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Chemistry, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Charleston, IL, United States
The chemistry major at Eastern is built upon and fosters strong student-faculty interactions through small classes and collaborative research opportunities as well as through substantial hands-on learning experiences using state-of-the art instruments and equipment. Courses in the major are taught by a very well-trained and dedicated cohort of faculty.


Our goal is to help you become a well-trained chemist and prepare you for the next step in your chosen career path.

Whether you are planning to pursue a graduate or professional degree, to teach, or to seek employment in the chemical or related industries upon graduation, our programs are designed to help you achieve your goals.

The department offers B.A. and B.S. degree programs plus a secondary (high school) science teacher certification option.

The B.S. program includes concentration choices in chemistry, biochemistry, and management. All programs are built upon a common set of chemistry foundation courses plus ancillary courses in math (calculus) and physics. These courses are typically completed in the first two years of study.

The B.A. program is designed to be paired with existing pre-professional programs (e.g. pre-health) or minor programs (e.g. criminology, environmental sciences) in other disciplines.

With careful planning, students can complete a second major in conjunction with the chemistry B.A. and do so in 4 years.


A chemistry background serves as a foundation for many careers in seemingly "nontechnical" areas, areas in which a technical background would give you a great advantage. For example, sales and management positions in the pharmaceutical industry or administrative positions in government laboratories would be attractive to individuals with both chemical and business training.


American Chemical Society (ACS)

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemistry Laboratory
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Undergraduate Seminar
  • Introduction to Chemical Research
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry
  • General Physics
  • General Physics I Laboratory
  • Survey of Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Quantum Chemistry

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements


  1. Application for Admission
  2. Official records (transcripts or mark sheets) beginning with secondary school. Transcripts must bear the seal and signature of the appropriate school official, and be accompanied by an official English translation if necessary. A minimum grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. All transcripts become property of this University. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to submit course descriptions or syllabi as this information will greatly expedite the transfer process.
  3. English Language Proficiency Requirement: Official TOEFL, IELTS, STEP EIKEN, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or iTEP Academic Plus Examination mailed directly from the respective testing service. The school code for Eastern Illinois University is 1199. Test results are valid for two years only. Required scores are listed here. Please note, conditional admission is possible for students who have not met the English requirement.
  4. A completed International Student Financial Affidavit Form, documenting sufficient funding for the intended program of study. To see the total cost of one year of study, please see our Costs page.
  5. Non-refundable application fee of $30.00 U.S. in the form of a check, certified check or money order made payable to Eastern Illinois University.
Particular: The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is comprised of the following: Students who have completed college-level, algebra-based physics courses (e.g., PHY 1151G, 1152G, 1161, 1162) should consult the department chair.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    361 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    289 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 289 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    289 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 289 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Estimated Cost:
  • Illinois & Border States: $20,756.28
  • Non-Border States: $22,916.28

Living costs for Charleston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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