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The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 128 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See “General Education Requirements” in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

BIOL 006A may be used to fulfill General Education Breadth Area B2 for the Option in Biochemistry or the Option in Professional Chemistry.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See “Cultural Diversity” in The University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the “American Institutions Requirement” under “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.” This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 050 and POLS 055. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 69-78 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, dependent upon a selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

The Option in Professional Chemistry: 69-71 units
The Option in Biochemistry: 76-78 units

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 53 units

Lower-Division Core: 36 units

Mathematics Requirement: 12 units

3 courses required:

MATH    007A    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 004 and MATH 006 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

MATH    007B    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 007A with a grade of C- or higher.

MATH    007C    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 007B with a grade of C- or higher.

Physics Requirement: 12 units

3 courses required:

PHYS    004A    Mechanics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 007B (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.

PHYS    004B    Electricity and Magnetism    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: MATH 007B, PHYS 004A.

PHYS    004C    Heat/Wave Motion/Sound/Light    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: MATH 007B, PHYS 004A.

Lower-Division Chemistry Requirement: 12 units

3 courses required:

CHEM    037    General Chemistry    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry or CHEM 016. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

CHEM    038    General Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 037.

CHEM    070    Organic Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

Upper-Division Core: 17 units

7 courses required:

CHEM    105    Quantitative Analysis    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

CHEM    170    Organic Chemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 070.

CHEM    170M    Organic Chemistry Laboratory    2.0    SP

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 170.

CHEM    201    The Chemical Literature    1.0    FA

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CHEM 070.

CHEM    202    Senior Seminar in Chemistry    1.0    SP

CHEM    210A    Physical Chemistry    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 105, MATH 007C, PHYS 004B, PHYS 004C.

CHEM    210B    Physical Chemistry    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 210A.

CHEM 170L may be substituted for CHEM 170M with departmental approval.

Major Option Course Requirements: 16-25 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN PROFESSIONAL CHEMISTRY: 16-18 units

6 courses required:

CHEM    214A    Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 210A.

CHEM    215A    Integrated Chemistry Lab I    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 210A and CHEM 214A.

CHEM    215B    Integrated Chemistry Lab II    2.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 210A, CHEM 214A, CHEM 215A; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 210B, CHEM 218.

CHEM    215C    Integrated Chemistry Lab III    2.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 215A, CHEM 215B.

CHEM    218    Instrumental Analysis    2.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 210A, CHEM 215A; concurrent enrollment in CHEM 215B.

CHEM    250A    Biochemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170.

1-3 units selected from:

CHEM    172    Advanced Organic Laboratory    2.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170.

CHEM    198    Special Topics    1.0-3.0    FS

CHEM    199    Special Problems    1.0-3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

CHEM    200    Research in Chemistry    1.0-2.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 210B.

CHEM    214B    Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry    2.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 214A.

CHEM    227    Physical Organic Chemistry    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 170, CHEM 210B.

CHEM    228    Synthetic Organic Chemistry    1.0-3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 170; CHEM 170L or CHEM 170M.

CHEM    250B    Biochemistry    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 250A.

CHEM    251    Biochemistry Laboratory    2.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 105, CHEM 250A; CHEM 170L or CHEM 170M.

CHEM    252    Clinical Chemistry    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 105, CHEM 250A; CHEM 170L or CHEM 170M.

CHEM    271    Seminar Organic Spectroscopy    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 170.

CHEM    280    Selected Topics in Chemistry    1.0-3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 210B, CHEM 214A, CHEM 215B, CHEM 218.

CHEM    281    Selected Topics in Chemistry    1.0-3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 170, CHEM 210A, CHEM 250A.

CHEM    285A    Research Project    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Open by invitation to chemistry majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; faculty permission.

CHEM    285B    Research Project    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 285A. Not open to students who have completed CHEM 299H; faculty permission.

CHEM    290    Chemical Thermodynamics    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 210B.

CHEM    299H    Honors Research Project    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CHEM 105, CHEM 170M, CHEM 210A, CHEM 210B, MATH 007C, PHYS 004A, PHYS 004B, PHYS 004C; faculty permission.

THE OPTION IN BIOCHEMISTRY: 23-25 units

6 courses required:

BIOL    006A    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 037 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    011    General Microbiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.

BIOL    207    Genetics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

CHEM    250A    Biochemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170.

CHEM    250B    Biochemistry    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 250A.

CHEM    251    Biochemistry Laboratory    2.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 105, CHEM 250A; CHEM 170L or CHEM 170M.

1 course selected from:

BIOL    202    Cell and Molecular Biology    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    206    Cell Physiology    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070.

BIOL    214    Vertebrate Physiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070.

BIOL    215    Plant Physiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or BIOL 008; BIOL 009; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070; or faculty permission.

BIOL    216    Medical Bacteriology    5.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 011; BIOL 270; CHEM 070. Immunization against tetanus and diphtheria required.

BIOL    217    Medical Genetics    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 207.

BIOL    218    General Virology    4.0    F2

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B. Recommended: BIOL 011.

BIOL    219    Food and Industrial Microbiology    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 011; CHEM 070.

BIOL    258    Fundamentals of Ecology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B. Some taxonomic background is recommended.

BIOL    270    Immunology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    272    Bacterial Physiology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 011; BIOL 207; CHEM 070. CHEM 250A is recommended.

BIOL    273    Microbial Genetics    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 207. BIOL 011 is recommended.

CHEM 255 and CHEM 175 are strongly recommended as additional electives.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor’s degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your department chair or undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major.
It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (299H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.