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Chemistry, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The Chemistry major at Boston University, with its emphasis on research skill development, builds on a core of courses covering the principal areas of chemistry (analytical, organic, physical, inorganic, and biochemistry).
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Overview

Advanced courses of the Chemistry program offered by Boston University cover the emerging areas of materials, computational, and biological chemistry, with training on research instrumentation in advanced, project-oriented laboratory courses that enable the students to explore the areas of chemistry that most interest them. Chemistry majors are exceptionally well prepared for graduate education, careers in chemical research, teaching, the chemical industry, or regulatory agencies, and, as a premedical track, for professional training in medicine and related health fields. The vast majority of our majors participate in research, with publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The Option A major not only qualifies students for certification by the American Chemical Society but also permits diversification through coupling with minors in other fields of science, mathematics, or computer science, and with the Modular Medical Integrated Curriculum (MMEDIC) program.

The Option B major, with one less course requirement, offers greater flexibility and may be attractive to students who wish to design programs with additional elective possibilities. Option B may also lead to ACS certification.

All students should refer to the Departmental Regulations section of the Chemistry Department page for important stipulations. NOTE: Students may not switch tracks in general or organic chemistry after the initial course in the sequence.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the foundational material of general chemistry in order to advance further into the traditional chemistry sub-disciplines of the curriculum (inorganic, organic, biochemistry, physical chemistry).
  • Learn to use and apply appropriate concepts and quantitative methods in all sub-disciplines of chemistry, both intellectually and experimentally.
  • Learn to integrate and apply a relevant body of knowledge to the evaluation of existing scientific studies, and to design studies to test specific hypotheses to address unsolved problems in the chemical and life sciences that benefit from expertise in chemistry.
  • Learn to use computers in data acquisition and processing, and to utilize appropriate software as a tool in data analyses.
  • Learn to employ modern literature search tools to locate and retrieve appropriate scientific information, and effectively communicate both orally and in writing about the processes of the chemical sciences as the result of scientific inquiry.
  • Follow the ethical practice of research, experimental interpretation, presentation, and application of research in both the instructional and research labs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • General Chemistry 
  • General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 
  • Chemistry in Culture & Society
  • General Chemistry for the Engineering Sciences

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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    90

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General Requirements

National

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
International
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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