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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.A. (Day)

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The study of chemistry provides students with knowledge of the composition, properties and transformations of matter, and the ability to analyze, synthesize and quantitate in this context. Because the program emphasizes the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry, as well as practical laboratory techniques and use of instrumentation, the Chemistry major at Columbia College furnishes students with the skills needed for employment in the chemical industry or in chemical education and also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in chemistry or health-related professions.

Students who have completed a degree in Chemistry from Columbia College should possess:

  1. Knowledge of the composition, properties and transformations of inorganic and organic chemical substances.
  2. Understanding of chemical principles, models and theories used to rationalize and predict chemical phenomena.
  3. Proficiency in laboratory skills including chemical synthesis, instrumental analysis and quantitative measurement.
  4. The ability to properly observe experiments, record results, and critically interpret those results through mathematical and statistical analysis.
  5. Competence in scientific writing and oral presentations, and familiarity with the use of chemical literature.
  6. Understanding of the importance of ethics and values in their professional and everyday lives.
  7. The proper background for employment in chemistry-related technical, industrial or educational fields.
  8. A foundation for graduate study in chemistry-related fields or professional health-related programs.

General Education Requirements (39-42 sem. hrs)

For a complete list of general education courses click here ​. For additional information on general education requirements click here .

Ethics Course Requirement (3 sem. hrs)

Foreign Language Requirement (6 sem. hrs)

For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click here .


A maximum of three Chemistry Electives may be obtained from internships (CHEM 399  /CHEM 499 ).

Electives (19-22 sem. hrs)

Total: 120 (sem. hrs)

The total reflects the minimum number of hours to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Some courses listed above may fulfill more than one requirement block. Please speak to your academic advisor to plan your specific degree path.

Note (s):

MATH 222 MATH 222 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 5 hours  is recommended for students planning to pursue graduate study in chemistry.

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