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CHEMISTRY MAJOR (14 units)
To prepare for graduate school in chemistry or related science or for those who plan to work in a chemically-related profession.

Ten departmental units

a. Nine units with at least one unit from each of the five branches of chemistry
Chemistry 117 Chemistry (W, 1 unit, offered every term)
Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 220 Environmental, Analytical, and Geochemistry (Q, 1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 225 Topics in Instrumental Analysis (1/2 unit, may be taken more than once)
Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 230 Organic Chemistry I (Q, 1 unit, fall)
Chemistry 235 Organic Chemistry II (1 unit, spring)
Physical Chemistry
Chemistry 240 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 245 Molecular Modeling, Visualization, and Computational Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 150 Nanochemistry (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 250 Solid State Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Biochemistry
Chemistry 260 Biochemistry of Metabolism (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 300 DNA & Protein Biochemistry (1 unit, fall)

b. Seminars and Thesis
Chemistry 280 Professional Tools for Scientific Careers(1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 380 or 381 Chemistry Seminar (1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 385 Senior Thesis (W, Capstone, 1/2 unit, offered every term)

Four supporting units

Mathematics 110 or 115: Calculus I or II (1 unit)
Physics 101 or 102: General Physics I or II (1 unit)

Two additional units selected from Mathematics 106, 115, 175; Physics 102, 206, 210; one 100 level Biology class; Biology 247; or Computer Science
(1 unit)
(1 unit)

In preparation for graduate study in chemistry, as much mathematics, physics and additional chemistry as possible and at least one summer or semester of full-time research experience are strongly recommended. The department also encourages and supports participation in an international experience.

APPLIED CHEMISTRY MAJOR (14 units)
To prepare for interdisciplinary fields or professional school, combining chemistry with another discipline of your choice.

Eight departmental units

a. Seven units with at least one unit from four of the five branches of chemistry
Chemistry 117 Chemistry (W, 1 unit, offered every term)
Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 220 Environmental, Analytical, and Geochemistry (Q, 1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 225 Topics in Instrumental Analysis (1/2 unit, may be taken more than once)
Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 230 Organic Chemistry I (Q, 1 unit, fall)
Chemistry 235 Organic Chemistry II (1 unit, spring)
Physical Chemistry
Chemistry 240 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 245 Molecular Modeling, Visualization, and Computational Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 150 Nanochemistry (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 250 Solid State Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Biochemistry
Chemistry 260 Biochemistry of Metabolism (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 300 DNA & Protein Biochemistry (1 unit, fall)

b. Seminars and Thesis
Chemistry 280 Professional Tools for Scientific Careers(1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 380 or 381 Chemistry Seminar (1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 385 Senior Thesis (W, Capstone, 1/2 unit, offered every term)

Six supporting units

Mathematics 110 or 115: Calculus I or II (1 unit)
Physics 101 or 102: General Physics I or II (1 unit)

Four units in a complementary discipline as approved by petition to the department chair. The petition should list the four units and provide a rationale of how those units complement the departmental units with respect to the students future plans:
(1 unit)
(1 unit)
(1 unit)
(1 unit)

At least one summer or semester of full-time experience in a chemistry-related internship or program is strongly recommended. The department also encourages and supports participation in an international experience.

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY MAJOR(14 units)
To prepare for interdisciplinary fields or professional school. This strongly interdisciplinary major is intended for students who want to use a background in chemistry to prepare for work or study in environmental science or environmental policy or related fields.

Seven departmental units

a. Six units with at least one unit from four of the five branches of chemistry
Chemistry 117 Chemistry (W, 1 unit, offered every term)
Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 220 Environmental, Analytical, and Geochemistry (Q, 1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 225 Topics in Instrumental Analysis (1/2 unit, may be taken more than once)
Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 230 Organic Chemistry I (Q, 1 unit, fall)
Chemistry 235 Organic Chemistry II (1 unit, spring)
Physical Chemistry
Chemistry 240 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 245 Molecular Modeling, Visualization, and Computational Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 150 Nanochemistry (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 250 Solid State Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Biochemistry
Chemistry 260 Biochemistry of Metabolism (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 300 DNA & Protein Biochemistry (1 unit, fall)

b. Seminars and Thesis
Chemistry 280 Professional Tools for Scientific Careers(1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 380 or 381 Chemistry Seminar (1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 385 Senior Thesis (W, Capstone, 1/2 unit, offered every term)

Seven supporting units

Mathematics 110 or 115: Calculus I or II (1 unit)
Physics 101 or 102: General Physics I or II (1 unit)
Biology 206: Environmental Biology (1 unit, fall) or Biology 372: Ecology (1 unit, spring)
Geology 100: Principles of Geology (1 unit, fall) or Geology 110: Environmental Geology (1 unit, fall)

Three additional units from Economics, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Political Science as approved by petition to the department chair. The petition should list the three units and provide a rationale of how those units apply with respect to the students future plans:
(1 unit)
(1 unit)
(1 unit)

In preparation for graduate study or employment in environmental science, additional science, mathematics, and social science courses and at least one summer or semester of experience in an environmental internship or program are strongly recommended. The department also encourages and supports participation in an international experience.

BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY MAJOR (15 units)
To prepare for graduate school in biochemical disciplines, medical school, and careers based in chemical aspects of biochemistry.

Nine departmental units

a. Core chemistry
Chemistry 117 Chemistry (W, 1 unit, offered every term)
Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 220 Environmental, Analytical, and Geochemistry (Q, 1 unit, spring)
Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 230 Organic Chemistry I (Q, 1 unit, fall)
Chemistry 235 Organic Chemistry II (1 unit, spring)
Biochemistry
Chemistry 260 Biochemistry of Metabolism (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 300 DNA & Protein Biochemistry (1 unit, fall)
b. At least 1 unit in each of the remaining branches of chemistry:
Physical Chemistry
Chemistry 240 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 245 Molecular Modeling, Visualization, and Computational Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 150 Nanochemistry (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 250 Solid State Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
c. Seminars and Thesis
Chemistry 280 Professional Tools for Scientific Careers(1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 380 or 381 Chemistry Seminar (1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 385 Senior Thesis (W, Capstone, 1/2 unit, offered every term)

Six supporting units

Mathematics 110 Calculus I (1 unit)
Mathematics 115 Calculus II (1 unit) spring
Physics 101 General Physics I (1 unit)
Physics 102 General Physics II (1 unit) or Physics 210 Modern (1 unit)
Biology 110 Human Biology, 111 Zoology, 121 Botany, 141 Microbiology, or 151 Marine Biology (1 unit)
Biology 237 Cell Biology, 248 Cell and Developmental, 289 Genetics, or 345 Molecular Biology (1 unit)

In preparation for graduate study in chemistry, as much mathematics, physics and additional chemistry as possible and at least one summer or semester of full-time research experience are strongly recommended. Students intent on graduate school are strongly encouraged to take Chem 240. The department also encourages and supports participation in an international experience.

BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR (14 units)
This major is intended for students who want a strong background in both biology and chemistry, either in preparation for graduate school, medical school or professional school.

Ten departmental units

a. Chemistry
Chemistry 117 Chemistry (W, 1 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 220 Environmental, Analytical, and Geochemistry (Q, 1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 230 Organic Chemistry I (Q, 1 unit, fall)
Chemistry 235 Organic Chemistry II (1 unit, spring)
b. Biology
Biology 110 Human Biology, 111 Zoology, 121 Botany, 141 Microbiology, or 151 Marine Biology (1 unit)
Biology 247 Biometrics (1 unit)
Biology 289 Genetics (1 unit)
c. Biochemistry
Chemistry 260 Biochemistry of Metabolism (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 300 DNA & Protein Biochemistry (1 unit, fall)
d. Thesis and Seminars
Chemistry 280 Professional Tools for Scientific Careers(1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 380 Chemistry Seminar (1/4 unit, offered every term)
Chemistry 385 Senior Thesis (W, Capstone, 1/2 unit, offered every term) or Biology 385 (1/2 unit) or Biology 387 (1/2 unit)

Four supporting units

Mathematics 110 or 115: Calculus I or II (1 unit)
Physics 101 or 102: General Physics I or II (1 unit)

Two units selected from Chemistry 225, 240, 245, 250 or Biology 237, 248, 345, 357 or Physics 102, 210 or Mathematics 115. (Students going to graduate school are strongly encouraged to take Chemistry 240. Students intending to attend medical school are strongly encouraged to take Physics 102 and Mathematics 115.)
(1 unit)
(1 unit)

In preparation for graduate study in biochemistry, as much mathematics, physics and additional chemistry as possible and at least one summer or semester of full-time research experience are strongly recommended. The department also encourages and supports participation in an international experience.

CHEMISTRY MINOR (5.25 units)
Minor Requirements Checklist

a. Five units selected from
Chemistry 117 Chemistry (W, 1 unit, offered every term)
Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 220 Environmental, Analytical, and Geochemistry (Q, 1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 225 Topics in Instrumental Analysis (1/2 unit, may be taken more than once)
Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 230 Organic Chemistry I (Q, 1 unit, fall)
Chemistry 235 Organic Chemistry II (1 unit, spring)
Physical Chemistry
Chemistry 240 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 245 Molecular Modeling, Visualization, and Computational Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 150 Nanochemistry (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 250 Solid State Chemistry (1 unit, fall)
Biochemistry
Chemistry 260 Biochemistry of Metabolism (1 unit, spring)
Chemistry 300 DNA & Protein Biochemistry (1 unit, fall)
b. Seminar
Chemistry 280 Professional Tools for Scientific Careers(1/4 unit, offered every term)


For examples of what recent and current students have done, see the Chemistry Department Newsletter.

Experiences that we strongly encourage for all majors: