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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Chemistry Major

  1. Professional Emphasis 

The Professional Emphasis leads to a BS degree in Chemistry, which meets the requirements of the American Chemical Society for professional training.

Chemistry Option

  • Required Units (crs.): 44 minimum

  • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

    • Chemistry: Chemistry 303, 370, 371, 421, 470

    • Math: Math 172, 273

    • Chemistry: 3 units (crs.) from Chemistry 323, 360, 435, 446*, 452, 474, 495*. Chemistry 446, 474 and 495 may in combination count for up to three credits towards the three-credit requirement.

    • *A formal report is required.

Biochemistry Option:

  • Required Units (crs.): 46 minimum

  • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

    • Chemistry: Chemistry 303, 304, 315, 370, 371, 421, 470

    • Math: Math 172, 273

  • For both the Chemistry and Biochemistry Options: Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in the following individualized research/internship courses: Chemistry 246, 446, 474, 495.

    • For Biochemistry Option: Three semester hours of biology beyond the introductory level, which contains cell biology, microbiology, or genetics.

Comment:
Independent Study (Chemistry 446), Honors Thesis (Chemistry 474), and/or Chemistry Research Internship (Chemistry 495) may be counted towards graduation requirements, with a unit (cr.) maximum of 12 for Chemistry 446, six for Chemistry 246, six for Chemistry 474 and six for Chemistry 495.

 

2. Secondary Education Emphasis

Recommended for students who plan to enter the Secondary Education Program in preparation for teaching high school Chemistry.

  • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
  • Chemistry: Chemistry 370, 371
  • Math: Math 172, 173
  • Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these studies:
    • Chemistry: Five units (crs.) of Chemistry courses at the 300 level or above (excluding Chemistry 495).

    3. Biomolecular Science Emphasis

    Recommended for students who are interested in interdisciplinary training and a career or postgraduate work in biotechnology related fields.

    • Required Units (crs.): 70-73
    • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses: 
      • Biology: Biology 105, 323, 343.
      • One Advanced Molecular/Cellular Biology Course with Lecture and Lab: Biology 319, 345, 450
        1. OR
      • One Advanced Molecular/Cellular Biology Lecture Course: Biology 315, 316, 341, 372, 389
        1. OR
      • One Advanced Molecular/Cellular Biology Laboratory Course: Biology 350, 374, 377, 390
      • Chemistry: Chemistry 303, 304, 315, 221 or 320, 365
      • Physics: Physics 107 and 108, or Physics 109 and 110
      • Statistics: One course from: Math 201, 301 or Psychology 203.
    • Upper Level Electives: 5 units (crs.)

      Choose from any of the following not taken as part of the core curriculum above:

      • Biology: Biology 306, 309, 315, 316, 319, 338, 341, 345, 350, 372, 374, 375, 389, 390, 450.
      • Chemistry: Chemistry 323.

      • Psychology: Psychology 367, 383.

      Up to 3 of the 5 units (crs.) can be from the following:

      • Biology: Biology 300, 301, 446, 456, 474.

      • Chemistry: Chemistry 360, 446, 456, 474, 495.

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