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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.A.

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Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum  for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

General Requirements (Core A - E) Credit Hours: 42

Additional Requirements Credit Hours: 4

Foreign Language Requirements (1002 Level) Credit Hours: 0-3

Completion through 1002-level Foreign Language*

Minor (Required) Credit Hours: 15

Select 15 credit hours of Minor

Electives Credit Hours: 5-16

  • Select 5-16 credit hours of Electives
  • Must include at least 2 hours of upper-division (3000-level and above) coursework

Total Credit Hours: 124

* May be satisfied by a secondary school background showing two (2) years or more of preparation in a single language.

1 While Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 1211K ) and Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 1212K ) are 4 credit hours, only 3 credit hours will be counted toward Area F. The remaining credit hour of each will be applied toward Major Specific Requirements.

2 A maximum of 4 cr hrs of Chemical Research Experience (CHEM 4900 ) and/or CHEM 4790 , and only 1 cr hr of Teaching Internship in Chemistry (CHEM 3700 ) may be counted toward the upperlevel chemistry coursework. In addition, American Chemical Society (ACS) certification requires a minimum of 400 lab hours, not including CHEM 1211 /CHEM 1212  . For the ACS certified degree, catalog course descriptions should be consulted to determine if the required number of lab hours are being met.

Program Admission Criteria

  • Students who wish to change their major to Chemistry must have a total institution GPA of 2.0 or better in all coursework completed at Georgia Southern.
  • Transfer students from other institutions who wish to major in Chemistry must have a GPA of 2.0 or better on all credit hours attempted at other institutions as well as those hours attempted at Georgia Southern.
  • All transfer credits must be evaluated by the Undergraduate Office of Admissions and posted on the Georgia Southern transcript upon official acceptance to the University.

Other Program Requirements

  • Chemistry majors must maintain a “C” average in all major coursework which applies toward graduation.

Honors in Chemistry

To graduate with Honors in Chemistry, a student must:

  • be admitted to the Honors College
  • complete a capstone project equivalent to three credit hours with a measurable outcome approved by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • maintain a 3.3 overall GPA, including a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all major courses applied toward graduation

This degree is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).


Undergraduate Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least once a semester. For more information visit Academic Advisement .

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