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Undergraduate Programs

Chemistry Concentration

Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Chemistry (code 181)

The Chemistry Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Chemistry. Consult with an adviser in the Department of Science Education early to plan a program.

Prospective Chemistry teachers are required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Professional preparation courses may be taken as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Chemistry Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.


Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • ASTR 100 Astronomy (3)
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis (4)
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 160 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
      • NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.
  • Select one pair from the following:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • or
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
  • Select one pair from the following:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
    • or
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
    • CHEM 496 Special Problems in Chemistry (1-3)
    • SCED 403 Integrated Science (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)