Rice University logo
 
 

Degree Requirements

The Department of Chemistry offers undergraduate chemistry majors leading to both the Bachelor of Science degree and the Bachelor of Arts degree. 

The B.S. program rigorously prepares students for advanced work in chemistry or a related discipline, and the degree requirements are consistent with the guidelines for certification by the American Chemical Society. This curriculum provides a broad and comprehensive introduction to core areas of chemistry while promoting depth of understanding in one or more specific fields. B.S. students complete a series of foundation courses in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, biological chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Students then complete one or more specializations, or “tracks”, consisting of in-depth courses both in-and-out of the specialization. 

The B.A. degree is a more flexible program that provides a comprehensive overview of all areas of chemistry, including laboratory experiences, but can be coupled more easily with other majors or professional career paths. 

Both degree programs offer students a solid background in the fundamental principles of chemistry, the properties and reactions of chemical compounds, and their uses.

In Fall 2014 changes were implemented to the undergraduate curriculum. See this link for a letter from Professor Zachary Ball for more information for those students graduating in 2016 and 2017: Undergraduate Curriculum Changes

Degree Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry

The B.S. in Chemistry requires at least 124-credit-hours, including 64-credit-hours of chemistry (below) and at least 60 additional credit hours that satisfy the University's distribution requirements. 

The following checklist lists the requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry: B.S. Degree Requirements

The General Announcements can also provide information on these degree requirements. 



Degree Requirements for the B.A. in Chemistry 

The B.A. in Chemistry requires at least 120-credit-hours, including 45-credit-hours of chemistry (below) and at least 78 additional credit hours that satisfy the University's distribution requirements.

The following checklist lists the requirements for the B.A. in Chemistry: B.A. Degree Requirements

The General Announcements can also provide information on these degree requirements. 

Degree Requirements for the B.S. in Chemical Physics 

The Chemical Physics major leading to a B.S. degree is offered in conjunction with the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Students take upper-level courses in both chemistry and physics, focusing on the applications of physics to chemical systems. 

The following list contains the requirements for the B.S. in Chemical Physics for all years: Chemical Physics Requirements

The General Announcements can also provide information on these degree requirements.