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BA Chemistry

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

46040 USD
46040 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department of Chemistry
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600

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About this course

The Barnard College Chemistry Department offers courses for undergraduates who plan to major or minor in the physical and life sciences, as well as for students pursuing other liberal arts degrees. The department offers majors and minors in chemistry and biochemistry, both approved by the American Chemical Society. 

In a three-year sequence of core courses, students gain familiarity with the basic areas of the field: inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, and biological chemistry.  Extensive laboratory work prepares students for success in graduate or professional research programs.  The department contains modern laboratories designed for coursework and independent projects, and students may undertake independent research projects under faculty guidance during the academic year or over the summer.

Chemistry Department Mission Statement

Chemistry, the study of the formation and properties of molecules and materials, is central to the advancement of science and technology.

As a liberal arts college for women in New York City, Barnard has a special opportunity to promote the education of smart, intellectually curious, and highly motivated young individuals.

Within this context, the chemistry department’s mission is:

  1. To provide a complete chemical education through coursework, laboratory training, and research experience
  2. To develop scientific literacy among Barnard students through a vigorous study of chemistry and biochemistry
  3. To help students develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, written and oral communication, chemical literature, laboratory safety, and teamwork, which will prepare them for their future careers and roles as responsible contributors to their local, national, and global communities
  4. To support faculty and student research, which results in student coauthored, peer-reviewed scientific publications 

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Eligibility Criteria

To be well-prepared for a college like Barnard, it is important to think about the academic community you are hoping to join. Barnard's general education requirements cover a wide range of subjects: literature, the social sciences, language and the arts, lab sciences, and quantitative areas. For this reason, you should acquire a strong foundation in high school, taking courses from the core academic subjects: math, science, English, history, and foreign language. Do your best to take the most rigorous classes available to you in which you can do your best work. For transfer students, our recommendations are similar. Take courses that are recommended to fulfill general requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. If an area is a relative weakness, continue taking that subject while pursuing advanced coursework in areas of relative strength. Remember, we hope to see how you might contribute to our intellectual community, and your choices tell us what kind of a student you will be.

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Course Modules

  • CHEM BC2001x General Chemistry  
  • MATH UN1101x,y Calculus I
  • CHEM BC3230y Organic Chem. I
  •  CHEM BC3328y Organic Chem. I Lab.
  •  MATH UN1102 or UN1201x,y, Calc. II or III
  • CHEM BC3231x Organic Chem. II
  • CHEM BC3333x Mod. Techniques Lab.  
  • CHEM BC3242y Quant. Analysis
  • CHEM BC3338y Quant. & Instr. Tech. Lab.  
  • PHYS BC2001x Mechanics w/ lab
  • PHYS BC2002y Electricity & Magnet. w/ lab
  • CHEM BC3253x Quantum Chemistry  
  • CHEM BC3252y Thermodynamics & Kinetics
  • CHEM BC3348y Adv. Spec. & Analysis Lab.
  • CHEM BC3271y Inorganic Chem.
  • CHEM BC3358y Adv. Chemical Synthesis Lab.
  • CHEM BC3282x Biological Chem. (optional)
  • Elective (at least 3 credits)
  • Senior Requirement: 3901/02 or 3599 (4)

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How to Apply

Submit all supporting materials

  • Request that all official high school and college transcripts be sent to Barnard College along with your high school's profile. Your guidance counselor will also need to submit the School Report.
  • Submit official standardized testing. For more information, please view
  • Submit Teacher Evaluation forms. We require letters from two teachers that taught you in core academic subjects (English, foreign language, history [social science], mathematics, or science) in your final two years of secondary school.
  • Your counselor will submit the mid-year report with your first semester senior grades by March 1st via the common application.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable). In addition to SAT/ACT requirements, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for students whose primary language is not English and who have not been enrolled in a school where English is the primary medium of instruction for four consecutive years

Optional Supplemental Materials

  • Students may choose to complete an on-campus or off-campus interview. For information on how and when to schedule an interview, please visit our admissions interview page. 
  • Students may choose to submit supplementary portfolios (art—including film, photo, drawing, painting, sculpture—music, dance, theatre, or creative writing) for review via Slideroom. 
    Please note: Supplementary material will not be reviewed by Barnard faculty, and unfortunately, during high volume periods, we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

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