Degree Requirements
and Sample Plans

Undergraduate Advising Booklet

Download the 2023-2024 Undergraduate Advising Booklet to learn more! The information contained within the booklet provides more information to Chemistry majors on how to properly plan for their degree during their time at Rice, including choosing courses for the first year.

B.S. in Chemistry

The B.S. in Chemistry degree rigorously prepares students for a career 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.S. in Chemistry requires at least 120-credit-hours, including 69-credit-hours of chemistry. Students choose one area of specialization: Biological and Medicinal Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Inorganic Materials, Organic Chemistry or Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.

B.A. in Chemistry

The B.A. in Chemistry 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.

The B.A. in Chemistry requires at least 120-credit-hours, including 55-credit-hours of chemistry.

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. For more information on this option, contact Prof. Bruce Weisman (Chemistry) or Prof. Stan Dodds (Physics).

The B.S. in Chemical Physics requires at least 120-cred-hours, including 73-credit-hours to satisfy the major requirements.