Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

The Bachelor's of Art degree program in chemistry is designed for the student who plans a career in chemistry or the related sciences upon graduation, continuation to graduate school in the chemical sciences, or professional health sciences such as medicine or pharmacy, but is interested in studying other subjects to augment a basic chemistry curriculum, perhaps with a minor or a double major in another field, for example.  The program provides foundational course work in the sub-disciplinary areas of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and biochemistry with cognate course work in biology, mathematics and physics.  A concentration in biochemistry or chemistry is required.  The B.A. program is not certified by the American Chemical Society.

The B.A. in Chemistry provides additional chemistry electives and fewer requirements than the B.S. degree program. The Chemistry concentration may be an appropriate degree for those that would like to become high school chemistry teachers, for example.  A total of 14 free elective units are available.  The biochemistry option requires biology and biochemistry course and laboratory work, and may be more appropriate for students interested in the biotech industry, medical or pharmacy school, or clinical laboratory science.  Ten free elective units are available.

​Requirements (68-73 units)

Total units required for graduation: 120

Requirements for a B.A. in Chemistry

Lower-division requirements (28)
CHEM 2100General Chemistry I4
CHEM 2100LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 2200General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2200LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
MATH 2210Calculus I4
MATH 2220Calculus II4
PHYS 2000Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 2000LIntroduction to Physics I Lab1
PHYS 2010Introduction to Physics II4
PHYS 2010LIntroduction to Physics II Lab1
Note: Physics requirement may be alternatively met by taking PHYS 2500, 2500L, 2510, and 2510L.
Upper-division requirements (40-45)
CHEM 3200Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3400Principles of Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 3500Principles of Organic Chemistry II5
Note: The organic chemistry requirement may be alternatively met with the following five courses (13 units):
Organic Chemistry I Lecture
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5800Chemistry Seminar1
Select one of the following two concentrations to complete the major25-30
Total Units68-73

Concentrations (25-30 Units)

Chemistry Concentration (25 Units)

(Program Code: CHEM)

BIOL 1000Introduction to Biology3
BIOL 1000LIntroduction to Biology Lab1
MATH 2310Applied Linear Algebra4
CHEM 4300Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 4400Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 4500Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 4550Physical Chemistry Laboratory1
Choose 6 units of upper-division chemistry electives from the following list: 6
Biochemistry I (3 units)
Biochemistry I Laboratory (1 unit)
Biochemistry II (3 units)
Topics in Chemistry (1 unit)
Topics in Chemistry Laboratory (1 unit)
Topics in Chemistry (2 units)
Polymer Science (2 units)
Materials Chemistry (2 units)
Instrumental Analysis (5 units)
Environmental Chemistry (3 units)
Atmospheric Chemistry (3 units)
Chemistry of the Elements (3 units)
Pyrotechnics (1 unit)
Medicinal Chemistry (2 units)
Computational Chemistry (2 units)
Internship in Chemistry (1 unit)
Internship in Chemistry (2 units)
Internship in Chemistry (3 units)
Directed Laboratory Research (1 unit)
Directed Laboratory Research (2 units)
Directed Laboratory Research (3 units)
Independent Study (1 unit)
Independent Study (2 units)
Independent Study (3 units)
Total Units25

Biochemistry Concentration (30 units)

(Program Code: CBIO)

BIOL 2010Principles of Biology I5
BIOL 2020Principles of Biology II5
CHEM 4100Biochemistry I3
CHEM 4100LBiochemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 4200Biochemistry II3
CHEM 4200LBiochemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 4350Bioinorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4600Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I3
CHEM 4700Physical Chemistry for Biochemists II3
CHEM 4750Physical Chemistry for Biochemists Laboratory1
Choose at least 2 units of upper-division elective from the following list:2
Topics in Chemistry (1 unit)
Topics in Chemistry Laboratory (1 unit)
Topics in Chemistry (2 units)
Polymer Science (2 units)
Materials Chemistry (2 units)
Instrumental Analysis (5 units)
Environmental Chemistry (3 units)
Atmospheric Chemistry (3 units)
Chemistry of the Elements (3 units)
Pyrotechnics (1 unit)
Medicinal Chemistry (2 units)
Computational Chemistry (2 units)
Internship in Chemistry (1 unit)
Internship in Chemistry (2 units)
Internship in Chemistry (3 units)
Directed Laboratory Research (1 unit)
Directed Laboratory Research (2 units)
Directed Laboratory Research (3 units)
Independent Study (1 unit)
Independent Study (2 units)
Independent Study (3 units)
Total Units30