Online Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Want to combine your passion for chemistry with your career goals? The BA in chemistry is beneficial to a variety of related career paths and degree programs. You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills useful for a wide range of career paths.
Next start date: 10/12/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is a BA in chemistry?
This Bachelor of Arts in chemistry degree online provides a foundation of knowledge for a variety of career paths such as forensics, environmental sciences, teaching and more. This liberal arts degree grounded in physical science complements a number of other interests and can be a good option for students who may be looking to earn an additional degree.
For example, chemistry can be combined with law for patent work, with economics for sales and marketing careers, and with computer science for careers in bioinformatics and computational chemistry.
Students looking to pursue a scientific research career should consider the BS in biochemistry instead. Those looking to pursue a career in health care should consider the BS in medicinal chemistry. For more information about pre-health education and ASU’s tailored pre-health advisor program, please visit our pre-health website.
Skills you’ll earn in your chemistry major
Both the lectures and lab courses equip you with skills that are beneficial for nearly any career path you choose. The program’s lecture courses encourage the development of problem solving and critical thinking skills that are useful for any career path. For example, analytical chemistry coursework will help students who are interested in toxicology and environmental science careers as they learn to analyze compounds using various techniques. Inorganic chemistry coursework, for instance, will help those who are looking to pursue careers in materials science as they learn about the structure and composition of various materials and the process in which to synthesize them.
Does my Bachelor of Arts in chemistry say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
BA chemistry courses
You’ll gain a breadth of chemistry knowledge by taking organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry courses. The highlights of the program are the in-person organic chemistry and biochemistry labs. These on-campus labs provide essential hands-on skills which will set you apart from graduates of other online chemistry programs.
Note: While many labs are available online, you must attend in-person lab courses for organic chemistry and biochemistry. These two-week labs take place in the summer.
CHM 341: Elementary Physical Chemistry
CHM 343: Elementary Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 453: Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 113: General Chemistry I (SQ)
CHM 116: General Chemistry II (SQ)
CHM 233: General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 237: General Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHM 234: General Organic Chemistry II
What can you do with a chemistry major?
The Bachelor of Arts in chemistry prepares you for roles in environmental sciences, forensics, toxicology and more. It prepares you for careers that often require skills and knowledge related to analysis of substances at the molecular level. It is also a useful degree for those looking to teach K-12 education.
Requirements for your chemistry major
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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