Chemistry Major

Process for declaring a major in Chemistry

The process for declaring a major in chemistry is easy.  There are no prerequisites that need to be completed prior to declaring your major in chemistry.  There is no “applying” or “pre-declaring” to be a chemistry major.  There is no application period.  You can declare a major in chemistry at any time.

  1. Pick up a Declaration of Major form (available at the Dean’s Office at Monroe Hall or outside room 404 in the Chemistry Building)
  2. Review the courses that you still need to complete for the degree program you wish to pursue and come up with a plan of how to complete all the required courses.  Handouts are available outside room 404 in the Chemistry Building and here.
  3. Make a list of any questions you may have.
  4. See Cindy Knight in room 404 in the Chemistry Building and she will review your form and the courses you still need to take and answer any questions you may have. She will sign it and assign you an advisor. You do not need to make an appointment.  Just stop by her office and let her know you want to declare your major.

B.A. in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (B.A.) is a flexible program designed to prepare the student for further study in a wide range of fields. With a minimum number of required courses, the chemistry B.A. permits the student to design an undergraduate program uniquely suited to individual needs. Keep in mind that the degree program outlines found here, in our handouts, and on the Undergraduate Record are to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

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B.S. Chemistry (ACS Certified)

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.) is a pre-professional degree designed for students who plan to become chemists, either by going to graduate school or by working in the chemical industry. The B.S. program, certified by the American Chemical Society, emphasizes intensive study in the sciences. Keep in mind that the degree program outlines found here, in our handouts, and on the Undergraduate Record are to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

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B.S. Specializations (Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, Environmental Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Education)

Biochemistry

Caters to students having a strong interest in biology and biological chemistry by incorporating biologically-related lecture and laboratory courses. Many students in this program plan to attend medical or dental school, but a significant fraction pursues graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, or related areas. Keep in mind that the degree program outlines found here, in our handouts, and on the Undergraduate Record are to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

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Chemical Physics

For the student who wants chemistry with a strong physics orientation. This degree can be certified by the American Chemical Society (if specific requirements are satisfied). Keep in mind that the degree program outlines found here, in our handouts, and on the Undergraduate Record are to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

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Environmental Chemistry

For the student who wants chemistry with a strong environmental science orientation. This degree can be certified by the American Chemical Society (if specific requirements are satisfied). Keep in mind that the degree program outlines found here, in our handouts, and on the Undergraduate Record are to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

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Materials Science

For the student who wants chemistry with a strong material science orientation. This degree can be certified by the American Chemical Society (if specific requirements are satisfied). Keep in mind that the degree program outlines found here, in our handouts, and on the Undergraduate Record are to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

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Chemical Education

For students who intend to teach chemistry/science K-12. Students apply for admission into the Master of Teaching program. For more information on the on the Curry School program, contact Professor Frackson Mumba. Keep in mind that the degree program outlines found here, in our handouts, and on the Undergraduate Record are to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

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B.A./M.A. in Chemistry ("3+1" Degree Option)

Students seeking this degree option will complete their bachelor’s degree in three years and then enter a one-year master’s degree program. This option is not for all students.

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Keep in mind that the degree program outlines found here, in our handouts, and on the Undergraduate Record are to be used as a guide. There is flexibility with completing the requirements as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

Be advised that if you are double majoring, which ever Declaration of Major form is submitted first, will be your first major.  Regardless of whether or not you mark the box at the top indicating otherwise.


View Course Descriptions

Roadmap with links to the syllabus for each course

Brochure of all Chemistry undergraduate degree programs 

If you wish to petition to substitute a required course with a different one, please fill out this form, take it (along with a copy of your unofficial transcript) to Cindy Knight (CHM 404).  She will present your request to the Undergraduate Advising Committee.  You will be emailed once a decision has been reached.


The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/ugrad.html