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.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared 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 151 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 taken 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 130 and POLS 155. 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 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 70-78 units

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

The Option in Professional Chemistry: 70-72 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:
MATH120Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
MATH121Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 120 with a grade of C- or higher.
MATH220Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 121 with a grade of C- or higher.

Physics Requirement: 12 units

3 courses required:
PHYS204AMechanics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.
PHYS204BElectricity and Magnetism4.0FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.
PHYS204CHeat/Wave Motion/Sound/Light4.0FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.

Lower-Division Chemistry Requirement: 12 units

3 courses required:
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111.
CHEM270Organic Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.

Upper-Division Core: 17 units

7 courses required:
CHEM300The Chemical Literature1.0FA WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CHEM 270.
CHEM320Quantitative Analysis4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
CHEM331Physical Chemistry3.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 320, MATH 220, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C.
CHEM332Physical Chemistry3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 331.
CHEM370Organic Chemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 270.
CHEM370MOrganic Chemistry Laboratory2.0SP
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 370.
CHEM400Senior Seminar in Chemistry1.0SP

Major Option Course Requirements: 17-25 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: 17-19 units

8 courses required:
CHEM361Intermediate Inorganic Chem2.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 320, MATH 220, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C.
CHEM362Intermediate Inorganic Chem2.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 361.
CHEM381Integrated Chemistry Lab I2.0FA
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 331 and CHEM 361.
CHEM382Integrated Chemistry Lab II2.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 361, CHEM 381; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 331. Corequisites: CHEM 382R.
CHEM382RIntegrated Chem Discussion1.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 361, CHEM 381; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 332.
CHEM420Instrumental Analysis2.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 332, CHEM 382. Corequisites: CHEM 420L.
CHEM420LInstrumental Analysis Lab2.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 381, CHEM 382. Corequisites: CHEM 420.
CHEM451Biochemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370. 1-3 units selected from:
CHEM398Special Topics1.03.0FS
CHEM399Special Problems1.03.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112, faculty permission.
CHEM435Chemical Thermodynamics3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 332.
CHEM452Biochemistry3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 451.
CHEM455LBiochemistry Laboratory2.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 320, CHEM 451; CHEM 370L or CHEM 370M.
CHEM473Synthetic Organic Chemistry1.03.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 370; CHEM 370L or CHEM 370M.
CHEM474Physical Organic Chemistry3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 332, CHEM 370.
CHEM475Advanced Organic Laboratory2.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370.
CHEM477Seminar Organic Spectroscopy1.0FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 370.
CHEM490Research in Chemistry1.02.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 332.
CHEM491Research Project3.0FA
Prerequisites: Open by invitation to chemistry majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; faculty permission.
CHEM492Research Project3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 491. Not open to students who have completed CHEM 499H; faculty permission.
CHEM495Selected Topics in Chemistry1.03.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 332, CHEM 361, CHEM 382, CHEM 420.
CHEM496Selected Topics in Chemistry1.03.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 370, CHEM 451.
CHEM499HHonors Research Project3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CHEM 320, CHEM 331, CHEM 332, CHEM 370M, MATH 220, PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C; faculty permission.

THE OPTION IN BIOCHEMISTRY: 23-25 units

6 courses required:
BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL211General Microbiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.
BIOL360Genetics4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
CHEM451Biochemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370.
CHEM452Biochemistry3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 451.
CHEM455LBiochemistry Laboratory2.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 320, CHEM 451; CHEM 370L or CHEM 370M.
1 course selected from:
BIOL400Fundamentals of Ecology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission. Some taxonomic background is recommended.
BIOL410Cell and Molecular Biology4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL412Bacterial Physiology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 211; BIOL 360; CHEM 270. CHEM 451 is recommended.
BIOL414Plant Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 108 or BIOL 152; BIOL 209; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270; or faculty permission.
BIOL416Vertebrate Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270. Strongly recommended: BIOL 210.
BIOL417Cell Physiology3.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270.
BIOL464Medical Genetics3.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 360.
BIOL466Immunology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL470Medical Bacteriology5.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 211; BIOL 466; CHEM 270. Immunization against tetanus and diphtheria required.
BIOL472Microbial Genetics4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 360. BIOL 211 is recommended.
BIOL474Food and Industrial Microbio3.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 211, CHEM 270.
BIOL476General Virology4.0F2
Prerequisites: BIOL 152. Recommended: BIOL 211.

CHEM 347 and CHEM 425 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 possibly 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 (499H) 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.