The Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry prepares students for careers as professional chemists and serves as a foundation for careers in other fields such as biology and medicine. The curriculum offers a thorough fundamental knowledge of the major fields of chemistry, covering the general areas of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, plus many more specialized courses including analytical, nuclear, and biophysical chemistry and chemical biology. Students gain laboratory experience in inorganic and organic synthesis, analytical methods, physical chemical measurements, spectroscopy, biochemical engineering, and chemical methods in nuclear technology. Undergraduates are encouraged to take full advantage of the scientific opportunities available in the department by joining a research group.
In addition, the department offers a Materials Chemistry concentration intended for students interested in the application of basic chemical principles to the discovery, design, and characterization of materials.
Transfer students normally begin the upper division Chemistry program after having completed courses equivalent to Chemistry 1A, 1AL, 1B, 3A, 3AL, 3B, 3BL; Math 1A, 1B, 53; Physics 7A; English R1A, R1B; and most of the Breadth requirement.
Suggested Sequence of Courses
|Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry / Transfer Program (2 year)|
|Third Year (Junior)||Fall||Spring|
|Chemistry 15 (Fall only) or Chemistry 105 (Spring only)*||3||4|
|Chemistry 104A (F), 104B (S) -- Inorganic||3||3|
|Physics 7B / Math 54§||4||-|
|Fourth Year (Senior)
|Chemistry 125 (F)*** -- Physical Chemistry lab||3||-|
|Chemistry lab requirement (105, 108, 115, or 146)||-||3-4|
|Chemistry 120B (F)**||3||-|
|Allied Subjects (needs to add up to 12 units total)||3-4||3-4|
|*New transfer students in Chemistry and Chemical Biology may opt out of taking Chemistry 15 (Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 3 units). Students who opt out of Chem 15 will be required to take Chemistry 105 (Instrumental Methods in Analytical Chemistry, 4 units) in Spring to satisfy the analytical chemistry requirement. Chem 105 is a considerably more advanced course. Please review the Chem 15 list of lecture & lab topics and these guidelines for choosing Chem 15 vs. Chem 105.|
|**Chemistry 120A and 120B should be taken in sequence.|
|***Chemistry C182 may be substituted for Chem 125|
|§ Physics 89 may be substituted for Math 54|