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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (code CHEMBA01) (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in chemistry is intended to provide a background in chemistry, but not in the depth required for a bachelor of science degree. This program, when complemented with study in other areas, will serve as preparation for a career in chemical and related industries or secondary science education. The bachelor of arts program is also an appropriate preparation for medical, dental, law, and pharmacy schools. Students may also wish to contact the Health Professions Advising Office in the Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (HSC-164) for additional information and services. In order to take full advantage of the bachelor of arts program for various career objectives, adequate counseling by chemistry advisors is indispensable. Each student must confer with an advisor to set up his/her individually tailored program in chemistry and one or more complementary areas prior to beginning the course of study.

Chemistry majors must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each course required for the major.


Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis (4)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 331 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 361 Chemical Communications (3)
    • CHEM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab (3)
    • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
  • Select one pair from the following:
    • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry (3)
    • or
    • CHEM 377A Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 377B Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
  • Take a minimum of 3 additional units chosen with advisor consultation from the following:
    • CHEM 332, 373, 421, 431, 441A,B, 496

Students must consult an advisor to select additional courses to meet the student's individual goals and interests.