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2021-2022 LSUA Catalog 
2021-2022 LSUA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, BS (with concentrations in chemistry, pre-professsional, management, and secondary chemistry education)

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Concentrations Available:

  • Chemistry
  • Pre-Professional
  • Management
  • Secondary Chemistry Education

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry meets the needs of students with a variety of career goals. Potential employers of graduates include chemical companies, refineries, consumer products manufacturers, state and federal government, universities, and high schools. The degree is also suitable for students preparing for pharmacy school, medical school, and graduate programs in chemistry. At the heart of the program is a foundational chemistry curriculum consisting of General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. The specific foundational chemistry courses are as follows: CHEM 1201 , CHEM 1202 , CHEM 1301 , CHEM 1302 , CHEM 2001 , CHEM 2002 , CHEM 3261 , CHEM 3262 , CHEM 3361 , CHEM 3362 , 3491, CHEM 4500 , and CHEM 4570 .

In addition, students must choose one of the four Areas of Concentration listed below:


This concentration allows students to acquire a broad understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts and critical thinking skills and to demonstrate that they are conversant in the field of chemistry. Students may take courses in Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Chemometrics, Chemistry Research, or Chemistry Internship. The required courses are as follows: CHEM 4492 , CHEM 4493 , CHEM 4385 , MATH 2057 , BIOL 4110 , and three additional hours of chemistry at the 3000/4000-level.


Students in this concentration have the opportunity to prepare themselves for entry into medical, dental, pharmacy, and other professional schools. The required courses are as follows: BIOL 1202 , and 13 hours chosen from the following list of courses: any CHEM course at the 3000/4000 level, BIOL 2051 , BIOL 2153 , BIOL 3090 , BIOL 3092 , BIOL 3123 , BIOL 3150 , BIOL 3152 , BIOL 3154 , BIOL 4104 , BIOL 4110 , BIOL 4158 , and BIOL 4191 . Students should carefully consider the specific requirements of the professional schools to which they are applying when choosing courses in this concentration.


Students in this concentration develop solid management skills that will allow them to apply their knowledge of chemistry in a managerial position. The required courses are as follows: ACCT 2001 , ACCT 2101 , BLAW 3201 , ECON 2010  or ECON 2020 , FINC 3715 , MGMT 3200 , and MKTG 3401 .

Secondary Chemistry Education

Students in this concentration pursue coursework that will enable them to become school teachers.To fulfill the requirements for this concentration, the student must gain admission to the Minor in Education Leading to Secondary Education (6-12). By passing the PRAXIS II exam in chemistry and completing other requirements specified in the Minor in Education leading to Secondary Education Certification (6-12), students can become certified to teach high school or junior high chemistry. The required courses are as follows: PSYC 2060 , PSYC 2078 , EDCI 2700 , EDCI 3040 , EDCI 3116 , EDCI 3800 , EDCI 4045 , EDCI 4200 , and EDCI 4945 .

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have a solid understanding of foundational chemical principles.

  2. Graduates will be able to work effectively in a laboratory.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all requirements for admission to the university. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry has no separate or special admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to baccalaureate degrees as specified in Degree Requirements .

  2. Students must complete at least 30 hours at the 3000-level or above, at least nine of which must be at the 4000-level.

Degree Audit

A fillable degree audit sheet for students and their academic advisors is available here.

Total Credits: 120

General Education Requirements

See list of approved courses in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Total Credits: 6

Social Sciences

Total Credits: 6


Prerequisites for these courses may be used as free electives.

Total Credits: 8

Total Credits: 10


Total Credits: 9

Fine Arts

Total Credits: 3

Total Credits: 42

Total Credits: 31

Major Concentration Requirements

Choose one of the areas of concentration listed below:


Total Credits: 17


Students should carefully consider the specific requirements of the professional schools to which they are applying when choosing courses in this concentration. Credit hours taken over and above the requirements of the concentration may be applied to free electives.

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 21

Secondary Chemistry Education

Students in this concentration must take PSYC 2060  and PSYC 2078  to meet their General Education Social Sciences requirement.

Total Credits: 27


Students concentrating in Secondary Education need only 20 hours of free electives; those in Management need 26; and those in Chemistry and Pre-Professional need 30.

  • Free Electives Credits: 20-30

Total Credits: 20-30

Suggested Sequence of Courses


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