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Overview of UVM Chemistry Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Overview of UVM Chemistry Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Degrees Offered in Chemistry:

  • Bachelor's of Science Degree (B.S.)
    • Accredited degree with the American Chemical Society
    • Focuses more on chemistry and less on liberal arts
    • Requires an additional upper level course in chemistry and research credit in chemistry (vs. the B.A.)
  • Bachelor's of Arts Degree (B.A.) – General Concentration
    • Very similar to the B.S. degree, but does not have two extra chemistry degree requirements
    • However, a B.A. degree students may add these two courses to their schedule
    • Requires that the College of Arts and Sciences B.A. degree requirements be met:
      • Complete all 7 areas of liberal arts study, including a foreign language
      • Requires a minor

Learning Goals for the Undergraduate Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (General Concentration) Degrees:

Students will:
  • Demonstrate general knowledge in chemistry and will be able to apply chemical and physical principles in the solution of qualitative and quantitative chemical problems.
  • Understand the interplay of observational data, hypotheses, and hypothesis-driven experimentation through application of the scientific method.
  • Become proficient in chemical laboratory techniques and be able to apply these to practical and current problems in research.
  • Be able to read and critically evaluate the chemical and scientific literature.
  • Learn to present scientific data clearly and effectively through both written and verbal communication.

Either the B.S. or the B.A. (general concentration) degree prepares students for graduate study in chemistry or a variety of related disciplines

  • Bachelor's of Arts Degree (B.A.) – Biomolecular Concentration
    • Requires chemistry core courses, but does not require the depth of chemistry courses as per the B.S. or B.A. (general) degrees
    • Adds coursework in the biological sciences
    • Often used as a major to prepare for a postgraduate medical degree program
  • Bachelor's of Arts Degree (B.A.) – Environmental Concentration
    • Requires chemistry core courses, but does not require the depth of chemistry courses as per the B.S. or B.A. (general) degrees
    • Adds coursework in environmental sciences
    • Used as preparation for beginning a career in environmental science

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