The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides an excellent breadth and depth of preparation in Chemistry suitable for obtaining a position at a chemical or pharmaceutical industry, or for admission to graduate school in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Students may select either the general Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or the Biochemistry Option within the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The Biochemistry Option overlaps substantially with the requirements for the minor in Biology and students are encouraged to obtain the Biology minor in addition to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option.

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Lower Division Requirements - 32 units


Students must obtain a grade of C or better in these courses to apply them to the chemistry major.

1. Chemistry


  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I Units:4
  • CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II Units:4
  • CHEM 250 - Quantitative Analysis Units:3
  • CHEM 251 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory Units:1

2. Biology


  • BIOL 201 - Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology Units:4

3. Math


  • MATH 150 - Calculus I Units:4
  • MATH 151 - Calculus II Units:4

4. Physics


Choose one of the following:


  • PHYS 100 - Introduction to Physics I Units:4
  • PHYS 200 - General Physics I Units:4

Choose one of the following:


  • PHYS 101 - Introduction to Physics II Units:4
  • PHYS 201 - General Physics II Units:4

Upper Division Requirements - 31 units


Students must obtain a grade of C or better in these courses to apply them to the chemistry major.

1. Chemistry


  • CHEM 305 - Computer Applications In Chemistry Units:1
  • CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry I Units:3
  • CHEM 312 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory Units:1
  • CHEM 314 - Organic Chemistry II Units:3
  • CHEM 315 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory Units:1
  • CHEM 371 - Physical Chemistry I Units:3
  • CHEM 372 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory Units:1
  • CHEM 460 - Biochemistry I Units:3
  • CHEM 461 - Biochemistry I Lab Units:1
  • CHEM 462 - Biochemistry II Units:3
  • CHEM 463 - Advanced Biochemistry Lab Units:1
  • CHEM 499 - Chemistry Capstone Units:2

2. Biology


  • BIOL 300 - Cell Biology Units:4
  • BIOL 400 - Molecular Biology Units:4

Note:


(Thirteen units of the above requirements will be counted toward lower-division GE Categories B1, B2, B3, & B4)

Upper Division Chemistry Electives - 7 units


Students must obtain a grade of C or better in these courses to apply them to the chemistry major.

A total of seven (7) units of electives from those listed below are needed.  Lab courses are denoted L

1. Independent Study - 0-6 units


No more than a combined total of six (6) units of CHEM 492, CHEM 494, and CHEM 497 may be applied as electives. No more than one CHEM 492 or CHEM 494 may be (by petition) considered a laboratory elective.

  • CHEM 492 - Internship/Service Learning Units:1-3L
  • CHEM 494 - Independent Research Units:1-3L
  • CHEM 497 - Directed Studies Units:1-3

2. Upper Division Chemistry Electives - 0-7 units


  • CHEM 301 - Environmental Chemistry - Atmosphere and Climate Units:3
  • CHEM 302 - Environmental Chemistry - Soil And Water Units:4L
  • CHEM 313 - Organic Chemistry I Problem Solving Units:1
  • CHEM 316 - Organic Chemistry II Problem Solving Units:1
  • CHEM 373 - Physical Chemistry II Units:3
  • CHEM 410 - Advanced Organic Synthesis Units:4L
  • CHEM 415 - Molecular Structure Determination Units:4L
  • CHEM 420 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Units:3
  • CHEM 450 - Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory Units:4L
  • CHEM 465 - Bioinorganic Chemistry Units:4L
  • CHEM 480 - Beer, Wine, And Spirits: The Art And Science Of Fermentation Units:4L
  • CHEM 481 - Entrepreneurship In Science And Technology Units:3
  • CHEM 490 - Special Topics in Chemistry Units:1-3
  • CHEM 491 - Special Laboratory Topics In Chemistry Units:1 - 3L
  • CHEM 496 - Chemistry Seminar Units:1

3. Upper Division Interdisciplinary General Education - 0-3 units


A maximum of three (3) units of upper-division interdisciplinary GE credit (CHEM 330-349 or CHEM 430-449) may be applied as chemistry electives towards the degree.

  • CHEM 330 - The History of Science: Nonwestern Origins and the Western Revolution (Cross-listed as HIST 330) Units:3
  • CHEM 335 - The Chemistry of the Kitchen Units:3L
  • CHEM 341 - Drug Discovery and Development (Cross-listed as ECON 341, BUS 341) Units:3
  • CHEM 343 - Forensic Science Units:3L
  • CHEM 344 - Energy and Society (Cross-listed as PHYS 344) Units:3
  • CHEM 345 - Science/Fiction (Cross-listed as ENGL 345) Units:3

Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements - 50 units


To graduate, students must complete 120 units minimum (40 units must be upper division) including all General Education (GE) and Graduation Requirements .  The following areas must be included:

  • Additional lower division A-E GE requirements not met within the major
  • Nine units of Upper Division Interdisciplinary GE (UDIGE), courses numbered 330-349 or 430-449. Six units may be within the major, 3 units must be outside the major (C or better grades)
  • Multicultural Requirement (C or better grade)
  • Language Requirement (C or better grade)
  • American Institutions Requirement
  • Free electives as needed to meet minimum units for graduation

 

 

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Four-Year Plan to Graduation: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option

First Year

Fall

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4)   (or CHEM 105)
CHEM 123 General Chemistry Problem Solving I (1)   (recommended)
MATH 150 Calculus I (4)   (or MATH 105)
CHEM 150 Critical Thinking for Science Majors
General Education Course (3)

Spring

CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 124 General Chemistry Problem Solving II (1)   (recommended)
MATH 151 Calculus II (4)
BIOL 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
General Education Course (3)

Second Year

Fall

CHEM 250 Quantitative Analysis (3)   (can take this in Spring with lab)
CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry Problem Solving I (1)   (recommended)
PHYS 200 General Physics I (4)   (or PHYS 100)
General Education Course (3)   (or independent research)

Spring

CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry Problem Solving II (1)   (recommended)
PHYS 201 General Physics II (4)   (or PHYS 101)
General Education Course (3)   (or independent research)
General Education Course (3)

Third Year

Fall

CHEM 305 Computer Applications in Chemistry (1)
CHEM 371 Physical Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 372 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
CHEM 374 Physical Chemistry Problem Solving I (1)   (recommended)
CHEM 496 - Chemistry Seminar (1) (recommended)
BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
General Education Course (3)   (or independent research)

Spring

BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
Chemistry Elective (3-4)
CHEM 494 Research (1-3)   (recommended)
General Education Course (3)   (can be UDIGE course)
General Education Course (3)

Fourth Year

Fall

CHEM 460 Biochemistry I (3)
CHEM 461 Biochemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHEM 494 Research (1-3)   (recommended)
Chemistry Elective (3-4)
General Education Course (3)   (or elective course)
General Education Course (3)

Spring

CHEM 462 Biochemistry II (3)
CHEM 463 Biochemistry II Laboratory (1)
CHEM 499 Chemistry Capstone (2)
Chemistry Elective (3-4)
General Education Course (3)   (or elective course)
General Education Course (3)

To maximize University Electives, it is recommended that the nine units of upper-division, interdisciplinary GE courses (numbered 330-349 or 430-449) be taken from those courses marked with an asterisk (*), in order to meet simultaneously Categories A-E and the nine units of Upper-Division GE.

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