2020 New Admitted Student Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry

Congratulations on your recent admission offer! A well-deserved achievement. We certainly appreciate your interest in coming to UC Davis, and we are very excited about the prospect of having you join our academic family this upcoming Fall.

We hope that you have already attended many of the university's programs featured throughout its Aggie Experience Live (April 6-20, 2020), an exploration of all that UC Davis has to offer. From academics, campus living, student involvement, sports and recreation, and all points in between.  A lot of good information is being shared to learn about our communities, programs, and resources.

To help you get better acquainted with the Department of Chemistry, we have provided you with this comprehensive look at our undergraduate programs and how opportunities for academic and personal growth are not always accomplished in our classrooms and laboratories. And for any questions you have about us, feel free to write to chemundergrads@ucdavis.edu.

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Degrees in Chemistry

You have the flexibility to pursue an A.B. or B.S. degree in Chemistry. Our A.B. degree offers a substantive program in chemistry while allowing students the freedom to take more courses in other disciplines and to pursue a broad liberal arts education. Students who have a deeper interest in chemistry normally elect one of the several programs leading to the B.S. degree. Our standard B.S. program, accredited by the American Chemical Society, provides students with a more rigorous scientific preparation, or you may choose to specialize in an area such as chemical physics, forensic, environmental, or pharmaceutical chemistry.

After completing required initial sequences in chemistry, physics and calculus, you will begin working with more advanced topics such as physical chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and analytical and laboratory methods. In addition to taking courses in these disciplinary areas of upper-division study, many students incorporate undergraduate research and/or the pursuit of internships as part of the curriculum. Including such experiences to your studies can offer insight into career possibilities within specific research fields and lead to publication opportunities. 

BS in Applied Chemistry (Environmental)

BS in Applied Chemistry (Forensics)

BS in Chemistry (American Chemical Society Accredited)

BS in Chemical Physics

BS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

AB in Chemistry

Minor in Chemistry


Academic Support Resources

Student success is among our top priorities. It is our mission to ensure that students are not only receiving sound advising from our award-winning staff and peers, but that they are also provided with a solid support system via tutoring and mentorship.

Academic Advising and Student Affairs - All of our majors are encouraged to meet with our staff and peer advisors to review their academic plans towards graduation, discuss how to get involved with research, or share in moments of stress or distress. Led by Kate Creveling and Perry Gee, advising sessions are offered throughout the year either by appointment or drop-in.

Academic Assistance and Tutoring Center (AATC) - AATC is committed to helping students throughout spring quarter. The team of Specialists, Tutors, Student Assistants, and Staff are working to provide the services you have come to depend on for your academic success.

Chemistry Peer Mentoring Program (CPMP) - This program aims at helping first-year undergraduate and first-year transfer students majoring in chemistry transition into college life at UC Davis. The goal is to provide new incoming students, especially first-generation and underrepresented minorities, with guidance and resources to have a successful first year directly from their peers.

Peer Learning Assistance Program in Chemistry - Our peer learning assistants have helped countless numbers of students better understand and engage with their upper-division study in chemistry. This program was created because we recognized that academic resources in these areas -- outside of instructor and/or TA office hours -- were not readily available to students who needed additional support. We have provided help in the area of organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and pharmaceutical chemistry. 

STEM CaféSTEM Café is a program hosted by the Women’s Resources and Research Center (WRRC) with the goal of providing a friendly, collaborative, and informal setting for students in STEM classes to work on homework or discuss the subject. STEM Café is open to all students, regardless of gender.


Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Undergraduate research looks great on your transcript and resume. Most employers and graduate programs in chemistry strongly recommend, if not require, some prior independent research experience. It may also offer insights into career possibilities by giving you an idea of what research fields interest you.

We have a diverse and interdisciplinary group of faculty, students, postdocs, and staff engaged in a wide breadth of research.  Here you can explore many different areas of chemistry, including biofuels, nucleic acids, glycoscience, metabolic engineering, imaging, metalloenzymes, reaction kinetics, spectroscopy, natural product synthesis, nanomaterials, medicinal chemistry, protein structure, vaccine design, and more.

