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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Chemistry

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (120 units)

Degree Progress

Chemistry and Biochemistry majors must complete the following requirements within the specified time of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. Students who have not met the requirements by the required semester must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete. Students required to enroll in pre-baccalaureate math may receive one additional semester to meet the requirements.

Freshmen: A grade "C" or better must be achieved in both MATH 122 and CHEM 111A within one calendar year. A grade "C" or better must be achieved in CHEM 111B and either CHEM 320A or CHEM 251 with two calendar years.

Transfer Students: A grade "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and CHEM 111B within one calendar year. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in both CHEM 320A and CHEM 251 within two calendar years.

In addition, all Chemistry and Biochemistry majors must maintain major and upper-division major GPAs of 2.0 or higher. A student whose GPA in the major or upper division GPA in the major falls below 2.0 will be advised that they are at risk of being dismissed from the major and granted one semester to raise their major GPA(s) to 2.0. Students who do not successfully raise their major GPA(s) must meet with an advisor to declare another major or submit an appeal to the Department or Chemistry and Biochemistry explaining why they need one additional semester. Students whose major GPAs remain below 2.0 after this additional semester must declare a new major.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination . (Credit in Chem 101 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering).
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis (4)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. It is strongly recommended that CHEM 251 be taken within one calendar year of CHEM 111B.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and 113, or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 117.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. CHEM 251 is recommended.
  • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 320A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 331 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, 251 both with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 361 Chemical Communications (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 320A.
  • CHEM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, 320B, and either CHEM 361 or 466.
  • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 152, CHEM 251; 361; 371B or 377B; all with a grade of "C" or better.

Select one pair from the following:

  • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better), MATH 224 (may be taken concurrently).
  • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better), and MATH 224 (may be taken concurrently).

or

  • CHEM 377A Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, and PHYS 100B or 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
  • CHEM 377B Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 122, PHYS 100B or 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better, MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently).

Take a minimum of 3 additional units chosen with advisor consultation from the following:

  • CHEM 332, 373, 421, 431, 441A,B, 480, 496

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

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