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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (code CHEMBS01) (124 units)

The bachelor of science degree program is intended to provide a thorough background in chemistry for those planning to pursue careers as professional chemists or to do graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry. This program, when supplemented with study in other appropriate areas, can serve as preparation for admission to the health professional schools (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.). Each student should consult with a faculty advisor to plan his or her individual program. 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.

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

Students Desiring Entrance into a Health Professions Program

Students desiring entrance into one of the various health-related professional schools should consult with the Health Professions Advising Office in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (HSCI-164) for more information. Most of the these schools do not require students to major in any particular discipline and many favor applicants who have earned a baccalaureate; rather, they want students who have done well in their major and who also took the prerequisite courses required by that particular school.


Lower Division:

  • Either take all of the following:
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
      • NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.
  • Or one of the following:
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • BIOL 205 Human Biology (4)
    • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
  • 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)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • PHYS 254 Applied Modern Physics (3)
    • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Modern Physics (1)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 331 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 332 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (2)
    • CHEM 361 Chemical Communications (3)
    • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 373 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Lab (3)
    • CHEM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab (3)
    • CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
  • Take an additional 3 units of upper division chemistry electives including at least one unit of CHEM 496. CH E 330, 425, 430, or 475 may be used as chemistry electives.

Students are also advised to take one or more additional courses in mathematics, such as MATH 247, 364A, 370A, 380.