Undergraduate Program Overview
Undergraduate students interested in studying chemistry benefit from Rice’s renowned faculty members and a strong research program. The Department of Chemistry offers undergraduate chemistry majors a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Physics. See the menu item "Degree Requirements and Sample Plans" above for more details.
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 129 credit hours, including 69 credit hours of chemistry and at least 60 additional credit hours that satisfy the University's graduation requirements.
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 and at least 66 additional credit hours that satisfy the University's graduation requirements.
The B.S. in Chemical Physics 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).