Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

The Chemistry Department offers two majors—chemistry and biochemistry. The chemistry major requires a minimum of ten units, and the biochemistry major requires a minimum of nine and one-half units in chemistry, plus appropriate cognate courses. Either major is appropriate for students interested in advanced study in chemistry or biochemistry or for careers in other fields such as medicine and health sciences, law, business or education.Consult a member of the Chemistry Department for suggestions of appropriate courses for graduate school preparation.

In either major, the timing of the course sequence is crucial, and students should consult with a member of the Chemistry Department as early as possible in the planning of their major.

COMMON CORE
Chem 121: Structure and Equilibrium
Chem 123: Inorganic Chemistry: Introduction
Chem 206: Chemical Analysis
Chem 211: Organic Chemistry: Structure, Stability and Mechanism
Chem 212: Organic Chemistry: Mechanism and Synthesis
Chem 301: Chemical Energetics and Kinetics

Chemistry Major
Additional required courses in chemistry (4 units)
Chem 321: Advanced Synthesis Laboratory (1 unit)
Chem 327: Advanced Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1 unit)
Chem 340: Physical Chemistry (1 unit)
Chem 350: Advanced Organic Chemistry (1/2 unit) or Chem 353: Spectroscopy (1/2 unit)
Chem 356: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (1/2 unit)
Required cognate courses (4 units):
One year of calculus (Mathematics 141, 143 or equivalent)
One year of physics, preferably Physics 167-168 (115-116 is acceptable)

Biochemistry Major
Additional required courses in chemistry (3 1/2 units)
Chem 321: Advanced Synthesis Laboratory (1 unit) or Chem 327: Advanced Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1 unit)
Chem 323: Advanced Laboratory: Biochemistry (1 unit)
Chem 337: Biochemistry (1 unit)
Chem 351: Biophysical Chemistry (1/2 unit)
Required cognate courses (4 units):
One semester of calculus (Mathematics 141 or equivalent)
One year of physics (Physics 115-116 or 167-168)
Biology 300. Those intending to pursue professional careers in biochemistry should, in consultation with their adviser, consider taking an additional 300-level biology course with a lab.

  • All chemistry courses required for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis. Students who intend to apply for entrance into medical or dental schools should not take basic chemistry courses on a credit/no credit basis, and students majoring in other sciences are strongly discouraged from doing so.
  • The department expects that chemistry and biochemistry majors will complete the Chemistry 206 requirement no later than the end of the junior year because this course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Laboratory series.
American Chemical Society certified major: The Chemistry Department is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). In order to graduate as an ACS-certified chemistry major, students must take all of the courses in the chemistry major plus Chemistry 337, both Chemistry 350 and 353, Mathematics 141 and 143, and Physics 167 and 168. Course substitutions may be made only with prior approval of the Chemistry Department.

Requirements for Minor

  • Five units in chemistry: 121, 123, 206, 211, and either 301 or 337.
  • Two units in cognate areas: one semester of calculus (Mathematics 141 or equivalent), one semester of physics (Physics 115 or 167). Two semesters of physics are recommended.
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a numerical grade.

Requirements for Major with Secondary Education Certification

  • Eight and one-half units in chemistry. The Chemistry Department offers two majors, either of which may be used as a teaching major. The majors share a common core consisting of the following: 121, 123, 206, 211, 212 and 301. In addition to these six units, the required courses are: Chemistry Major: 321 (or 327), 340 and one-half unit chosen from 350, 353 or 356 (356 is normally recommended) or Biochemistry Major: 323, 337, 351 and one unit of biology numbered above 300 (except 391 and 392).
  • Four units in cognate areas: Two semesters of calculus (Mathematics 141, 143 or equivalent), two semesters of physics (Physics 115-116 or 167-168).
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Minor with Secondary Education Certification

  • Five units in chemistry: 121, 123, 211, 301, plus one unit from 200, 206, 212 or 337.
  • Two units in cognate areas: One semester of calculus (Mathematics 141 or equivalent), one semester of physics (Physics 115 or 167).
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Interdisciplinary Major in Integrated Science with Elementary Education Certification

Students interested in pursuing elementary education certification may wish to consider an interdisciplinary major in integrated science. The integrated science major is primarily intended for students seeking a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of the natural sciences. Students completing a major in integrated science are required to take courses in all the natural sciences and also to choose a minor in biology, chemistry, geology or physics. The detailed requirements for the major are provided in this catalog or are available from the Education Department.