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Chemistry

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (code CHEMBS01) (123 units)

This degree is intended to provide a background in chemistry for those planning to pursue careers as professional chemists or graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry. When supplemented with study in other appropriate areas, it can serve as preparation for admission to the health professional schools. Students should consult with a faculty advisor to plan an individual program. Students may also wish to contact the Health Professions Advising Office in the Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (FO5-109) for additional information and services.
Chemistry majors must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each course required for the major.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Either take all of the following:
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
  • Or one of the following:
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • BIOL 205 Human Biology (4)
    • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis (4)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • PHYS 254 Applied Modern Physics (3)
    • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Modern Physics (1)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 331 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 332 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (2)
    • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 373 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Lab (3)
    • CHEM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab (3)
    • CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
  • Take one course chosen from the following:
    • CHEM 361, 466
  • Take an additional 3 units of upper division chemistry electives including at least one unit of CHEM 496. CH E 330, 425, 430, or 475 may be used as chemistry electives.

Students are also advised to take one or more additional courses in mathematics, such as MATH 247, 364A, 370A, 380.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (code CHEMBA01) (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in chemistry is intended to provide a background in chemistry, but not in the depth required for a bachelor of science degree. This program, when complemented with study in other areas, will serve as preparation for a career in chemical and related industries or secondary science education. The bachelor of arts program is also an appropriate preparation for medical, dental, law, and pharmacy schools. Students may also wish to contact the Health Professions Advising Office in the Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (FO5-109) for additional information and services. In order to take full advantage of the bachelor of arts program for various career objectives, adequate counseling by chemistry advisors is indispensable. Each student must confer with an advisor to set up his/her individually tailored program in chemistry and one or more complementary areas prior to beginning the course of study.

Chemistry majors must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each course required for the major.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis (4)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
  • Select one pair from the following:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
  • or
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 331 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab (3)
    • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
  • Select one pair from the following:
    • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry (3)
  • or
    • CHEM 377A Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 377B Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
  • Take one course from the following:
    • CHEM 361, 466
  • Take a minimum of 3 additional units chosen with advisor consultation from the following:
    • CHEM 332, 373, 421, 431, 441A,B, 496

Students must consult an advisor to select additional courses to meet the student's individual goals and interests.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (code CHEMBS02) (121 units)

This degree is intended to provide a rigorous background in chemistry and biochemistry for those planning for graduate study in biochemistry or other life sciences, or careers in biochemical and related industries. It is also an appropriate preparation for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and clinical chemistry at the graduate level. Students must confer with an advisor to set up an appropriate program.

Biochemistry majors must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each course required for the major.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis (4)
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
  • Select one pair from the following:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
  • or
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BIOL 340 Advanced Cell Biology (3)
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 443 Biological Chemistry Laboratory (3)
  • Select one of the following:
    • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 377A Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
    • (371A,B is recommended as preparation for graduate studies in biochemistry)
  • Select one of the following:
    • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 377B Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
  • Select one course from the following:
    • CHEM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab (3)
    • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
  • Select one of the following options:
    • MICR 371 Microbial Genetics (3)
    • MICR 372 Microbial Genetics Laboratory (2)
  • or
    • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
  • Take three additional units of elective chosen from:
    • BIOL 445, 448, 473 and BIOL 342 plus 342L; CHEM 331, 373, 420, 421, 431, 451; MICR 452, 473
  • Take one course chosen from the following:
    • CHEM 361, 466

Chemistry Concentration Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Chemistry (code 181)

The Chemistry Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Chemistry. Consult with an adviser in the Department of Science Education early to plan a program.
Prospective Chemistry teachers are required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Professional preparation courses may be taken as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Chemistry Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • ASTR 100 Astronomy (3)
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis (4)
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 160 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
  • Select one pair from the following:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
  • or
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
  • Select one pair from the following:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 119B Survey of Calculus II (3)
  • or
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
    • CHEM 496 Special Problems in Chemistry (1-3)
    • SCED 403 Integrated Science (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)

Honors in Biochemistry or Chemistry

Students majoring in the B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Chemistry, or B.A. in Chemistry who would like an enriched academic program including an intensive research experience may be eligible to graduate with Honors in the Major through the University Honors Program. Students may complete General Honors through the University Honors Program as well; in such cases the General Honors thesis requirement is met through Honors in the Major (see University Honors in this Catalog).

