Major Requirements

Students pursuing a degree in Chemistry must satisfy the following requirements:

Admissions Requirements

Students planning for a major in chemistry should present credits for one year of chemistry, one year of physics, and four years of mathematics, and should have at least a B average in these subjects. Students with a good high school record but lacking credit in any of these subjects should remedy any deficiencies in summer school. Students planning a science major should be particularly alert to the language proficiency requirement (see Program of Study) and the math diagnostic prerequisite for entrance in Chem 8

Major Requirements

The Chemistry Department offers several options for the student interested in chemistry:
     1. the standard chemistry major, bachelor of science (BS)
     2. a slightly shortened chemistry major, bachelor of arts (BA)
     3. the chemistry major with an environmental concentration (BS)
     4. the biochemistry major (offered jointly with the Biology Department; see Biochemistry for more
A suggested four-year program of study for a major in chemistry or biochemistry is available from any Chemistry Department faculty member. 

Lower Division 

The following lower division courses are required for the three majors in Chemistry:

  • Chemistry 8, 9 (lab), 10, 11 (lab), 89
  • Mathematics 13+14 or 27, Mathematics 28 or 38 (Math 39 is optional but encouraged)
  • Physics 1, 2 (lab), 3, 4 (lab) (preferred) or Physics 10, 10L (lab), 11, 11L (lab);

Two majors have additional lower division requirements as follows:

For the chemistry BS major, students must also take: 

  • Biology 1, 1L (lab) (unless waived due to strong high school preparation in biology) 

For the chemistry major - environmental science concentration, students must also take:

  • Biology 1, 1L (lab) 2, 2L (lab)

Upper Division

The following upper-division courses are required for the three majors in Chemistry: Chemistry 104, 106, 130

Each Major has additional upper-division requirements as follows:

For the chemistry BS major, students must take:

  • Chemistry 110, 113, 114, 115, 118, and Biochemistry 101 or Biology 135
  • One additional upper-division course in Chemistry, or 1.0 credits of Chem 197/199

For the chemistry BA major, students must take:

  • Chemistry 110, 113 or 118, 114
  • Two additional upper-division courses from Chemistry or Biochemistry. Biology 135 may count as an upper-division course if Biochemistry 101 or 102 are not taken. A combination of one to three Chemistry 197/199 courses that equal 1.0 or more credit can count for one upper division course.

For the environmental concentration, students must take:  

  • Chemistry 113 or 118, 114, 115, 119
  • Biology 125 and either Biology 113, 146, or 152
  • One additional upper division chemistry course, or 1.0 credits of Chem 197/199

Prerequisite Grade

Any course listed in this department with a prerequisite assumes a grade of C- or better in the prerequisite course.