Natural Sciences with Concentration in Chemistry, B.A.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Natural Sciences with a concentration in Chemistry provides students more breadth than traditional science programs. Many exciting areas of scientific inquiry, such as the neurosciences, environmental sciences, and biophysical sciences, require general science backgrounds that encompass multiple science disciplines. The Bachelor of Arts degree helps students to explore both domestic and international culture through the foreign language and upper level liberal arts course requirements.

Students planning graduate study or technical careers in one of these interdisciplinary areas, as well as students preparing for careers in health sciences, legal professions, science education, science-related business, or social service might be well served by the B.A. in Natural Sciences. Students in this program can apply to our Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs in the following areas: Bioinnovation, Biotechnology and Scientific Writing. Students interested in these PSM programs can apply for admission to the +1 B.A./P.S.M. accelerated options for completion of these degrees. PSM programs provide specific curricula and training for workforce entry or re-entry.

This program of study can prepare students for graduate study in a traditional science discipline, and many Natural Sciences graduates have found employment in technical fields.

Dr. Susan Varnum, Program Director
Professor of Chemistry
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Science Education​
College of Science and Technology​
629 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-4073
susan.varnum@temple.edu

Bachelor of Arts

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • Students must complete all University requirements including those listed below.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. The specific writing-intensive course options for this major are:
      SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology3
      SCTC 4396Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data3
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements

    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • Two (2) Upper-Level (2000+) Liberal Art courses.
    • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).
    • All students in the College of Science and Technology are required to take a one credit first year seminar. SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar is the appropriate course option for every entering first year CST major. Transfer students should use SCTC 2001 CST Transfer Seminar to fulfill this requirement. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CST College Requirements page.

  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (63-72 s.h.)
    At least 7 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 2 courses in the chosen concentration must be completed at Temple.
    Biology
    Select one of the following:4
    General Biology I (F)
    Introduction to Organismal Biology
    Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
    Select one of the following:4
    General Biology II (S)
    Introduction to Biomolecules, Cells and Genomes
    Honors Introduction to Biomolecules, Cells and Genomes
    Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    College of Science & Technology
    SCTC 1013Elements of Data Science for the Physical and Life Sciences3
    Select one of the following: 14
    STEM Challenge: The World Around Us
    STEM Challenge: The World Within
    SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology3
    SCTC 3001History of Science3
    SCTC 4396Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data3
    Computer Programming/Physics
    Select one of the following: 23-4
    Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python
    Honors Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python
    Computer Programming in C
    Introduction to Web Technology and Programming
    Programming in Matlab
    Introduction to Astronomy (F)
    Coding STEM Lessons 3
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 2001Physical Geology4
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4-8
    Differential and Integral Calculus
    Calculus I
    and Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 4
    Calculus I
    and Calculus II 4
    Honors Calculus I
    and Honors Calculus II 4
    Physics
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to General Physics I
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to General Physics II
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II
    Chemistry Electives
    Four Upper-Level (2000+) Chemistry Electives 512-16
    Total Credit Hours63-72
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences with Concentration in Chemistry

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Differential and Integral Calculus 
Calculus I 
SCTC 1001CST First Year Seminar1
SCTC 1013Elements of Data Science for the Physical and Life Sciences3
Select one of the following:14
STEM Challenge: The World Around Us 
STEM Challenge: The World Within 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
Select one of the following:20-4
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
Calculus II 
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
Elective3
Elective4-0
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following:4
General Biology I (F) 
Introduction to Organismal Biology 
EES 2001Physical Geology4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II (S) 
Introduction to Biomolecules, Cells and Genomes 
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 
Chemistry Elective (2000+)33-4
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3-2
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics I 
Elementary Classical Physics I 
General Physics I 
SCTC 3001History of Science3
Chemistry Elective (2000+)33-4
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
Elective3-1
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics II 
Elementary Classical Physics II 
General Physics II 
SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
SCTC 4396Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data [WI]3
Select one of the following:43-4
Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python 
Introduction to Web Technology and Programming 
Programming in Matlab 
Introduction to Astronomy (F) 
Coding STEM Lessons5 
Chemistry Elective (2000+)33-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3-1
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Chemistry Elective (2000+)33-4
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3-2
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course