Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Undergraduate Program Overview

Undergrad program overview


Undergrad program Information

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Undergraduate programs:


Chemistry Program Scope

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers an outstanding educational environment for undergraduate and graduate students. The department's degree programs are designed to prepare students for graduate study, health professions programs, and professional careers such as teaching and laboratory positions with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. An important objective is to educate versatile chemists and biochemists who understand the theoretical basis and practical applications of their discipline and are well prepared to succeed in graduate school and professional positions.
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Side-by-side comparison of chemistry majors

The BS Chemistry and BS Biochemistry degrees are designed for those who are interested in a career as a chemist or a biochemist and provide preparation for graduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry or for jobs in the chemical or biochemical industry.  The BA chemistry is designed for those who need a solid background in chemistry for a degree in a closely related field, such as pharmacy or dental school, science education or technical writing.  However, students who earn any of these degrees are eligible for admission to graduate programs, jobs in the biotech industry or medical, dental, pharmacy school or other pre-health program.

BA Chemistry

BS Biochemistry

BS Chemistry

one year of general chemistry with labs
one year of general chemistry with labs
one year of general chemistry with labs
one year of organic chemistry with labs
one year of organic chemistry lecture with first semester of lab
one year of organic chemistry with labs
one year of calculus
one year of calculus
one year of calculus
one year of general college physics with labs
one year of general college physics with labs
one year of physics with calculus


one semester of physics and calculus for chemistry
one semester of quantitative analysis with lab
one semester of quantitative analysis  lecture
one semester of quantitative analysis with lab
one semester of inorganic chemistry

one semester of inorganic chemistry
one semester of general physical chemistry
one year of general physical chemistry
one year of calculus-based physical chemistry
one semester of biochemistry
one year of biochemistry
one semester of biochemistry

one semester of biochemistry lab
one semester of inorganic chemistry lab


one semester of physical chemistry lab
one semester writing in the discipline course
one semester writing in the discipline course
one semester writing in the discipline course
one chemistry lab elective course
12 units of upper division CHEM or BIOL electives including three labs
9 units of upper division CHEM electives

56 total units

72 total units

72 total units

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