Chemistry + Business Degree

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Introducing the CoC/Haas Simultaneous Degree

Are you fascinated with the chemical sciences and passionate about innovation? Does your interest in energy, chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, or biotechnology include a penchant for entrepreneurialism? Have you secretly wondered whether it's possible to study chemistry, chemical biology, or chemical engineering AND business? The answer is YES.

In partnership with UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the College of Chemistry offers the possibility of completing a simultaneous degree in chemistry, chemical biology, or chemical engineering and business. A simultaneous degree involves the pursuit of two majors in two different colleges or schools at UC Berkeley. Students completing a simultaneous degree must satisfy all requirements for both majors.

Bridging the worlds of chemistry or chemical engineering and business provides a unique opportunity to develop multidimensional perspectives and to make interesting connections across fields and categories. Some advantages of pursuing the simultaneous degree may include:

  • Whether you start at the bench or as a business analyst, you'll be well-positioned for advancement in roles that blend science/tech and business
  • You'll be sought after by startups that involve chemistry, chemical biology, or chemical engineering
  • If you plan to go to graduate school, many programs will value the breadth and depth of your training and will know you're capable of doing rigorous, intensive work

Please note: Simultaneous degree candidates must apply to the Haas School of Business after completing the prerequisites. Admission to Haas is VERY competitive and NOT GUARANTEED.

Finally, simultaneous degrees demand a LOT of work! Most students are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices (e.g. limiting involvement in extra-curricular activities, study abroad, internships, etc.). Please review the simultaneous degree curriculum below and FAQ carefully; College of Chemistry and Haas advisers are available to answer your questions.


Degree Paths


Chemistry + Business Plan A  (with AP credits)

Chemistry + Business Plan B  (without AP credits)


Chemistry + Business Plan A


PLAN A — For students with extensive AP credits upon admission


Freshman Year FALL | 17 Units

  • CHEM 4A, General/Analytical Chemistry (4 units)
  • MATH 53, Multivar Calculus (4 units)
  • ECON 1, Intro to Econ (4 units)
  • CHEM 96, Intro to Research (1 unit)
  • R1B, Reading & Comp B (4 units)

Freshman Year SPRING | 18-19 Units

  • CHEM 4B, General/Analytical Chemistry (4 units)
  • MATH 54, Lin Alg / Diff Eq (4 units)
  • PHYSICS 7A1, Physics for Sci & Eng (4 units)
  • UGBA 10, Princip Business (3 units)
  • Soc & Beh Sci Br/AC* (3-4 units)

Sophomore Year FALL | 16-17 Units

  • CHEM 12A, Organic Chemistry (5 units)
  • PHYSICS 7B, Physics for Sci & Eng (4 units)
  • Hist Studies Br* (3-4 units)
  • Bio Sci Breadth* (3-4 units)

Sophomore Year SPRING | 14-17 Units

  • CHEM 12B, Organic Chemistry (5 units)
  • Allied Subject* (3-4 units)
  • Phil &Values Br/AC* (3-4 units)
  • Stat 21, Intro Prob Stat Busi or Stat 134, Concepts of Prob (4 units)

Junior Year FALL |19-20 Units

  • CHEM 104A, Inorganic Chem (3 units)
  • CHEM 120A, Physical Chemistry (3 units)
  • UGBA 100, Business Comm (2 units)
  • UGBA 101A, Microecon Analy (3 units)
  • UGBA 105, Leading People (3 units)
  • Int'l Stud Breadth* (3-4 units)
  • Upper Division UGBA Elective* (2-3 units)

Junior Year SPRING | 18-19 Units

  • CHEM 104B, Inorganic Chem (3 units)
  • Allied Subject* (3-4 units)
  • UGBA 101B, Macroecon Analy (3 units)
  • UGBA 102A, Intro Finan Accounting (3 units)
  • UGBA 107, Social Polit Ethic Env (3 units)
  • Upper Division UGBA Elective* (3 units)

Senior Year FALL | 17-18 Units

  • CHEM 120B, Physical Chemistry (3 units)
  • CHEM 105, 108, 115 or 146 Chem Lab course (3-4 units)
  • UGBA 102B, Intro Managerial Accounting (3 units)
  • UGBA 103, Intro Finance (4 units)
  • UGBA 104, Spreadsheet Modeling (3 units)

Senior Year SPRING | 18-21 Units

  • CHEM 125, Phys Chem Lab (3 units)
  • Allied Subject * (3-4 units)
  • Chem Elective * (3-4 units)
  • UGBA 106, Marketing (3 units)
  • Arts & Lit Br/AC * (3-4 units)
  • Upper Division UGBA Elective * (3 units)

High School Prerequisites for Plan A

Course work that fulfills the Foreign Language Requirement

Course work that fulfills the American History & Institutions Requirement

AP Exam score or prior course work that fulfills MATH 1A and MATH 1B. (For Haas, AP Calc fulfills only the 1st half of the Calc requirement, but MATH 53 fulfills the 2nd half.)

