Major in Chemistry - Professional Track

The major in Chemistry requires completion of the required and elective courses. A student may repeat no more than three courses, including multiple attempts at the same course, required for the Chemistry major. This includes all foundation courses, as well as required courses and electives for the major.

Professional Track

This track is recommended for those students who wish to obtain a more in-depth view of chemistry. This program is strongly recommended for those who intend to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or a closely related field, or who intend to work in basic or applied research in chemistry or as a chemist in industry. Students electing this track should contact the Department of Chemistry and be assigned an adviser to assist them in designing programs to meet their career needs.

The chemistry courses for this track are the same as for the Chemistry major.

Required Chemistry Courses (35 Units)
CHEM 131GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE3
CHEM 131LGENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 132GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE3
CHEM 132LGENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 210ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 323INORGANIC CHEMISTRY4
CHEM 331
CHEM 332
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
10
CHEM 345PRINCIPLES PHYSICAL CHEM3
CHEM 372Physical Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 351BIOCHEMISTRY I3
Additional Required Courses (26 Units)
CHEM 310INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 4
CHEM 346THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 401SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY1
CHEM 491
CHEM 492
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY I
and INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY II
2
MATH 273
MATH 274
CALCULUS I
and CALCULUS II
8
PHYS 241
PHYS 242
GENERAL PHYSICS I CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II CALCULUS-BASED 1
8
1

PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 may be taken in place of PHYS 241 and PHYS 242, but this is not recommended.

In addition to the required courses listed above, students electing this track must take a minimum of two additional courses (minimum of 6 additional units) from the list of electives given below. These 6 units must include at least one CHEM or FRSC course.

Elective Courses
Select at least 6 units of the following:6
BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
BIOCHEMISTRY II
SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CHEMISTRY I 1
ADVANCED LECTURE TOPICS
ADVANCED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES
APPLICATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY I 1
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY II 1
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY III 1
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY IV 1
GENETICS 2
CELL BIOLOGY 2
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 2
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY 2
IMMUNOLOGY 2
VIROLOGY 2
DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHM ANALYSIS 2
SCIENTIFIC MODELING & SIMULATION 2
ORGANIZATIONAL DATABASE MANAGEMENT 2
CHEMISTRY OF DANGEROUS DRUGS
FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY 2
MINERALOGY 2
HYDROGEOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL METHODS
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
SCIENTIFIC MODELNG AND SIMULATION 2
INTRO TO BIOINFORMATICS
ADVANCED BIOINFORMATICS 2
INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
MODERN PHYSICS I
ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM 2
1

A maximum of 1 unit of CHEM 391 and a maximum of 2 units of CHEM 391 and CHEM 491/CHEM 494 may be used for elective credit.

2

Course has prerequisite(s) not listed among the required courses above.

CHEM 301 is suggested as a course to fulfill the Core 9 of the Core Curriculum requirements. Students may also wish to consider taking courses such as COSC 236, two terms of a foreign language, or courses in business or economics, depending on their interests and career goals.

Students selecting this track should plan their college careers carefully because not all the advanced chemistry courses are offered every term. A long-term schedule for these courses may be obtained from the Department of Chemistry. Advanced chemistry electives are offered periodically, subject to adequate enrollment.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 1313CHEM 1323
CHEM 131L1CHEM 132L1
MATH 2734MATH 2744
PHYS 211 or 2414PHYS 212 or 2424
ENGL 102 (Core 2)3TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
 Core3
 15 18
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 2105CHEM 3325
CHEM 3315Core 3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 16 14
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3104CHEM 3234
CHEM 3513CHEM 4911-3
Elective 11-4Elective 21-4
Core3Core3
Non-Major Elective3Core/Non-Major Elective3
 14-17 12-17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3453CHEM 3463
CHEM 4011CHEM 3722
Elective 32-3Non-Major Elective3
Core/Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Core/Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
 15-16 17
Total Units 121-130

1. Explain important chemical concepts and solve chemical problems by application of relevant concepts and analytical tools.
2. Design an experiment to test a hypothesis or theory in chemistry, and collect and interpret experimental data within the framework of the appropriate chemical theory.
3. Prepare written laboratory reports in a journal format that provide a description of the experiment, explain the experiment and reasoning clearly and provide an appropriate conclusion. Students will be able to give oral presentations on topics in chemistry.
4. Use computer resources effectively.