Major in Chemistry

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • develop a rigorous understanding of fundamental chemical concepts and techniques
  • gain practical experience with a wide variety of chemistry instruments and knowledge to interpret obtained data
  • develop an ability to communicate ideas in chemistry to general audiences and specialists
  • understand a broad range of chemical principles and knowledge in analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
  • gain chemical knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve theoretical and practical problems in chemistry
  • demonstrate laboratory skills appropriate to the study of chemistry:
    • acquire, interpret and analyze data using manual and instrumental methods
    • carry out basic synthetic reactions
    • maintain a laboratory notebook
    • work confidently and safely in a laboratory
  • organize and present scientific information in written and oral form assisted by the use of computer technology such as word processing, spreadsheets, chemical structure drawing programs, chemical information retrieval services
  • understand the importance of chemistry in an industrial, economic, environmental and social context
  • develop the ability to succeed in pursuing further studies or employment in chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry


55 units

Lower Division (21 UNITS)

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 113 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 114 General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 260 Analytical Chemistry

Upper Division (16 UNITS)

  • CHEM 340 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 350 Biochemistry I
    CHEM 356 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry I

Supporting Courses (16 UNITS)

  • MATH 109 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 110 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS 110 General Physics I
    PHYS 100 Introductory Physics
  • PHYS 210 General Physics II
    PHYS 101 Introductory Physics II

Additional Courses (2 UNITS minimum)

  • CHEM 397 Research Methods and Practice
  • CHEM 410 Integrated Laboratory
  • Chemistry Elective

ACS Certification

These additional courses are required.

  • CHEM 410 Integrated Lab
  • CHEM 397 Research Methods and Practice

Contact Info

Department of Chemistry

Mon-Fri, 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.

Harney Science Center 353 (415) 422-6157 (415) 422-5157