B.S. in Chemistry

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ACS LogoThe general B.S. degree in Chemistry is the one chemistry program offered by our department that is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students in this program pursue a strong foundation in math and physics, in addition to chemistry, taking the higher level sequences of all course options. This degree provides a strong foundation in experimental processes, instrumentation, and quantitative analysis. Students will be well-prepared to apply their chemistry knowledge to a wide array of applications, including environmental, pharmaceutical, materials, and industrial chemistry.

Graduates will be able to successfully pursue their career objectives in advanced education in professional and/or graduate schools, a scientific career in government or industry, a teaching career in the school systems or other related career tracks.


Preparatory Subject Matter: 53-54 Units

  • Chemistry: 
    • 4A-4B-4C
  • Mathematics: 
    • MAT 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D,
    • MAT 22A & 22AL or MAT/BIS 27A
    • MAT 22B or MAT/BIS 27B
  • Physics: 
    • PHY 9A, 9B, 9C (9D recommended)


Depth Subject Matter: 54 Units

  • Analytical Chemistry: 
    • CHE 105, 115, 125
  • Biochemistry: 
    • CHE 108
  • Inorganic Chemistry: 
    • CHE 124A, 124L
    • CHE 124B or 124C
  • Organic Chemistry: 
    • CHE 128A-128B-128C and 129A-129B-129C
  • Physical Chemistry: 
    • CHE 110A, 110B, 110C

At least FOUR additional upper division units in chemistry (except CHE 107A, 107B).  May include units earned from CHE 199, 194H, or 197T.


Total Units for the Major: 107-108 Units