Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program is certified by Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.  It is designed for the student who plans a career in chemistry or a related field upon graduation or plans to go on to graduate school in the chemical sciences.  It is also an option for students interested in medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, clinical laboratory science, forensics, environmental science, as well as industries such as petrochemicals, instrumentation, food, nutraceuticals, or cosmetics.  The program provides foundational course work in the sub-disciplinary areas of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and biochemistry with cognate course work in biology, mathematics and physics.  A concentration in biochemistry or chemistry is required.  

The chemistry option requires in-depth courses in instrumental analysis, an inorganic chemistry lab, materials or polymer chemistry, one upper-division chemistry elective, and completion of a senior project.  The biochemistry option requires additional biology and biochemistry course and laboratory work, and may be more appropriate for students interested in the biotech industry, medical, or pharmacy school. 

Note the following:  BS Chemistry majors pursuing a Chemistry Concentration will fulfill the Upper Division Scientific Inquiry GE B5 requirement by taking the following courses:  CHEM 3200, CHEM 4550, and either CHEM 5850 or CHEM 5860.

BS Chemistry majors pursuing a Biochemistry Concentration will fulfill the Upper Division Scientific Inquiry GE B5 requirement by taking the following courses: CHEM 3200, CHEM 4750, and CHEM 5700.

Requirements (80-81 units)

Total units required for graduation: 120

Requirements for the ​B.S. Chemistry

Lower-division requirements (37)
BIOL 2010Principles of Biology I5
CHEM 2100General Chemistry I4
CHEM 2100LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 2200General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2200LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
MATH 2210Calculus I4
MATH 2220Calculus II4
MATH 2310Applied Linear Algebra4
PHYS 2500General Physics I4
PHYS 2500LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PHYS 2510General Physics II4
PHYS 2510LGeneral Physics II Lab1
Upper-division requirements (19)
CHEM 3200Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3400Principles of Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 3500Principles of Organic Chemistry II5
Note: The organic chemistry requirement may be met with the following five courses (13 units) instead of Chem 3400 and Chem 3500:
Organic Chemistry I Lecture
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
CHEM 4100Biochemistry I3
CHEM 4100LBiochemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 5800Chemistry Seminar1
CHEM 5990Undergraduate Comprehensive Examination0
Select one of the following two concentrations to complete the major (24-25)24 or 25
Total Units80-81

Concentrations (24-25 units)

Chemistry Concentration (24-25 units)

(Program Code: CHEM)

Choose one of the following:3 or 4
Differential Equations with Dynamical Systems I
Multivariable Calculus
CHEM 4300Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 4400Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 4500Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 4550Physical Chemistry Laboratory1
Choose one of the following:2
Polymer Science
Materials Chemistry
CHEM 5200Instrumental Analysis5
Choose one of the following:1
Chemistry Senior Project
Chemistry Senior Research
Elective: Choose at least 2 units from the following list: 2
Biochemistry II
Topics in Chemistry
Topics in Chemistry Laboratory
Topics in Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Atmospheric Chemistry
Chemistry of the Elements
Medicinal Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Internship in Chemistry
Internship in Chemistry
Internship in Chemistry
Directed Laboratory Research
Directed Laboratory Research
Directed Laboratory Research
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Additionally either CHEM 5100 or 5150 may be taken to meet this requirement provided that this course was not taken to satisfy an above requirement.
Total Units24-25

Biochemistry Concentration (25 units)

(Program Code: CBIO)

BIOL 2020Principles of Biology II5
Choose one upper-division biology course from the following:4
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
CHEM 4200Biochemistry II3
CHEM 4200LBiochemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 4350Bioinorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4600Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I3
CHEM 4700Physical Chemistry for Biochemists II3
CHEM 4750Physical Chemistry for Biochemists Laboratory1
CHEM 5700Biochemistry III Laboratory2
Total Units25