Overview of the Majors and Minor

The following is a quick overview of our eight majors and Chemistry minor. For specific information on requirements and suggested four-year plans for each major, please use the navigation bar to the left.

Chemistry Majors

  • The Chemistry B.S. provides a broad introduction to the chemical sciences.
  • The Biochemistry/Chemistry B.S. focuses on the chemical processes in living organisms, including the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids.
  • The Environmental Chemistry B.S. combines a strong foundation in chemistry with studies in other environmentally-related disciplines, including economics, biology, political science, and earth science.
  • The Pharmacological Chemistry B.S. has a curriculum that includes the requirements of most California pharmacy schools, but which also allows students to prepare for graduate school, health careers, or chemistry work.
  • The Molecular Synthesis B.S. provides thorough training in all aspects of molecular substances with a fundamental understanding of structure and reactivity.

Chemistry Minor

  • A typical minor in chemistry consists of three lower-division lecture courses and at least one laboratory course, followed by a minimum of five upper-division courses, including at least one laboratory course, focused in physical, inorganic, organic, environmental chemistry, or biochemistry.

Majors to be Discontinued (PENDING*)

  • The Chemical Education B.S. combines training in chemistry, physics, earth science, biology and teaching to prepare students for a career in science teaching.
  • The Chemical Physics B.S. applies concepts from physics to the description of atoms and moelcules to analyze matter as a statistical assembly of molecules.
  • The Bioinformatics B.S. in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry provides an interdisciplinary program focusing on the quantitative study of biological systems from a chemical sciences perspective.

*Students are encouraged to select another Chemistry major, as these majors listed above (Chemical Eduation-CH33, Chemical Physics-CH32, and Bioinformatics-CH37) are under review by the Academic Senate to be discontinued. Students who are currently declared will still be able to earn their degree in these major codes.