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Bachelor of Science

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Chemistry is often called the central science as it provides the connection between mathematics and the physical, life and applied sciences. Chemistry is the science of molecules and their transformations. Chemists study the composition, properties and reactivity of matter and synthesize and discover new molecules and materials. Since the transformation of matter is integral to the modern world, the study of chemistry can lead to a diverse variety of careers. These include research and development jobs in environmental, materials or forensics chemistry, energy production, biotechnology and medicinal chemistry, and the food, cosmetic and textile industries as well as employment in sales, management, law and consulting. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society, indicating a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that provides students the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry provides a strong science foundation for those interested in pursuing technical careers or health-related professions. Students completing either degree are prepared upon graduation to work as chemists in academic, industrial and governmental settings. In addition, these programs provide an excellent foundation for advanced studies in chemistry, biochemistry or related graduate programs as well as professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and osteopathy. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Science Education with a Chemistry option, which prepares students for careers in secondary school science education. Students completing this program meet the requirements for secondary science certification by the Arizona Department of Education. As chemistry is primarily an experimental science, research opportunities are also available in analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biochemistry. 

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://cos.arizona.edu/content/chemistry-and-biochemistry
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHEM 246A Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 247A Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
MATH 223 Calculus III or CHEM 380 3
PHYS 141 Physics I Introductory Mechanics 4
First Semester Second Language 4
4th Semester
CHEM 246B Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 247B Organic Chemistry II Lab 2
CHEM 395A 1
PHYS 241 Physics II Intro Elec + Magnetism 4
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
CHEM 325 Analytical Chemistry 2
CHEM 326 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
BIOC 462A Biochemistry I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
CHEM 401A Instrumental Analysis 3
CHEM 404A Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
CHEM 480A Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 400A Instrumental Analysis Lab 3
CHEM Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
CHEM 480B Physical Chemistry II or CHEM 481 3
CHEM 412 Inorganic Preparations Lab 3
CHEM 400B Physical Chemistry Lab 3
CHEM Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of molecules, materials, physics, natural sciences, and mathematics gained from a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides a strong and versatile career foundation. BS graduates in Chemistry might work in research and development, sales, education, management, or consulting in environmental, materials, or forensics chemistry; energy production; biotechnology and medicinal chemistry; or the food, cosmetic and textile industries. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society, indicating a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that provides students the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals. This major is also excellent preparation for medical, dental, or pharmacy school or graduate studies in chemistry or biochemistry. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Development
  • Production/processing
  • Analysis
  • Testing
  • Education
  • Forensics
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy production

Sample Employers

  • Research organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government agencies
  • Environmental/resource management agencies
  • Medical institutions and laboratories
  • Colleges and universities
  • Crime laboratories
  • Food and beverage producers
  • Textile industry
  • Manufacturers
  • Armed forces

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Analytical Chemist $35,000 - $90,000
Environmental Chemist $27,000 - $71,000
Food Technologist $34,770 - $59,630
Pharmaceutical Chemist $36,000 - $117,000
Forensic Drug Chemist $28,000 - $73,000
Quality Control Analyst $38,800 - $55,011
Laboratory Technician $25,210 - $37,970
Winery Chemist $35,000 - $60,000
Textile Research Scientist $30,000 - $90,000
Medical Technologist $39,580 - $57,580
Chemist, Military $33,170 - $113,460