Chemistry majors must take additional coursework in biology beyond the minimum required for a chemistry degree.

The requirements for Honors in the Major also satisfies the requirements of a college-wide program, Honors in Biological Sciences, created with the support of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. While Honors in the Major requires junior or senior standing, the college-wide program offers an enriched curriculum beginning in the freshman year, including a freshman seminar (BIOL 110H), a critical thinking course designed for science majors, and an introduction to bioinformatics (BIOL 220H). Interested students should contact the Honors in the major director or the Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center.

Requirements for Admission to Honors in the Major

  • 1. Junior or senior standing with at least one year remaining before graduation.
  • 2. Declared major of B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Chemistry, or B.A. in Chemistry.
  • 3. Submission of an application detailing interest in the program and willingness to commit to a year-long research experience.
  • 4. Letter of recommendation from a CSULB faculty member familiar with the student’s work.
  • 5. Completion of BIOL 211, 212, 213 (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11) (or BIOL 211A,B); CHEM 251, 320A,B at time of entry with grades of at least “C” in each course. Students may apply during the semester in which they expect to complete these courses.
  • 6. GPA of at least 3.00 in all courses in the major and in all upper division courses in the major.

Requirements for Graduation with Honors in the Major

  • 1. GPA of at least 3.30 in all upper division courses in the major and in Honors courses.
  • 2. Completion of all requirements for the B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Chemistry, or B.A. in Chemistry.
  • 3. Completion of BIOL/CHEM 466, Research Design and Methods - Honors (3 units).
  • 4. Completion of 3 units CHEM 496, Undergraduate Directed Research.
  • 5. Completion of 3 units of CHEM 498H, Senior Thesis - Honors.
  • 6. Presentation of research results in a public forum. This requirement may be met by presentation at a scientific conference or at a local venue; consult the Honors in the Major advisor for additional information
    Substitutions to this program must be approved by the Honors in the Major Advisor.

Minor in Chemistry (code CHEMUM01)

Requirements

The Minor in Chemistry is available to any non-Chemistry or non-Biochemistry major.

A minimum of 20 units of chemistry which must include:

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)

A minimum of nine units must be taken from upper division chemistry courses.

There are three Organic Chemistry paths. Students may use courses from only one of the paths to meet the requirements of the minor.

    • CHEM 327 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3)
  • or
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
  • or
    • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • The following are not acceptable towards the minor:
    • CHEM 100, 101, 105, 140, 302.

Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment in Another College

Students who wish to take course work in a community or other college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate department for approval prior to enrolling in specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be complied with; see “Concurrent Enrollment” and “Transfer of Undergraduate Credit” in this Catalog. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the Department.

Graduate Credit Earned as an Undergraduate Chemistry or Biochemistry Major

Graduate credit usually may not be earned in advance of the baccalaureate degree. However, based upon the recommendation of the Department Chairman and the Chairman of the Department Graduate Studies Committee, academic performance (a grade point average of 3.00 overall and 3.00 in the major), and promise of academic achievement in postgraduate study, a student in his/her senior year may be granted approval to earn a maximum of 12 units of course work in the 400 and 500 level taken at this University toward his/her prospective graduate program, subject to the following conditions:

1. The course work must be in addition to that required by the Department for the B.A. or B.S. degree in Chemistry or the B.S. degree in Biochemistry.

2. The undergraduate student must have a “Petition to Earn Credit in the Senior Year” approved by the appropriate Department Graduate Advisor, the Associate Dean for Graduate Accountability in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.