2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Chemistry

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

Program Requirements

Chemistry, BA Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Dan Adsmond 
PHONE: 231-591-5867
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Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2580

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Chemistry, BA - 120 Credits

General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Quantitative Analysis
4
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5
Intro to Physical Chemistry
4
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
4
Choose one sequence:
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
OR
General Physics 1
5
General Physics 2
5
Chemistry Major Electives (select a minimum of 6 credits):
Instrumental Analysis
3
Biochemistry Lab 1
2
Biochemistry Lab 2
2
Biochemistry
4
An academic minor of 18-24 credits is required. Any approved minor is allowed except teacher education minors. Students should consult their major advisor.
Electives
To reach the minimum 120 required for this degree.
B.A. Core
3-15
The B.A. Core consists of one COMM course and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.