B.A./M.A. Programs

Undergraduate lab research

Chemistry B.A./M.A. Program

Full details and recommendations are provided in the University Bulletin.

Candidates for departmental honors may be admitted to a special four-year BA/MA program upon recommendation of the department. Application must be made by May 1 preceding the senior year.

Grades of B- or higher are required in the 100-level science courses. Candidates should carefully read the section “Dual Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs” under the heading “Special Academic Opportunities,” which appears earlier in this Bulletin. Most notable are the three-year residence requirement and the required total of thirty-eight courses, only four of which may come from AP/IB credits, consistent with university regulations.

Core Courses

  1. General Chemistry (CHEM 11a,b or CHEM 15a,b) with laboratory (CHEM 18a,b or CHEM 19a,b)
  2. Organic Chemistry (CHEM 25a,b) with laboratory (CHEM 29a,b).
  3. Mathematics (MATH 10a,b)
  4. Physics (PHYS 10a,b, 11a,b or 15a,b.)

Eight Advanced Lecture Courses

  1. Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 121a or 122b)
  2. Two Physical Chemistry Courses (CHEM 141a or 142b)
  3. Organic Chemistry (Chem 130, 132, 134, 135 or 137)
  4. One additional lecture course in CHEM, CBIO, or BCHM numbered 30 or higher (including BIOL 105b and NBIO 148b).
  5. An additional 100-level chemistry course OR a third advanced laboratory course.
  6. Two other 100-level courses from the School of Science.

Two Advanced Laboratory Courses

Two laboratory courses chosen from CHEM 39b, 49a, 59b, or 69a.

Honors Thesis

Two semesters of CHEM 99d (Senior Research); GPA of 3.00 or higher in all courses taken to meet the major requirements, including laboratories. A thesis describing the research must be submitted and accepted by the department.

Chemical Biology Track B.A./M.A. Program

Candidates for departmental honors may be admitted to a special four-year BA/MA program upon recommendation of the department. Application must be made by May 1 preceding the senior year.

Grades of B- or higher are required in the 100-level science courses. Candidates should carefully read the section “Dual Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs” under the heading “Special Academic Opportunities,” which appears earlier in this Bulletin. Most notable are the three-year residence requirement and the required total of thirty-eight courses, only four of which may come from AP/IB credits, consistent with university regulations.

Core Courses

  1. General Chemistry (CHEM 11a,b or CHEM 15a,b) with laboratory (CHEM 18a,b or CHEM 19a,b)
  2. Organic Chemistry (CHEM 25a,b) with laboratory (CHEM 29a,b).
  3. Mathematics (MATH 10a,b)
  4. Physics (PHYS 10a,b, 11a,b or 15a,b.)
  5. Biology (BIOL 14a and BIOL 15b) with laboratory (BIOL 18a,b)
  6. Biochemistry (BCHM 100a).

Seven Advanced Lecture Courses

  1. Chem 141a.
  2. BIOL 101a or BIOL 105b.
  3. Four lecture courses chosen from 100-level courses in CHEM or CBIO.
  4. A lecture course may be chosen from any 100-level or higher course in CHEM, CBIO, BIOL, BCHM or NBIO.

Two Advanced Laboratory Courses

  1. CHEM 39b, 49a, 59b, or 69a.
  2. CHEM 39b, 49a, 59b, 69a, or a Life Sciences project laboratory chosen from BIOL 155a, BIOL 156a, BIOL 159a, or BCHM 155b.

Honors Thesis

Two semesters of CHEM 99d (Senior Research); GPA of 3.00 or higher in all courses taken to meet the major requirements, including laboratories. A thesis describing the research must be submitted and accepted by the department.