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Chemistry is often called "the central science" as it connects mathematics and physics with natural sciences such as biology and astronomy. Chemistry is the science of natural and synthetic molecules and materials. Chemists study the properties and reactivity of matter and create and discover new chemicals. 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 R & D 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 degree program 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 of study 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

Math Required:


    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.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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
CHEM 380 or MATH 223 3
PHYS 141 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 (Optional, but recommended) 1
PHYS 241 Physics II w/lab 4
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
CHEM 480A Physical Chemistry I 3
Chem Electives 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
CHEM 480B Physical Chemistry II or CHEM 481 3
Chem Electives 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
Chem Electives 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
Chem Electives 3
Tier II General Education 3
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

  • 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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