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.

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

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option (120 units)

Lower Division Requirements (36 units)

  1. Chemistry
    CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4)
    CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
    CHEM 250 Quantitative Analysis (3)
    CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)

  2. Biology
    BIOL 200 Principles of Organismal & Population Biology (4)
    BIOL 201 Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology (4)

  3. Math
    MATH 150 Calculus I (4)
    MATH 151 Calculus II (4)

  4. Physics
    Choose one of the following:
    PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics I (4)
    PHYS 200 General Physics I (4)

    Choose one of the following:
    PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics
    PHYS 201 General Physics (4)

Upper Division Requirements (31 units)

  1. Chemistry
    CHEM 305 Computer Applications in Chemistry (1)
    CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
    CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
    CHEM 371 Physical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 372 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    CHEM 460 Biochemistry I (3)
    CHEM 461 Biochemistry I Laboratory (1)
    CHEM 462 Biochemistry II (3)
    CHEM 463 Biochemistry II Laboratory (1)
    CHEM 499 Chemistry Capstone (2)

  2. Biology
    BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)

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

Upper Division Chemistry Electives (3 units)

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

CHEM 301 Environmental Chemistry - Atmosphere and Climate (3)
CHEM 302 Environmental Chemistry - Water and Soil (4) L
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I Learning Community (1)
CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II Learning Community (1)
CHEM 330 The History of Science: Non-Western Origins and the Western Revolution (HIST) (3) I
CHEM 335 The Chemistry of the Kitchen (3) L, I
CHEM 341 Drug Discovery and Development (BUS/ECON) (3) I
CHEM 343 Forensic Science (3) L, I
CHEM 344 Energy and Society (3) I
CHEM 373 Physical Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 410 Advanced Organic Synthesis (4) L
CHEM 415 Molecular Structure Determination (4) L
CHEM 420 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 450 Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory (4) L
CHEM 465 Bioinorganic Chemistry (4) L
CHEM 490 Special Topics in Chemistry (1-3)
CHEM 491 Special Laboratory Topics in Chemistry (1-3)
CHEM 492 Internship/ Service Learning (1-3) L, R
CHEM 494 Independent Research (1-3) L, R
CHEM 497 Directed Studies (1-3)

I Upper-division interdisciplinary GE credit (CHEM 330- 349 or CHEM 430-449) may be applied as chemistry electives towards the degree.

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

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses (42 units)

American Institutions Requirement (6)
Other Courses in GE Categories A-E (36)
Electives in Any Discipline (5)

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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)
BIOL 200 Principles of Organismal and Population Biology (4)
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)
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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