Chemistry Course Listing

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Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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.

The Major  

In addition to 32.5 units of upper-division work in chemistry, students must complete of 100 hours of faculty-directed research and CHEM 396.  Electives may be chosen from other chemistry and biochemistry courses for which prerequisites have been met. Students completing the chemistry major curriculum also earn an American Chemical Society-certified degree.

 CHEM 496 or CHEM 498 may not be applied toward the 32.5 unit requirement. Those planning for graduate work in chemistry are recommended to complete the ACS-certified degree and to take additional upper-division Electives in chemistry, mathematics or physics depending on the area of interest.

Preparation for the Major

CHEM 151General Chemistry I3
CHEM 151LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 152General Chemistry II3
CHEM 152LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 220Analytical Chemistry3
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
4
Total Units27

Major Requirements

CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 302
302L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 311Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 312Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 331Biochemistry3
CHEM 396Methods of Chemical Research1.5
CHEM 422Physical Methods4
CHEM 424Advanced Synthesis Laboratory4
CHEM 440Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 489Major Field Test in Chemistry0
Select One Upper Division Chemistry Elective3
Total Units32.5

Recommended Program of Study

The following paradigm is included as a guide only, and should not be interpreted in a rigid sense. It is designed for students intending to obtain an ACS-certified degree. There is some flexibility to meet individual needs. Elective courses in chemistry may be taken at any time as long as the course prerequisites have been satisfied. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to ensure that their needs and interests will be met.  Students who are pre-professional should contact their advisor and the health professions advisor early in their studies to ensure all prerequisites are met. 

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 1501Calculus I4
Core or electives7-8
Semester IIHours
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
MATH 151Calculus II4
Core or electives7-8
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 220Analytical Chemistry3
Core or electives 8-9
Semester IIHours
CHEM 302
302L
Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 396Methods of Chemical Research1.5
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
Core or electives7-8
Junior Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 311Physical Chemistry I3
or CHEM 331
440
Biochemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
Core or electives5-6
Semester IIHours
CHEM 312Physical Chemistry II3
Core or electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 422Physical Methods4
or CHEM 331
440
Biochemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
3
Core or electives6-9
Semester IIHours
CHEM 424Advanced Synthesis Laboratory4
UD CHEM elective3
Core or electives9-12

Recommended Program of Study: Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITPP) Pathway 

The Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITPP) provides paths to 4-year science and math degrees that include a teaching credential and preparation for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Students who are interested in middle or secondary education (grades 6-12) in California may earn a degree in chemistry while simultaneously completing requirements for a teaching credential. The degree integrates content knowledge and laboratory practices in the discipline, evidence-based teaching/learning theories, teaching performance expectations, and pre-student teaching clinical practice while satisfying baccalaureate degree requirements and CTC single subject credential program standards. There is some flexibility to meet individual needs. Students are encouraged to consult the ITPP website (http://www.sandiego.edu/itpp) and advisors (itpp@sandiego.edu) to ensure that their needs and interests will be met.

In addition to all courses for the chemistry major, students completing the ITPP pathway must also take the following:

BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems
and Bioenergetics and Systems Laboratory
4
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution
and Genomes and Evolution Laboratory
4
EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
EDUC 332PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 334PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 337PFoundations in Curriculum and Instruction Theory: Secondary Praxis in Historical Context3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential9
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential3
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3

The following paradigm is included as a guide only, and should not be interpreted in a rigid sense.  Elective courses in chemistry may be taken at any time as long as the course prerequisites have been satisfied. 

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 1501Calculus I4
CC or Electives6-8
Semester IIHours
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
MATH 151Calculus II4
CC or Electives7-8
Semester III (Summer)Hours
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems4
EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 396Methods of Chemical Research1.5
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
CC or Electives3-4
Semester IIHours
CHEM 302
302L
Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 220Analytical Chemistry3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
CC or Electives3-4
Semester III (Summer)Hours
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution4
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
Junior Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 311Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 440Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 422Physical Methods4
EDUC 337PFoundations in Curriculum and Instruction Theory: Secondary Praxis in Historical Context3
PHIL 341Ethics and Education3
Semester IIHours
CHEM 312Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 331Biochemistry3
EDUC 332PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
CC or Electives3-4
Semester III (Summer)Hours
CC or Electives6
Senior Year
Semester IHours
EDUC 334PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential9
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential3
Semester IIHours
CHEM 424Advanced Synthesis Laboratory4
UD CHEM elective3
CC or Electives9-12