Program Outline

A total of 180-quarter credits are required to complete the Chemistry major. All major requirements and prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0. Regardless of the number of Chemistry courses taken at another institution, at least 45 of the last 60 credits must be taken in residence at UW Bothell.  Admission to this major is competitive, and  completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission. Requirements are subject to change. Students should consult an adviser about their academic plan.

Course Requirements for the BS in Chemistry

The curriculum is described below for the BS (with and without the biochemistry option) and the BA degrees.  While both degrees provide significant rigor in Chemistry, there is sufficient flexibility to accommodate university requirements and courses in  other fields.  For both the BS and BA degrees, all required BCHEM courses must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or above.  

Note: Incoming Freshmen enroll in the Discovery Core sequence to satisfy some university requirements on writing, composition, I+S, NW, and VLPA. Transfer students would normally have all required lower division courses.

Course Requirements for the BA in Chemistry

The BA in Chemistry will appeal to a wide variety of students interested in a broader and more interdisciplinary Chemistry experience.  For example, students could pursue a science teaching career by getting most of the required coursework for a secondary certification.   The table below shows the required coursework for a student pursuing a BA degree in Chemistry.  This example schedule is appropriate for a student who wishes to pursue a secondary teaching certification in Chemistry by getting a minor in Teaching & Learning. 

Note: Incoming freshmen enroll in the Discovery Core sequence to satisfy university requirements on writing, composition, I+S, NW and VLPA. Transfer students would normally have all required lower division courses.