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Chemistry BA

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Begin your chemistry journey as you study the matter that makes up our universe.

The department requires 46 credits in chemistry, including the following courses:

  • Chem 115 and 117; Chem 116 and 118 (Principles of Chemistry I and II, and labs)
  • Chem 251 and 255; Chem 252 and 256 (Organic Chemistry I and II, and labs)
  • Chem 311 and 313; Chem 312 and 314 (Analytical and Physical Chemistry, and labs)
  • Chem 369 and 379 (Chemical Structure, and lab)
  • Chem 370 and 371 (Inorganic Chemistry, and lab)
  • Chemistry Capstone requirement (see below)

In addition, the Chemistry Department requires two semesters of Calculus (MATH 140, 141) which should be taken as early in the academic career as possible, as subsequent chemistry and physics courses have calculus as a pre- or co-requisite.

Two semesters of Calculus-Based Physics (PHYS 113, 114) and Physics Lab (PHYS 181, 182) are also required, and should be taken as early in the academic career as possible, as subsequent chemistry courses have physics as a pre-requisite.

Capstone Requirement: Students majoring in Chemistry must, during their senior year, register for CHEM 491/492 (Senior Thesis). This yearlong course will require the student to undertake a research project, either in the laboratory or literature-based research, culminating in the preparation of a research paper of significant length. The student will also present the work orally at the end of the year. Research topics must be approved by the faculty mentor before research begins. A grade of at least "C" in the capstone is required for graduation.

Please note: Students majoring in Biochemistry may not also major in Chemistry.

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Early action deadline: November 1; Regular Decision Deadline: June 15

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For detailed course descriptions, please visit the university catalog for Chemistry BA.

Required Chemistry Courses (46 Credits)

  • CHEM 115 - Chemical Principles I Lecture 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 116 - Chemical Principles II Lecture 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 117 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 118 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I Lecture 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II Lecture 3 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 255 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 256 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 311 - Analytical Chemistry 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 312 - Physical Chemistry 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 313 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 314 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 369 - Chemical Structure 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 370 - Inorganic Chemistry 4 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 371 - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2 Credit(s)
  • CHEM 379 - Chemical Structure Lab 2 Credit(s)

Additional Required Courses (20 Credits)

  • MATH 140 - Calculus I 4 Credit(s)
  • MATH 141 - Calculus II 4 Credit(s)
  • PHYSIC 113 - Fundamentals of Physics I 4 Credit(s)
  • PHYSIC 114 - Fundamentals of Physics II 4 Credit(s)
  • PHYSIC 181 - Physics Laboratory I 2 Credit(s)
  • PHYSIC 182 - Physics Laboratory II 2 Credit(s)

Capstone Requirement (4 Credits)

Students majoring in chemistry must, during their final year, register for CHEM 498 Senior Thesis I  and CHEM 499 Senior Thesis II.

The department also encourages its majors to take CHEM 481 Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry I and CHEM 482 Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry II in addition to the capstone courses.

Related Minors

Chemistry Minor

Complete 25 to 31 credits from ten courses including four required courses and six elective lecture and lab courses.

GPA: Minimum 2.0 in courses for the minor.
Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied to the minor and the course must be below the 300-level.
Residency: At least twelve credits taken for the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.

Graduation Criteria

Degree Requirements

If this is the student’s only or primary major, the degree requirements below must be completed for graduation. See graduation requirements for more information.

University Requirements  

College of Science and Mathematics Requirements for Bachelor of Arts  

Major Requirements

Complete 80 credits from 23 courses including 16 required chemistry courses, six mathematics and physics courses, and one capstone course.

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all major courses.
Pass/fail: No chemistry or biochemistry courses taken pass/fail may be applied to the major. No more than one mathematics or physics course taken pass/fail may be applied to the major.
Residency: A minimum of 16 credits of courses at the 300-level or higher must be completed at UMass Boston.

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