2019-2020 Catalog (Current)


Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Chemistry? - Program Spotlight

Chemistry is the central science and thus provides the framework for our understanding of a wide variety of natural phenomena, societal issues, and advances in technology. Students with good math backgrounds and with interest in scientific thought and reasoning will find the Chemistry BA to be a satisfying and challenging degree. Chemistry students build skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork, making them marketable in a wide variety of fields. Students complete a curriculum of 34 hours of chemistry courses, including some courses chosen based on their interest. Depending on their interests and career goals, chemistry majors select a wide variety of minors including marketing/sales, English/professional writing, biology, and forensic science. Chemistry students often participate in undergraduate research projects as well.

Career Opportunities

The Chemistry major provides an excellent background for a wide variety of careers in science or in science-related fields, some involving further education. These include but are not limited to careers in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, education, environmental science, forensic science, pharmaceutical sales, and scientific writing.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT/SAT16 scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree are here.

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the Chemistry major, the BA core, an academic minor in another field of study, and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. No grade lower than 'C' will count toward the major.

More Information

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PHONE: 231-591-5867

Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
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Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2580

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Chemistry, BA - 120 Credits

General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 2
Intro to Physical Chemistry
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
Choose one sequence:
Introductory Physics 1
Introductory Physics 2
General Physics 1
General Physics 2
Chemistry Major Electives (select a minimum of 6 credits):
Instrumental Analysis
Biochemistry Lab 1
Biochemistry Lab 2
An academic minor of 18-24 credits is required. Any approved minor is allowed except teacher education minors. Students should consult their major advisor.
To reach the minimum 120 required for this degree.
B.A. Core
The B.A. Core consists of one COMM course and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.