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Department of

Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Chemistry Major

The Chemistry major is designed to qualify students for admission to graduate school in chemistry, positions as chemists; admission to medical, dental, and pharmacy schools; or secondary teaching.

Preparation for the Major: Chemistry 151, 152, 151L, 152L, 220; Mathematics 150, 151; Physics 270, 271.

The Major:  The 32 units of upper-division work must include Chemistry 301, 302, 301L, 302L, 311, 312, 331, 396W, 440 and two of the following advanced laboratories: Chemistry 421, 423, 425, and 427.  Electives may be chosen from other chemistry courses for which prerequisites have been met.  Those planning for graduate work in Chemistry are recommended to complete the ACS-certified degree. 

Major Field Test Graduation Requirement:
As a part of the department’s assessment program, each graduating senior is required to take the major field test in chemistry (Chem 489). A student who fails to take the major field test will be restricted from graduating.

Optimum Path for Chemistry Major (ACS Certified)

Year 1 (F)

 

Year 1 (S)

 

 

Year 3 (F)

 

Year 3 (S)

 

Course

Units

Course

Units

 

Course

Units

Course

Units

Chem 151

3

Chem 152

3

 

Chem 311

3

Chem 312

3

Chem 151L

1

Chem 152L

1

 

Chem 331 or 440

3

Chem 396W**

3

Math 150*

4

Math 151

4

 

Physics 271/L

4

Chem 423 or 427***

3

Core

7 ~ 8

Core

7 ~ 8

 

Core
5 ~ 6

Core

6 ~ 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2 (F)

 

Year 2 (S)

 

 

Year 4 (F)

 

Year 4 (S)

 

Course

Units

Course

Units

 

Course

Units

Course

Units

Chem 301

3

Chem 302

3

 

Chem 421 or 425***

3

Chem 423 or 427***

3

Chem 301L

1

Chem 302L

1

 

Chem 331 or 440

3

UD Chem Elective

3

Chem 220

4

Physics 270/L

4

 

Chem 396W**

3

Chem 489

0

Core 8 ~ 9

Core

7 ~ 8

 

Core

6 ~ 7

Core

9 ~ 10

*Students deficient in Mathematics should take Math 115 instead of Math 150, followed by 150, 151.

**Chem 396W may be completed in either semester of the junior year or fall of the senior year.
***Students must complete two (2) of the following: Chem 421, 423, 425, 427 (For students who elect to take 421 and 425, their 396W research must be in the areas of biochemistry and/or inorganic chemistry to complete an ACS certified degree).

More details on courses can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

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