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.

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Next start date: 01/10/2022


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.

The online and in-person labs equip students with valuable laboratory experience. You’ll gain technical laboratory skills in addition to developing your ability to work in teams in a lab setting. Lab courses also require students to write about and describe their experiments using scientific language and citations.

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.

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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.

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Earn a foundation in chemistry from renowned faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, the School of Molecular Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • 7 Regent's Professors and 2 President's Professors, the most of any academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 14 National Science Foundation / Department of Energy Career Awardees
  • 2 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship winners
  • 3 Air Force Young Investigator Awardees
  • 3 Endowed Chairs

Earn a foundation in chemistry from renowned faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, the School of Molecular Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • 7 Regent's Professors and 2 President's Professors, the most of any academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 14 National Science Foundation / Department of Energy Career Awardees
  • 2 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship winners
  • 3 Air Force Young Investigator Awardees
  • 3 Endowed Chairs

Requirements for your chemistry major

I am a future

You are considered a freshman 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).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

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currently enrolled students.

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million in research expenditures in 2018.

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interdisciplinary schools and departments.

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undergraduate degrees.

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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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