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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry BA

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Want to make a big impact? Start by thinking small-at the molecular level, to be precise. As a chemistry student, you’ll get a whole new perspective on everything around us as you study the composition of matter, then use your knowledge to make our lives better. How? By developing pharmaceuticals that are more effective, making sure our water is safe to drink, developing new materials for longer-lasting products … the list goes on and on.

Visit the Chemistry academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Chemistry department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Chemistry BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Introductory Calculus and Physics Courses (17-18 credits)

Technical Electives (9 credits minimum)

  • Three courses at the 300/400 level
  • See AAR for list of course options


*Students may substitute the two lecture courses CHE 319  and CHE 320  for CHE 349 

Total Credits Required for Major: 59-62

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.

Students who follow the BA program cannot switch from the BA to the BS program until PHY 107  PHY 108  -PHY 158  and MTH 141 -MTH 142 -MTH 241  are completed, or with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 8 credit hours of UB Chemistry department courses to receive the BA degree.


Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

  • UB Seminar Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

  • Technical Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • Technical Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the traditional sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry) and application.
  • Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques.
  • Are able to design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results.
  • Know the proper procedures for safe handling and use of chemicals and can follow the proper procedures for chemical waste disposal.
  • Identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research.
  • Apply their chemistry training in inter-disciplinary problem solving with specialists in other areas of science and technology.
  • Communicate the results of their work to other chemists.


(HEGIS: 19.05 CHEMISTRY-GEN-NO BIOCHEM, CIP40.0501 Chemistry, General)


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