MOLECULAR SYNTHESIS (CH36) FALL 2017

Requirements for the MOLECULAR SYNTHESIS B.S. Degree

The Molecular Synthesis major offers a thorough training in all aspects of the molecular synthesis of organic, inorganic, and biological substances, along with a fundamental understanding of their structure and reactivity. This major provides an excellent preparation for employment in biotechnology, diagnostic, electronic, and pharmaceutical enterprises as well as for graduate programs in organic, bioorganic, and inorganic chemistry. Click here to read more about the Learning Objectives for the Molecular Synthesis Chemistry major.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS THAT MATRICULATED FALL 2017 AND AFTER.

CLICK HERE FOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS THAT MATRICULATED PRIOR TO 2017


The following courses must be taken for a letter grade:

Lower-Division Requirements

  1. General Chemistry (6A, 6B & 6C or 6AH, 6BH & 6CH)
  2. General Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 7L or CHEM 7LM)
  3. Physics (PHYS 2A, 2B & 2C or 2D)
  4. Physics Laboratory (PHYS 2CL Recommended as it's the prerequisite for CHEM 105A.  PHYS 2BL or 2DL accepted)
  5. Calculus (MATH 20A, 20B, 20C & 20D)
  6. Organic Chemistry (CHEM 40A, 40B & 40C or 40AH, 40BH & 40CH)
  7. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 43A or 43AM)

Upper-Division Requirements

  1. Physical Chemistry (CHEM126 & 127 Recommended. CHEM130-132 Acceptable)
  2. Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 120A & B)
  3. Biochemistry (CHEM 114A)
  4. Required Laboratory Courses (Must take all 5):  
    • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 100A) 
    • Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (CHEM 143B) 
    • Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 105A)
    • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 123)
    • Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 143C) OR Molecular Design and Synthesis Laboratory (CHEM 143D)
  1. Synthetic Methods (CHEM 152)               
  2. Structural or Mechanistic Organic Chemistry (CHEM 154 or CHEM 156)
  3. Bioorganic or Bioinorganic Chemistry (CHEM 125 or CHEM 157)                             
  4. One additional course from the following:
    • Biochemical Energetics and Metabolism (CHEM 114B)
    • Biosynthesis of Macromolecules (CHEM 114C)
    • Synthesis of Complex Molecules (CHEM 155)
    • Introduction to Computational Chemistry  (CHEM185)
    • 4 units of CHEM 199 may be petitioned

* These are course changes for students who entered UCSD in Fall 2012 or later.  Students who entered UCSD prior to Fall 2012 will still need 3 quarters of CHEM 131, 132 and 133.

Suggested Program for Molecular Synthesis B.S. Major

  • Talk to your college for planning general education courses
  • Many courses have enforced prerequisites or are offered once per year.
  • Best time to study abroad. Education Abroad Program deadlines for upcoming year vary by country. See EAP website. See the Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Advisor for assistance in planning to study abroad.

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

FRESHMAN YEAR
CHEM 6A CHEM 6B CHEM 6C
MATH 20A MATH 20B CHEM 7L
MATH 20C
SOPHOMORE YEAR
CHEM 100A CHEM 40B CHEM 143B
CHEM 40A CHEM 43A CHEM 40C
MATH 20D PHYS 2B PHYS 2C/2D
PHYS 2A PHYS 2CL
JUNIOR YEAR
CHEM 120A CHEM 120B CHEM 105A
CHEM 126 CHEM 123 CHEM 143D**
CHEM 143C** CHEM 127
SENIOR YEAR
CHEM 114A CHEM 154/156 CHEM 125/157
CHEM 152 Elective


** Choose one of two from the list above.

Molecular Synthesis Chemistry Major Checklist

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