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School of Natural Sciences


The professional program in Chemistry includes enough work in mathematics, physics, and chemistry to prepare the student adequately for graduate study and to provide the minimum requirements for a career as a professional chemist. The minimum requirements for a B. S. degree are Chemistry, 43 hours; Math 3202 and necessary prerequisites; Physics 2004, 2014; and research*.  A minor must be completed in one of the following: mathematics, physics, computer science, or biology.

Course Study

First Year

  • Chemistry 1004, 1014 (General Chemistry I, II)
  • Mathematics 1034 (Pre-Calculus)
  • Mathematics 2014 (Calculus I)
  • CORE 1012 (Introduction to the Liberal Arts)
  • CORE 1043, 1053 (Composition 1, 2)
  • CORE 1022 (Concepts of Wellness)
  • CORE 1113 (Survey of the Bible)
  • CORE 2113 (American Civilization)

First year’s total = 32 hrs

Second Year

  • Chemistry 3004, 3104 (Organic Chemistry I, II)
  • Chemistry 2004 (Quantitative Analysis)
  • Mathematics 3202 (Advanced Chemical Calculations)
  • Physics 2004, 2014 (University Physics I, II)
  • CORE 1023 (Contemporary World)
  • language elective 6 hours

Second year’s total = 33 hrs

Third Year

  • Chemistry 3053, 3063 (Physical Chemistry I, II)
  • Chemistry 3111 (Chemistry Literature Seminar)
  • Chemistry 3142 (Instrumental Analysis)
  • Chemistry 3272 (Experimental Techniques of Chemistry I)
  • Biology elective, 4 hours
  • CORE 1123 (Interpreting the Bible)
  • CORE 2213 (Western Heritage)
  • CORE 2123 or 2223 (American Letters or Western Letters)
  • CORE Sophomore Menu elective, 3 hours
  • CORE Fine Arts elective, 3 hours

Third year’s total = 30 hrs

Fourth Year

  • Chemistry 4023 (Biochemistry)
  • Chemistry 4033 (Advanced Inorganic)
  • Chemistry 4111 (Research Seminar)
  • Chemistry 4272 (Experimental Techniques of Chemistry II)
  • Chemistry research*, 1 hour
  • CORE 4001 (Senior Seminar)
  • CORE Fine Arts elective, 3 hours
  • electives**, 19 hours

Fourth year’s total = 33 hrs

*Research requirement can be met by taking Chemistry 4201-4492 for a minimum of one credit hour (three hours laboratory per week for one semester) or by participating in a summer undergraduate research participation program either at Ouachita or at another university or research institute.

**Additional courses in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, or Biology must be taken to complete a minor.