Chemistry, BA

Do you want to help tackle current societal challenges related to energy, the environment, medicine and new materials? When you learn how to address problems at the atomic and molecular levels, you'll develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are useful in many types of careers.

Program Description

Students in the BA program in chemistry take a wide range of courses that prepare them to take on important problems using atomic and molecular level thinking in areas as diverse as energy and sustainability, new materials, medicine and health, nanoscience, environmental science, forensics, cosmetics and food chemistry, patent law, sales and marketing.

The Bachelor of Arts program in chemistry is a flexible option for students interested in a liberal arts degree with a strong grounding in physical science. It is ideal for students seeking to complete two degrees. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry have opportunities to explore a variety of interests, from laboratory science to working in the public sector in regulation or law.

Students wishing to pursue a scientific graduate degree should consider the BS in chemistry.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

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ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

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Career Outlook

A degree in chemistry provides the background for careers in chemical and electronics industries, in national research labs, environmental labs and forensic labs. Chemistry can be combined with law for patent work, with economics for sales and marketing careers, and with computer science for careers in information technology. Students with a strong liberal arts background are also prepared for careers in scientific sales, marketing, human development and training. Students often take chemistry degree programs to be competitive applicants for admission to medical, dental or pharmacy schools.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Chemical Technician

  • Growth: 3.2%
  • Median Salary*: $50,840


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: $80,670

Crime Scene Investigator

  • Growth: 12.6%
  • Median Salary*: $63,740
  Bright Outlook

High School Teacher

  • Growth: 1.0%
  • Median Salary*: $62,360


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $144,440

Materials Scientist

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: $104,380

Medical Doctor (MD)

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: $214,460


  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: $132,750

Soil Scientist

  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: $65,730
  Bright Outlook

Water/Wastewater Engineer

  • Growth: 5.0%
  • Median Salary*: $89,940

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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