Chemistry (B.A.)

This curriculum allows students to major with a maximum of forty-six credits in chemistry while providing flexibility for exposure in other cognate fields. This degree is appropriate for students in science-oriented pre-professional programs such as medicine and dentistry, as well as for students entering secondary science teaching. For individuals interested in entering a graduate program in chemistry or pursuing a position in the chemical industry upon graduation, it is recommended that the additional requirements for professional certification by the American Chemical Society (see Requirements tab) be completed.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.Students planning to major in chemistry should consult with an advisor in the Chemistry Department not later than the beginning of their sophomore year.

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

Those who wish to follow the general curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the B.A. degree with a major in chemistry must complete the following courses:

CHM 1220General Chemistry I4
CHM 1230General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 1240Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 1250Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 2220Organic Chemistry II4
CHM 2230Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM 2280General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry3
CHM 2290General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 3020Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHM 5400Biological Physical Chemistry3-4
or CHM 5420 Physical Chemistry I
CHM 5550Physical Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 5600Survey of Biochemistry3
Select at least one of the following:3-4
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II
Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry II
Chemical Synthesis Laboratory
Materials Chemistry and Engineering
Advanced Bioinorganic Chemistry
Organic Spectroscopy
Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry and Drug Design
Computational Chemistry
Metabolism: Pathways and Regulation
Tools of Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology
PHY 2170University Physics for Scientists I4
PHY 2171University Physics Laboratory1
PHY 2180University Physics for Scientists II4
PHY 2181University Physics Laboratory II1
MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
MAT 2030Calculus III4
Total Credits56-58

A minimum grade of 'C' is required in prerequisite chemistry courses.

At least fifteen credits in chemistry must be earned at Wayne State University.

ACS Certification

B.A. candidates may receive certification by the American Chemical Society upon graduation by completing the following in addition to the Chemistry courses required for the B.A. degree:

MAT 2250Elementary Linear Algebra3-4
or MAT 2350 Elementary Differential Equations
or MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra
CHM 5420Physical Chemistry I3
CHM 5440Physical Chemistry II (rather than CHM 5400)4
CHM 5160Instrumental Analytical Chemistry3
Select two of the following:5-6
Chemical Synthesis Laboratory
Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Research in Chemistry
Total Credits18-20

To receive certification, students must submit an application along with a transcript to the Chemistry Department Curriculum Committee prior to the end of the final term.

Chemistry Honors (B.A. Program)

  1. All B.A. requirements in chemistry must be fulfilled.
  2. Minimum g.p.a.: 3.3 overall; 3.3 in chemistry courses.
  3. Minimum of four credits in independent research (CHM 5998). Research should commence in the junior year (or earlier).
  4. Completion of one semester of an Honors Program 4200-level seminar (consult the Schedule of Classes under ‘Honors Program’). This course may be used in partial  fulfillment of College Group Requirements and can be elected in either the junior or senior year.
  5. At least twelve credits in honors-designated course work.
  6. Submission of a B.A. thesis or of a manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed chemical journal (covering the undergraduate research project) to the Honors Subcommittee in Chemistry which will act to accept or reject the thesis (or manuscript).
  7. An oral examination covering the B.A. Honors Research Project, by the Honors Subcommittee in Chemistry.