Chemistry B.A.

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General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page.  Students may not earn both a B.A. and a B.S. in Chemistry.

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in Chemistry

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone. Chemistry majors must take CHEM 401 and CHEM 403.
     
  • Writing and Communication Skills: Chemistry Bachelor of Arts students fulfill the Writing and Communication Skills requirement by completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), and two additional SpeakWrite Certified CoursesTMCHEM 401 or CHEM 403, and a 2nd course selected from ENGL 304 or  ENGL 305.
  • Calculation of GPA in the major: A grade of C- or better in all chemistry courses below 300-level is required. In addition, a grade of C- or better is required in the following courses: PHYS 101 and PHYS 102 (or PHYS 111 and PHYS 112); MATH 155 (or MATH 153 and MATH 154) and MATH 156; a 2.0 grade point average must be maintained in all Chemistry 300-level and above courses, excluding Chemistry 490-497 courses.
  • Course Requirement: Students in the B.A. program may use AGBI 410 to meet part of the seven-hour chemistry elective requirement; however, at least three hours must be selected from chemistry courses numbered 310 or higher.  Students in the B.A. program may take CHEM 346, CHEM 347, and CHEM 348 in lieu of  CHEM 341 and CHEM 342 and three hours of chemistry electives.  CHEM 349 may be taken as two hours of chemistry elective.
     
  • Benchmarks expectations: For details, go to the chemistry admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements 

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all CHEM courses
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS19
First Year Seminar
GEF: number of credits may vary based on overlap
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Foreign Languages
Fine Arts Requirement
Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Math Requirement8
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
or:
Calculus 1
and:
Calculus 2
Physics requirement8
Select one pair:
Introductory Physics
and Introductory Physics
General Physics
and General Physics
Core Chemistry Courses24
Select one of the following options
Fundamentals of Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
and Introductory Analytical Chemistry
OR:
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry
Take all courses:
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry: Brief Course
Experimental Physical Chemistry
Chemistry Electives: *7
Select from the following:
Instrumental Analysis
Environmental Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Methods of Structure Determination
Organic Syntheses
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory
Forensic Chemistry
Forensic Chemistry Lab
Teaching Practicum: Peer-Led Team Learning
Teaching Practicum-CLC
Teaching Practicum - TA
Senior Thesis
Research
Honors
Mass Spectrometry Principles and Practices
Organometallic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry 1
Advanced Organic Chemistry 2
Chemical Crystallography
Introductory Biochemistry
Capstone Experience2
Chemical Literature
Undergraduate Seminar
GENERAL ELECTIVES:40
Number of elective courses may vary depending on overlap.
Total Hours120

Footnotes

*

Only three hours of CHEM 490, CHEM 493, CHEM 496, or CHEM 497, separately or combined, may be counted toward the seven-hour elective requirement.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
Foreign Language 1013Foreign Language 1023
ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3CHEM 116 (GEF 8)*4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)*4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4General Elective1
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 43
Foreign Language 2033Foreign Language 2043
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
4
PHYS 101 (GEF 8)4PHYS 1024
General Elective1General Elective1
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 53ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
CHEM 215*4CHEM 341
CHEM 342
4
General Elective3Chemistry Elective 13
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective2General Elective2
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 401 (Capstone)1CHEM 403 (Capstone)1
Chemistry Elective 24General Elective3
General Elective 3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective4General Elective3
 General Elective2
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120
*

If a student qualifies to take CHEM 117 and CHEM 118, these courses can be used in lieu of CHEM 115, CHEM 116, and CHEM 215. The student will need to take an additional 2 credit hours of Electives to reach the required minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.