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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry is a less comprehensive degree than the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. It provides opportunities for preparation for careers in industry, governmental agencies, environmental studies, and preprofessional programs. It is not recommended for students planning to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or related fields. It does not meet the criteria for an American Chemical Society approved degree in chemistry.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All major and support work courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1214 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Math­ematics as well as a major requirement. The following two courses may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences as well as major requirements: PHY 1943 and PHY 1963.

Degree Requirements

  1. 34 semester credit hours of required courses in chemistry:

    CHE  1103  General Chemistry I (or CHE 1143 Principles of Chemistry I)
    CHE  1113  General Chemistry II (or CHE 1153 Principles of Chemistry II)
    CHE  1121  General Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHE  1131  General Chemistry II Laboratory
    CHE  2603  Organic Chemistry I
    CHE  2612  Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHE  3214  Analytical Chemistry
    CHE  3464  Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
    CHE  3643  Organic Chemistry II (or CHE 3673 Organic Chemistry II with Biological Applications)
    CHE  3652  Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
    CHE  3854  Basic Biophysical Chemistry
    CHE  4213  Instrumental Analysis
    CHE  4971  Proseminar

  2. 12 additional semester credit hours of approved upper-division chemistry electives; no more than 6 semester credit hours may be from CHE 4913 Independent Study, CHE 4923 Special Project in Chemistry or CHE 4993 Honors Research.

  3. 34 semester credit hours of support work in science and mathematics:

    1. 16 semester credit hours of required courses:

      MAT  1214  Calculus I
      MAT  1224  Calculus II
      PHY  1943, 1951  Physics for Scientists I and Laboratory
      PHY  1963, 1971  Physics for Scientists II and Laboratory

    2. 18 additional semester credit hours of approved upper-division electives from the College of Sciences; up to 6 semester credit hours may be from the College of Engineering (9 semester credit hours from the College of Education and Human Development for students seeking teacher certification) with approval of the advisor of the degree-granting program.
  4. 7 semester credit hours of electives

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Chemistry

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Chemistry degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Sciences Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.A. in Chemistry - Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
CHE 1103 or 1143 General Chemistry I 3
CHE 1121 General Chemistry I Laboratory (core) * 1
MAT 1214 Calculus I (core and major) 4
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Spring
CHE 1113 or 1153 General Chemistry II 3
CHE 1131 General Chemistry II Laboratory * 1
MAT 1224 Calculus II 4
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
CHE 2603 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 2612 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory * 2
CHE 3214 Analytical Chemistry 4
Free elective   3
American History core   3
Spring
CHE 3643 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 3652 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2
PHY 1943
& PHY 1951
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
Government-Political Science core   3
Language, Philosophy and Culture core   3
Summer
PHY 1963
& PHY 1971
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
Third Year
Fall
Government-Political Science core   3
Upper-division CHE elective   3
Upper-division COS elective   3
Upper-division COS elective   3
Upper-division COS elective   3
Spring
CHE 3464 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHE 3854 Basic Biophysical Chemistry 4
Component Area Option core   3
Free elective   4
Fourth Year
Fall
Upper-division CHE elective   3
Upper-division CHE elective   3
Upper-division COS elective   3
Upper-division COS elective   3
American History core   3
Spring
CHE 4213 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHE 4971 Proseminar 1
Upper-division CHE elective   3
Upper-division COS elective   3
Creative Arts core   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* These laboratory courses include a lecture component as indicated on the University Schedule of Classes.

Note: Some courses are only offered once a year; Fall or Spring. Check with the Department of Chemistry for scheduling of courses.

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