Chemistry Undergraduate Degrees - The University of Tulsa

Chemistry Undergraduate Programs

A chemistry degree serves as an integral component of modern research in medicine, the environment, new materials and energy technology. Chemists study the atomic and molecular properties of materials and are easily placed in thriving professional opportunities.

Beyond careers in chemistry, chemists are needed in engineering, medicine, business, education and law where a technical background is highly recommended for work in patents and environmental law.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in chemistry. Students also can pursue a combined bachelor’s and master’s program to complete both degrees in five years.

The bachelor’s degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. Supporting work in mathematics and physics and a personal selection of electives allow each student to customize his or her degree to match their career objectives.

The bachelor of arts option is well suited for students with an interest in chemistry but with career aspirations in law, business, education or fields requiring technical literacy.

  • Program Learning Outcomes

    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biochemistry

    1. Describe the structure, composition and properties of various chemical substances.
    2. Plan the synthesis of inorganic and organic substances resulting in the successful synthesis of the compounds.
    3. Characterize substances based upon analysis of their physical and chemical properties.
    4. Use theories of microscopic properties to explain macroscopic behavior.
    5. Explain the role of energy in determining structure and reactivity.
    6. Employ chemical theory to explain the rate and outcome of chemical reactions.
  • Degree Options

    Chemistry, B.A.

    Provides students with a diverse background in chemistry.

    Chemistry, B.S.C.

    Degree option in chemistry consists of chemistry, physics, mathematics, writing and humanities courses that serve as the groundwork for graduate or advanced professional study.

    Chemistry Minor

    Study the atomic and molecular properties of materials and acquire a background in general and organic chemistry.

    Neuroscience Minor

    Provides foundational knowledge of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.

  • Typical Four-Year Schedule
    Introduction to ChemistryCalculus II
    Block I – Exposition and ArgumentationGeneral Physics I and Lab
    Calculus IGeneral Chemistry II and Lab
    General Chemistry I and LabBlock II – Historical and Social Interpretation
    General Elective
    Calculus IIIMolecular Modeling
    General Physics II and LabOrganic Chemistry II and Lab
    Organic Chemistry I and LabTechnical Elective
    General ElectiveGeneral Elective
    Sophomore Seminar
    Physical Chemistry I and LabWriting for the Professions
    Biochemistry IPhysical Chemistry II and Lab
    Block II – Historical and Social InterpretationAnalytical Chemistry I and Lab
    Technical ElectiveGeneral Elective
    General ElectiveBlock I – Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
    Junior Seminar
    Analytical Chemistry II and LabInorganic Synthesis
    Introduction to ResearchTechnical Elective
    Inorganic ChemistryTechnical Elective
    Technical ElectiveGeneral Elective
    Block II – Historical and Social InterpretationBlock II – Historical and Social Interpretation
    Senior Project
  • Professional Opportunities
    • Industrial chemist
    • Food scientist
    • Forensic scientist
    • Environmental inspector/technician
    • Secondary ed chemistry teacher
    • Materials engineer