Departmental Affiliation: Physical Sciences and Mathematics
A student majoring in chemistry receives a comprehensive view of the principles of this science and participates in personalized laboratory instruction and individual research.
A major in chemistry is excellent preparation for graduate studies, medical studies, health science careers, education, scientific writing, and careers in food, petroleum, and textiles. The B.A. degree in chemistry is designed for those interested in secondary science teaching, chemical technology, and other broadly-based careers requiring a science background.
All students enrolled in a laboratory course will be required to pass an annual Laboratory Safety Exam. Each student will be allowed to take the test a maximum of two times. If a student does not pass the exam on the second attempt, he or she will be dropped from all laboratory classes.
Chemistry Bachelor of Arts
Courses Required for a B.A. Degree in Chemistry
Plus two additional upper division courses in Chemistry. An overall grade point average of 2.0 in major courses is required for the degree.
Total units in Chemistry: 37
Total units in mathematics and physics: 20
Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units, including Modern Language requirement.
Chemistry Bachelor of Science
Courses Required for a B.S. Degree in Chemistry
Total units in Chemistry: 46
Total units in Mathematics and Physics: 26
Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units. An overall grade point average of 2.0 in major courses is required for the degree.
Medical schools accept students from any degree program. A strong background in science, including chemistry, biology and mathematics, is recommended for successful performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and for admissions to medical programs. Successful completion of the B.S. or B.A. degree with a major in chemistry provides excellent preparation for medical, dental or pharmaceutical studies.
Plus two additional upper division courses in Chemistry selected from: CHE 109, 110A, 110B, 111 120 or 190. An overall grade point average of 2.0 in requisite courses is required for the minor.
Total units in Chemistry: 30
CHE 1A General Chemistry (3)
Atomic theory, atomic structure and the periodic table; oxidation-reduction reactions; structure and properties of solids, liquids, and gases; kinetic theory and colligative properties. Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour.
Prerequisites: High school chemistry, three years of high school mathematics, and satisfactory score on the Algebra or Calculus Placement Examination, or grade of C or better in CHE 3 or PHS 1.IIID, VIIB
CHE 1D General Chemistry Discussion (1)
A weekly recitation session involving quantitative problem solving for general chemistry. A mandatory corequisite for CHE 1A unless CHE 1A is being taken as an online course. Discussion, one hour.
CHE 1AL General Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Quantitative techniques including gravimetric and volumetric analyses; qualitative techniques including isolation of compounds and descriptive chemistry of inorganic compounds. Laboratory, four hours per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHE 1A (recommended) or completion of CHE 1A with a grade of C or better.
CHE 1B General Chemistry (4)
Equilibria, acid-base chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, molecular structure and bonding, and electrochemistry. Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour.
Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in CHE 1A.GS-VIIB
CHE 1BH General Chemistry: Honors Section (1)
Acid-base behavior, thermodynamics concepts, transition metal complexes, and kinetics. Emphasis will be on research approaches to problem solving and data analysis. Laboratory, four hours per week. Prerequisite: CHE 1A with grade of B or better or consent of instructor. Open only to students admitted to the Honors Programs.
CHE 1BL General Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Calorimetry and thermodynamics experiments, instrumental methods, including spectrophotometers and pH meters; transition metal chemistry. Laboratory, four hours per week. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHE 1A and concurrent enrollment in CHE 1B (recommended) or completion of CHE 1B with a grade of C- or better.
CHE 3 Foundations of Chemistry (3)
An introduction to the principles and laws of chemistry including atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, and introductory organic chemistry. Lecture, three hours.
Note: This course is a prerequisite to CHE 1A if the student fails to qualify for CHE 1A.GS-IIID
CHE 4 Foundations of Chemistry in the Laboratory (1)
Application of fundamental concepts including measurements, empirical formulas, energy in reactions, physical states of matter, and solution behavior. Laboratory, 2 hours. Prerequisite: Past or concurrent enrollment in CHE 3. It is highly recommended that students take this course concurrently with CHE 3.
