The bachelor of science degree program is intended to provide a thorough background in chemistry for those planning to pursue careers as professional chemists or to do graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry. This program, when supplemented with study in other appropriate areas, can serve as preparation for admission to the health professional schools (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.). Each student should consult with a faculty advisor to plan his or her individual program. Students may also wish to contact the Health Professions Advising Office in the Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (FO5-109) for additional information and services.
Chemistry majors must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each course required for the major.
Lower Division: CHEM 111A,B, 251; PHYS 151, 152, 254, 255; MATH 122, 123, 224; BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L or 200 or 205 or 207.
Upper Division: CHEM 320A,B, 331, 332, 371A,B, 373, 420, 431, 441A, 451; one course chosen from among CHEM 361, 466H or ENGL 317; and an additional 3 units of upper division chemistry electives including at least one unit of CHEM 496. CH E 330, 425, 430, or 475 may be used as chemistry electives.
Students are also advised to take one or more additional courses in mathematics, such as MATH 247, 364A, 370A, 380.
The Bachelor of Arts degree program in chemistry is intended to provide a background in chemistry, but not in the depth required for a bachelor of science degree. This program, when complemented with study in other areas, will serve as preparation for a career in chemical and related industries or secondary science education. The bachelor of arts program is also an appropriate preparation for medical, dental, law, and pharmacy schools.
Students may also wish to contact the Health Professions Advising Office in the Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (FO5-109) for additional information and services. In order to take full advantage of the bachelor of arts program for various career objectives, adequate counseling by chemistry advisors is indispensable. Each student must confer with an advisor to set up his/her individually tailored program in chemistry and one or more complementary areas prior to beginning the course of study.
Chemistry majors must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each course required for the major.
Lower Division: CHEM 111A,B, 251; PHYS 100A,B or 151,152; and MATH 122, 123.
Upper Division: CHEM 320A,B, 331, 371A,B or 377A,B, 420, 451; one course chosen from among CHEM 361, 466H or ENGL 317; and a minimum of 3 additional units chosen in consultation with an advisor selected from CHEM 332, 373, 421, 431, 441A,B, 496. Students must consult an advisor to select additional courses to meet the student's individual goals and interests.
The Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry is intended to provide a rigorous background in chemistry and biochemistry for those planning for graduate study in biochemistry or other life sciences, or for careers in biochemical and related industries. This program is also an appropriate preparation for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and clinical chemistry at the graduate level. Students must confer with an advisor to set up an appropriate program for their goals.
Biochemistry majors must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each course required for the major.
Lower Division: CHEM 111A,B, 251; BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L ; MATH 122, 123; and PHYS 100A,B or 151,152.
Upper Division: CHEM 320A,B, 371A or 377A, 371B or 377B (371A,B is recommended as preparation for graduate studies in biochemistry) 420 or 451, 441A,B, 443, BIOL 340, BIOL 370 or MICR 371 and 372; Three (3) additional units of elective chosen from: CHEM 331, 373, 420, 421, 431, 451; BIOL 342 and 342L, 445, 448, 473; MICR 452, 473; and one course chosen from CHEM 361, 466H or ENGL 317.
Requirements Related to a Chemistry Concentration
The Chemistry Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Chemistry (code 181). Prospective students should consult the Single Subject Science Education Advisor in the Department of Science Education early to plan their program.
In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Chemistry teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.
The Chemistry Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.
Lower Division: ASTR 100; BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, and 213L; CHEM 111A,B, 251; GEOL 102, 104, 160; PHYS 100A,B or 151,152; MATH 119A,B or 122, 123.
Upper Division: CHEM 320A,B, 441A, 451, 496, either 431 or 441B; SCED 403.
Students majoring in the B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Chemistry, or B.A. in Chemistry who would like an enriched academic program including an intensive research experience may be eligible to graduate with Honors in the Major through the University Honors Program. Students may complete General Honors through the University Honors Program as well; in such cases the General Honors thesis requirement is met through Honors in the Major (see University Honors in this Catalog).
Chemistry majors should be aware that this program is designed for students with career goals in life science areas, and, as such, chemistry majors who wish to participate must take additional coursework in biology beyond the minimum required for a chemistry degree.
The requirements for Honors in the Major will also satisfy the requirements of a college-wide program, Honors in Biological Sciences, created with the support of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. While Honors in the Major requires junior or senior standing, the college-wide program offers an enriched curriculum beginning in the freshman year, including a freshman seminar (BIOL 110H), a critical thinking course designed for science majors, and an introduction to bioinformatics (BIOL 220H). Interested students should contact the Honors in Biological Sciences program director or the Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center.
Requirements for Admission to Honors in the Major
Requirements for Graduation with Honors in the Major
Substitutions to this program must be approved by the Honors in the Major Advisor.
The Minor in Chemistry is available to any non-Chemistry or non-Biochemistry major.
A minimum of 20 units of chemistry which must include CHEM 111A,B. A minimum of nine units must be taken from upper division chemistry courses. There are three Organic Chemistry paths, CHEM 327; or CHEM 320A/B; or CHEM 322A/B and CHEM 323A/B. Students may use courses from only one of the paths to meet the requirements of the minor. The following courses are not acceptable towards the minor: CHEM 100, 101, 105, 140, 302.
Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment in Another College
Students who wish to take course work in a community or other college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate department for approval prior to enroll in specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be complied with. See “Concurrent Enrollment” and “Transfer of Undergraduate Credit” in this Catalog. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the Department.
Graduate Credit Earned as an Undergraduate Chemistry or Biochemistry Major
Graduate credit usually may not be earned in advance of the baccalaureate degree. However, based upon the recommendation of the Department Chairman and the Chairman of the Department Graduate Studies Committee, academic performance (a grade point average of 3.00 overall and 3.00 in the major), and promise of academic achievement in postgraduate study, a student in his/her senior year may be granted approval to earn a maximum of 12 units of course work in the 400 and 500 level taken at this University toward his/her prospective graduate program, subject to the following conditions: