The department welcomes students to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs of study who express an interest, demonstrate an aptitude and are dedicated to pursue excellence in their studies. Most applicants will have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average in their college work. They will have earned a grade of C or greater in College Algebra, its equivalent, or a more advanced mathematics course. They will have earned grades of B or better in CHEM 1400 & 1401, or equivalents, or a grade of C or greater in CHEM 1402 or equivalent. Aptitude and dedication can also be demonstrated by presenting exceptional science and mathematics preparation for high school.
The Bachelor of Arts in chemistry is offered for premedical and predental students, secondary teachers and others. View the UALR Undergraduate Catalog here for specific courses and requirements.
1. a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better,
2. received a C or better grade in College Algebra, its equivalent, or more advanced course,
3. a B or better grade in Chemistry 1400 and 1401 or in equivalent courses, or a C or better grade in Chemistry 1402 or equivalent. Aptitude and dedication can be also demonstrated by presenting exceptional science and mathematics preparation in high school.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry prepares students for careers as professional chemists and serves as a foundation for careers in other fields such as biology and medicine. The curriculum offers a thorough fundamental knowledge of the major fields of chemistry, covering the general areas of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Undergraduates are encouraged to take full advantage of the scientific opportunities available in the department by joining a research group. View the UALR Undergraduate Catalog here for specific courses & requirements.
Honors Program Chemistry
The department also offers an Honors Program in chemistry. To graduate with honors a student must:
1. maintain an overall grade point average of 3.20 or better,
2. maintain a grade point average of 3.20 or better in chemistry courses,
3. complete at least four credit hours of a faculty-directed laboratory research project and present the findings in a scientific meeting or departmental seminar,
4. and meet ACS certification requirements.
Transfer students must meet all degree requirements. In addition, transfer students must successfully complete at UALR a minimum of six hours of upper-level chemistry courses for a major in chemistry or three hours of upper-level chemistry courses for a minor in chemistry.
Options in Freshman Chemistry
Students who have had two units of high school algebra and high school chemistry and demonstrate proficiency on the Mathematics Placement Exam should take CHEM 1402 and 1403 (General Chemistry I and II).
Students who have had no high school chemistry and have a weak high school mathematics background but are interested in a pre-professional or science degree should take CHEM 1300 (Preparation for Organic Chemistry), CHEM 1402 and 1403 (General Chemistry I and II).
Students whose major field requires only eight hours of freshman chemistry should take CHEM 1400 and 1401 (Fundamental Chemistry I and II). This sequence will prepare a student to take CHEM 2450 Organic Chemistry-Short Course, but no other upper-level chemistry courses.