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Bachelor of Arts


Program of Study

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry program is a combined major and minor sequence consisting of 55 credits. With courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics, the curriculum is designed to give you the tools to think analytically, solve problems and create novel materials.

You will have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to undergraduate research with a faculty mentor through the Honors College. If accepted, you can complete an independent study in a specific area, gaining experience in the methods and techniques of modern chemistry.

Mathematics Courses

  • Algebra and Calculus II or Calculus I
  • Calculus II

Physics Courses

  • Physics I: Mechanics
  • Physics Lab I
  • Physics II: Electromagnetism
  • Physics Lab II

Chemistry Courses

  • General Chemistry I or Advanced General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II or Advanced General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis Lab
  • Physical Chemistry Lab
  • Advanced Synthesis Laboratory
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis Lab
  • Biophysical Chemistry I
  • 3 credits in advanced chemistry

Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Options

You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. Choose to combine your Chemistry undergraduate degree with the following graduate programs:


MS in Information Science 
This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

MS in Secondary Education
This New York State-approved teacher preparation program provides you with initial certification to teach a specific subject to students in grades 7-12 in New York State public schools.

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Career Outcomes

With a BA in Chemistry you will have a strong foundation to pursue graduate school or a position in health care, industrial or governmental laboratories.

Potential job titles include:

  • Forensic chemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Forensic pathologist
  • Technical sales
  • Toxicologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Health administrator
  • Patent lawyer
  • Food analyst
  • Chemical engineer
  • Research scientist



Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Development of analytical problem solving skills in the major areas of chemical study.
  • Understanding of the underlying theoretical principles that explain chemical behavior at the atomic, molecular, and macroscopic levels.
  • Development of laboratory skills, including preparative techniques, methods for the disposal and handling of toxic compounds, and usage of modern instrumentation.
  • Preparation for employment in the chemical industry or related areas or advanced study in allied fields, such as medicine, dental science, pharmacy, environmental areas, etc. Not generally appropriate for advanced study in chemistry.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication (Fully Online Option)
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies (Fully Online Option)
  • Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • Documentary Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Film Studies
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • English
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Game Design and Development
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History (Fully Online Option)
  • Informatics (Fully Online Option)
  • Instrumental Performance
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism (Fully Online Option)
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Music
  • Musical Performance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
  • Psychology (Fully Online Option)
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology (Fully Online Option)
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Vocal Performance
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies