Major in Chemistry

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 or minor. This includes all foundation courses, as well as required courses and electives for the major and minor.

This major is recommended for students who intend to teach in secondary schools, or to work in hospital laboratories, technical libraries, chemical or instrument sales, or related professions. Students who plan to pursue chemically oriented careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, environmental science, agriculture or other allied fields should also consider this major. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in chemistry, or to enter a career in the chemical industry should consider the Professional Track. Students who plan to teach in secondary schools should elect the Chemistry major or Chemistry Secondary Education Concentration. The Chemistry major makes a good double major for students in the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, or Environmental Science and Studies (Environmental Chemistry Track) programs, as well as majors in Biology, Geology and Physics.

Students should contact the Department of Chemistry and be assigned an adviser to assist them in designing programs to meet their career needs.

The Chemistry major consists of 35 units of required chemistry courses, 15-16 units of additional required courses and 6 units of elective courses for a total of 56-57 units. 

Required Chemistry Courses
CHEM 131
131L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 132
132L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
4
CHEM 220
220L
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY [LECTURE]
and ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY [LAB]
5
CHEM 323INORGANIC CHEMISTRY4
CHEM 331
CHEM 332
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
10
CHEM 345PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY3
CHEM 351BIOCHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 372PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
Additional Required Courses
MATH 231BASIC STATISTICS3-4
or MATH 237 ELEMENTARY BIOSTATISTICS
or MATH 274 CALCULUS II
MATH 273CALCULUS I4
PHYS 211
PHYS 212
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED 1
8
Total Units50-51
1

PHYS 241 and PHYS 242 may be taken in place of PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must complete a minimum of 6 additional units of electives.  At least 2 units must be selected from Elective Group A.  The remaining units can be selected from either Elective Group A or Elective Group B.

Elective Courses6
Elective Group A (minimum 2 units):
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 1
BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
BIOCHEMISTRY II
ADVANCED LECTURE TOPICS
ADVANCED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES
APPLICATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY
HONORS THESIS IN CHEMISTRY
CHEMISTRY OF DANGEROUS DRUGS
FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
FORENSIC ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
Elective Group B
SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CHEMISTRY I
INTERNSHIP IN CHEMISTRY
COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN CHEMISTRY
RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY
CELL BIOLOGY 1
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 1
IMMUNOLOGY 1
VIROLOGY 1
MINERALOGY 1
HYDROGEOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL METHODS 1
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 1
EXPERIMENTAL MATHEMATICS 1
INTRO TO BIOINFORMATICS
ADVANCED BIOINFORMATICS 1
INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 1
MODERN PHYSICS I 1
THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETIC THEORY
ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM 1
Total Units6
1

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

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 131
131L (Core 7/8)
4CHEM 132
132L (Core 7/8)
4
MATH 273 (Core 3)4Select one of the following:3-4
Core 1 (or Core 2)3
Core 43
Core 53
 Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 Core 63
 17 13-14
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 220
220L
5CHEM 3325
CHEM 3315PHYS 212 or 2424
PHYS 211 or 2414Core 103
Core 93Core 113
 17 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 351 or 3233CHEM 323 or 3514
CHEM 3453CHEM 3722
Core 123Core 143
Core 133Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Elective Group A3Elective Group B3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 122-123
  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.