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2013-2014 CSULB University Catalog

Chemistry

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science 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 of "C" or better must be achieved in CHEM 111B and either CHEM 320A or CHEM 251 within 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 of 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.

Students Desiring Entrance into a Health Professions Program

Students desiring entrance into one of the various health-related professional schools should consult with the Health Professions Advising Office in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (HSCI-164) for more information. Most of the these schools do not require students to major in any particular discipline and many favor applicants who have earned a baccalaureate; rather, they want students who have done well in their major and who also took the prerequisite courses required by that particular school.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Either take all of the following:

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.

  • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    Prerequisites: Completion of BIOL 211 and CHEM 111A with grades of "C" or better.

NOTE: 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)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.

  • BIOL 205 Human Biology (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.

  • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.

  • Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: 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.

  • 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.

  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or 222.

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.

  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

  • PHYS 254 Applied Modern Physics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152 or EE 210; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.

  • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Modern Physics (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHYS 254.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, with a grade of "C" or better.
    Recommended: CHEM 251.
    Corequisite: CHEM 324 required for students repeating course.

  • 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 332 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (2)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 331.

  • CHEM 361 Chemical Communications (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 320A.

  • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.

  • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better). Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.

  • CHEM 373. Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, CHEM 371A or CHEM 377A or 377B, all with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: CHEM 371B.

  • CHEM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, 320B, and either CHEM 361 or 466.

  • CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 331, 371B, both with a grade of "C" or better.

  • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: Either CHEM 320B or both CHEM 322B and 323B with a grade of "C" or better; a biology or microbiology course is recommended.

  • 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.

Take an additional 3 units of upper division chemistry electives including at least one unit of CHEM 496. CH E 330, 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.

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