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Program: B.A., Chemistry

Program Description

The B.A. degree in Chemistry is designed for students who desire: (1) a strong chemistry background for careers in the health field (see advisor concerning additional necessary courses), (2) careers in industry, including textile chemistry, technical sales, government laboratories, patent law, library fields, etc., or (3) a single subject teaching credential (science, chemistry).

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (24 units)

CHEM 101/L General Chemistry I and Lab (4/1)
CHEM 102/L General Chemistry II and Lab (4/1)
MATH 255A Calculus for the Life Sciences I (3)
MATH 255B Calculus for the Life Sciences II (3)
PHYS 220A Mechanics (3)
PHYS 220AL Mechanics Lab (1)
PHYS 220B Electricity and Magnetism (3)
PHYS 220BL Electricity and Magnetism Lab (1)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (27 units)

CHEM 321/L Chemical Analysis I and Lab (2/2)
CHEM 333/L Organic Chemistry I and Lab (4/1)
CHEM 333R Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry I (1)
CHEM 334/L Organic Chemistry II and Lab (3/1)
CHEM 334R Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry II (1)
CHEM 351/CHEM 351L Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4/1)
CHEM 401 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 422/L Chemical Analysis II and Lab (2/2)
CHEM 495A Directed Undergraduate Research (1)
or CHEM 499A Independent Study with Presentation of a Seminar (1)

3. Upper Division Electives (7 units)

Chemistry electives selected with approval of major advisor from 400- or 500-level courses in Chemistry. At least 3 units must be from electives other than CHEM 495 and 499.

Total Units in the Major: 58

General Education Units: 36

Additional Units: 26

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chair: Eric Kelson
Eucalyptus Hall (EH) 2102
(818) 677-3381

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge in the following areas of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry inorganic, organic and physical.
  2. Organize and communicate scientific information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  3. Effectively utilize the scientific literature, including the use of modern electronic search and retrieval methods, to research a chemistry topic or to conduct chemical research.
  4. Work effectively and safely in a laboratory environment, including the ability to follow experimental chemical procedures and maintain a proper lab notebook.
  5. Effectively utilize modern chemical instrumentation to obtain data and perform research.
  6. Perform qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis, including the application of computer technology for such analyses.
  7. Describe the impact of chemistry on our world, including the environment, the economy and medicine.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to determine the scientific validity of a claim that pertains to consumer products, the environment or the life sciences.