We also encourage and support research that transcends traditional academic boundaries by bringing together scholars from different areas of study who share our interest in the chemical sciences, such as the School of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Biological Sciences, and Genome Center.

CHE 99, 199 and 199H are independent study options that allow you to conduct state-of-the-art scientific investigations under the supervision of one of our faculty members. These units may be used towards your chemistry major requirements.

Faculty Research Areas

Research Highlights and Journal Features


Undergraduate Conferences in Chemistry

We are one of --- if not the only --- academic department at UC Davis who hosts four unique undergraduate conferences. These outlets have historically helped students showcase their research projects to wide audiences in respected STEM fields or introduced them to career professionals who are poised to offer jobs or internships.

R. Bryan Miller Symposium

Richard Larock Undergraduate Research Conference

Inorganic Symposium

Career Conference in Chemistry


Department Affiliated Student Clubs

ACS Chemistry Club at UC Davis - Get involved with outreach events, such as the famous Picnic Day Magic Show, and meet others excited about chemistry! Join the email list to get information about meetings and events by writing to ucdchemclubpres@gmail.com.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - SACNAS is the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization in the country. We have the largest diversity in STEM conference, the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary national student chapter network, and the largest cohort of diverse emerging STEM leaders.


Student Outreach and Engagement

The Department of Chemistry is committed to outreach and engagement. It is a way for us to bring our faculty, lecturers, post-docs, students (undergraduate and graduate), and staff together to inform and educate as well as to entertain and create community. Professional networks are born from these activities as are long-lasting friendships.


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Edible Chemistry: Science of Tea

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Our Campus Partners and Resources

Health Professional Advising - Attend workshops to learn about paths to take towards the career you’re considering and meet with advisers to learn about professional school requirements and more.

Calteach/MAST - The UC Davis CalTeach/Mathematics and Science Teaching Program (CalTeach/MAST) provides students with opportunities to explore careers in K-12 mathematics and science education while completing their degree in a STEM field. CalTeach/MAST offers seminar/internship courses that will expose you to teaching methods and practices in local area elementary, middle or high school classrooms. Our courses will give you the opportunity to acquire required internship hours to enter a teacher education credential program at either a UC or CSU campus. 

Undergraduate Research CenterUC Davis is one of the top research universities.  Undergraduates work with top-notch faculty committed to the mission of "Learning, Discovery and Engagement" across all majors.  

Internship and Career Center - There are many resources to help you find what you need, such as a job or internship or help with writing your resume.

Center for Student InvolvementThe Center for Student Involvement empowers students to get involved and to author their own experience through meaningful co-curricular engagement. We purposefully cultivate an environment that enables students to access the resources they need to develop a sense of belonging while discovering their passion.

Student Health and Counseling Services - UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services or SHCS provides a wide variety of medical, mental health and wellness services to all registered UC Davis students regardless of insurance coverage. Most services are provided through scheduled appointments, however acute care (services without appointments) for acute medical and mental health needs are also available. Services are provided at two primary locations: The Student Health and Wellness Center and North Hall.

Global Learning Hub (Study Abroad) - The Global Learning Hub can help you find the perfect program to help you achieve your academic goals and provide you with an experience you will never forget! Take the time to ask the question, “Why Study Abroad?” and explore the possibilities of studying in a foreign place to expand your potential.

LGBTQIA Resource CenterThe LGBTQIA Resource Center promotes education as well as space for self-exploration about all sexes, genders and orientations and their intersections with other identities. The LGBTQIA Resource Center values and honors that we are complex, multifaceted, and whole individuals.

AB540 and Undocumented Student Center - The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center at UC Davis strives to empower undocumented students, their families and members of the community in being informed leaders and active participants in our communities. The Center strives to educate and build awareness of changing policies affecting California's undocumented population. 


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