CHE 6A Organic Chemistry (4)
Nomenclature, bonding, structure, and stereochemistry of organic molecules. Introduction to reactions, reaction mechanisms, and organic synthesis. Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisite: Grade of C - or better in CHE 1B.
CHE 6AL Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Methods of separations, purification, and identification of organic compounds; introduction to synthesis, and fundamentals of scientific writing. Laboratory, four hours per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHE 6A (recommended) or completion of CHE 6A with a grade of C - or better.
CHE 6B Organic Chemistry (4)
Continuation of Chemistry 6A. Reactions of functional groups and aromatic compounds; synthesis. NMR and IR spectroscopy. Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisite: Grade of C - or better in CHE 6A.
CHE 6BL Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Synthesis and reactions of typical organic compounds; scientific writing; introduction to qualitative analysis, infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Laboratory, four hours per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHE 6B (recommended) or completion of CHE 6A with a grade of C- or better.
Except where noted, a grade of C or better in prerequisite courses or consent of the department is required for any upper division Chemistry course.
CHE 104 Qualitative Organic Analysis (3)
Microtechniques, separation of mixtures, derivatives, identification of unknown organic compounds, spectroscopic methods. Lecture, one hour; laboratory, eight hours. Prerequisite: CHE 6B.
CHE 107 Biochemistry (3)
The study of the molecular components of cells with emphasis on physical and chemical properties and biological functions. An introduction to enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics and the central pathways of carbohydrate metabolism. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: CHE 6B. GS-VIIA
CHE 107L Biochemistry Laboratory (1)
Techniques in the isolation and characterization of biomolecules with an emphasis on proteins. Introduction to enzyme kinetics. Laboratory, four hours per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHE 107 (recommended) or completion of CHE 107 with a grade of C- or better. GS-VIIB
CHE 109 Advanced Biochemistry (3)
Gluconeogenesis, photosynthesis, metabolism of fatty acids and cholesterol, biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins. Topics from among the following: biophysical spectroscopy, DNA damage and repair, neurochemistry, biochemistry of vision, metals in biochemistry. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisite: CHE 107 with a grade of C- or better.
CHE 110A Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics (4)
Laws of thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and properties of real gases. Lecture, four hours.
Prerequisites: CHE 1B, MTH 5AB; recommended: PHY 11B (or 1B), CIS 1B. GS-VIIB
CHE 110B Physical Chemistry: Dynamics (3)
Kinetic theory, transport processes, properties of real solutions, cell emf, chemical kinetics and quantum mechanics. Computer analysis of problems in the preceding areas. Lecture, three hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 110A.GS-VIIB
CHE 111 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2)
Chemical and phase equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics and transport processes, conductance, diffusion. Laboratory, six hours. Prerequisite: CHE 110A.
CHE 120 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (3)
Theory and applications of modern instrumental methods including gas chromatography, various spectroscopic methods and selected electrochemical methods. Lecture, one hour; laboratory, eight hours. Prerequisite: CHE 6B or consent of instructor.
CHE 130 Biochemical Methods (3)
Experimental techniques in biochemistry. Chromatography, electrophoresis, and spectroscopic methods applied to the preparation and measurement of biochemical substances. Lecture, one hour; laboratory, eight hours. Prerequisite: CHE 107
CHE 190 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry of inorganic systems with emphasis on reaction mechanisms, metal complexes, bonding and periodic relationships. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1B.
CHE 195H Senior Honors Thesis (3)
Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.
CHE 196 Internship (1-3)
An intensive work-study program for qualified upper division students. The student is responsible for setting up the internship in conjunction with the appropriate faculty and the office of Career Planning and Placement. The internship must be approved by the department chairperson.
CHE 197 Seminar (1-3)
CHE 98/198 Topics in Chemistry (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of chemistry staff.
CHE 199 Research in Chemistry (1-3)
Research problems to be arranged with individual faculty members. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of chemistry staff.