Degree Information

This program is designed for students who need more flexibility or those who desire to complete a Chemistry degree with the minimum chemistry requirements but rich in other courses of interest. This program is recommended for students who plan to begin a career in a chemical laboratory immediately after graduation, as well as those who are considering a profession in such areas as politics or chemistry-related law and plan to attend a law school.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Chemistry Residency Requirements

The Department of Chemistry enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following BA Distribution Requirements. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may take in any one discipline. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" BA Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity. One course must be in Ethical Reasoning and one course must be in Diversity. (May not "double dip" with the General Education Core Ethical Reasoning/Diversity Requirement, the BA Distribution Historical Investigation Requirement, or the BA Distribution Social & Behavioral Science Requirement.)
  • Additional Natural Science
    In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus general education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences. One course must be in the life sciences and one course must be in the physical sciences.
  • Additional Social Science
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences. (May not "double dip" with General Education Core Social & Behavioral Science or the BA Distribution Historical Investigation requirement.)
  • Historical Investigation
    Two courses in Historical Investigation. (May not “double dip” with the additional Social & Behavioral Science for the BA Distribution requirements.)
  • Foreign Language
    All BA degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Requirements

In addition to the General Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees at IU Southeast and the Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements, the candidate for the BA in Chemistry - Traditional Track must complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher in each core course:

  • Technical Writing - one course (ENG-W234), can count as GE Written Communications II
  • Calculus - two courses (MATH-M215 & M216), can count as GE Quantitative Reasoning
  • Physics - two courses w/labs (PHYS-P201 & P202 OR PHYS-P221 & P222), can count as GE Natural Science
  • Biology - one course (BIOL-L100 or BIOL-L101)
  • General Chemistry - two courses w/labs (CHEM-C105/C125 & CHEM-C106/C126)
  • Organic Chemistry - two courses w/labs (CHEM-C341/C343 & CHEM-C342/C344)
  • Analytic Chemistry - three courses (CHEM-C315, C317, & C318)
  • Physical Chemistry - one course (CHEM-C361)
  • Chemistry Seminar - one course (CHEM-C301 or C302)
  1. Students who take MATH-M311 and M313 or M303 in addition to the above requirements qualify to receive a Minor in Mathematics.
  2. Students who complete 15 credit hourse in biology with no more than 5 credits at the 100-level and a minimum of 5 credits at the 300-400 level qualify to receive an Associate of Arts in Biology.