
Introductory Physics I - Laboratory a,d
Introductory Physics II - Lecture a,d
Introductory Physics II - Laboratory a,d
Total Hours16-18
a

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

b

MATH 180 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

c

PHYS 141 and PHYS 142 are recommended.

d

Each of the following pairs will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements: PHYS 105/PHYS 106 and PHYS 107/PHYS 108.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
Select one of the following sequences in general and analytical chemistry:10-14
General Chemistry I Lecture a
General Chemistry Laboratory I a,b
General Chemistry II Lecture a
General Chemistry Laboratory II a,b
Analytical Chemistry
OR
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I b,c
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II b,c
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry II4
Select one of the following sequences in physical chemistry:9
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry Laboratory c
Physical Chemistry II
OR
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I
Physical Chemistry Laboratory d
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists II
CHEM 314Inorganic Chemistry4
Advanced chemistry electives at the 200 level or above3
Total Hours36-40
a

General Education credit is given for successful completion of both CHEM 122 and CHEM 123 or CHEM 124 and CHEM 125.

b

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

c

CHEM 116 and CHEM 118 are recommended for chemistry majors.

d

CHEM 343 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
Select one of the following: 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I a  
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
 
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
Select one of the following: 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II b  
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
 
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
Select one of the following: 4-5
General Physics I (Mechanics)  
Introductory Physics I - Lecture
and Introductory Physics I - Laboratory
 
Foreign Language 4
 Hours14-15
Spring Semester
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II 4
Select one of the following: 4-5
General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)  
Introductory Physics II - Lecture
and Introductory Physics II - Laboratory
 
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry c 4
CHEM 314 Inorganic Chemistry 4
Foreign Language 4
Electives 4-8
 Hours16
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I  
Physical Chemistry I b  
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Electives 3
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry Laboratory d 3
Select one of the following: 3
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists II  
Physical Chemistry II a  
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Chemistry Elective 3
Electives 10
 Hours13
 Total Hours120
a

CHEM 116 and CHEM 346 are offered fall semester only.

b

CHEM 118 and CHEM 342 are offered spring semester only. CHEM 342 requires calculus-based physics (PHYS 141, PHYS 142) as a prerequisite and Calculus III (MATH 210) as a corequisite.

c

Students who take CHEM 116 and CHEM 118 to fulfill the general chemistry requirement do not need to take CHEM 222.

d

CHEM 343 satisfies the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.