AP Exam score or prior course work that fulfills R&C 1A

Notes for Plan A

* Elective Choice

1 PHYSICS 7A satisfies the Seven Course Breadth: Physical Science requirement for the Haas School of Business

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Chemistry + Business Plan B


PLAN B — For students without extensive AP credits upon admission


Freshman Year FALL | 17 Units

  • CHEM 4A or 1A/L1, General/Analytical Chemistry (4 units)
  • MATH 1A, Calculus (4 units)
  • ECON 1, Intro to Econ (4 units)
  • R1A, Reading & Comp A (4 units)
  • CHEM 96, Intro Research (1 unit)

Freshman Year SPRING | 15 Units

  • CHEM 4B, General/Analytical Chemistry (4 units)
  • MATH 1B, Calculus (4 units)
  • UGBA 10, Princip Business (3 units)
  • R1B, Reading & Comp B (4 units)

Freshman Year SUMMER | 7-8 Units

  • PHYSICS 7A2 (4 units)
  • Soc & Beh Sci Br/AC* (3-4 units)

Sophomore Year FALL | 17 Units

  • CHEM 12A, Organic Chemistry (5 units)
  • MATH 53, Multivar Calculus (4 units)
  • PHYSICS 7B, Physics for Sci & Eng (4 units)
  • Hist Studies/AC* (3-4 units)

Sophomore Year SPRING | 15-17 Units

  • CHEM 12B, Organic Chemistry (5 units)
  • MATH 54, Lin Alg / Diff Eq (4 units)
  • STAT 21, Intro Prob Stat Busi or STAT 134, Concepts of Prob (4 units)
  • Allied Subject* (3-4 units)

Sophomore Year SUMMER | 7-8 units

  • Bio Sci Br  (4 units)
  • Phil & Values Br/AC* (3-4 units)

Junior Year FALL | 19-20 Units

  • CHEM 104A, Inorganic Chem (3 units)
  • CHEM 120A, Physical Chemistry (3 units)
  • UGBA 100, Business Comm (2 units)
  • UGBA 101A, Microecon Analy (3 units)
  • UGBA 105, Leading People (3 units)
  • Int'l Stud Breadth* (3-4 units)
  • Upper Division UGBA Elective* (2-3 units)

Junior Year SPRING | 18-19 Units

  • CHEM 104B, Inorganic Chem (3 units)
  • Allied Subject* (3-4 units)
  • UGBA 101B, Macroecon Analy (3 units)
  • UGBA 102A, Intro Finan Accounting (3 units)
  • UGBA 107, Social, Polit, Ethic Env (3 units)
  • Upper Division UGBA Elective* (3 units)

Senior Year FALL | 17-18 Units

  • CHEM 120B, Physical Chemistry (3 units)
  • CHEM 105, 108, 115 or 146, Chem Lab course (3-4 units)
  • UGBA 102B, Intro Managerial Accounting (3 units)
  • UGBA 103, Intro Finance (4 units)
  • UGBA 104, Spreadsheet Modeling (3 units)

Senior Year SPRING | 18-21 Units

  • CHEM 125, Phys Chem Lab (3 units)
  • Chem Elective* (3-4 units)
  • Allied Subject* (3-4 units)
  • UGBA 106, Marketing (3 units)
  • Arts & Lit Br/AC* (3-4 units)
  • Upper Division UGBA Elective* (3 units)

High School Prerequisites for Plan B

Course work that fulfills the Foreign Language Requirement

Course work that fulfills the American History & Institutions Requirement

Notes for Plan B

* Elective Choice

1 CHEM 1A (3 units) + 1AL ​(1 unit, lab) is recommended for students who did not take AP Chemistry in high school

2 PHYSICS 7A satisfies the Seven Course Breadth: Physical Science requirement for the Haas School of Business

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