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ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (CH34)
EFFECTIVE FALL 2017

Requirements for the ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY B.S. Degree

Students have an option of earning a B.S. in the Environmental Chemistry that is ACS-Certified or not.  The ACS certified version is recommended for those who intend to apply to graduate school in Chemistry.  The Non-Certified program is designed to prepare students to enter the industrial, government, or legal workforce, or to continue studies in some of the environmental sciences. Click here to read more about the Learning Objectives for the Environmental Chemistry major.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO 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 (CHEM 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 2BL, 2CL or 2DL)
  5. Calculus (MATH 20A, 20B, 20C, & 20D)
  6. Organic Chemistry (CHEM 40A & 40B or 40AH & 40BH)
  7. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 43A or 43AM)

Upper-Division, mostly, Requirements

  1. Physical Chemistry (CHEM 130, 131, & 132 Recommended.  CHEM 126 & 127 Acceptable)
  2. Required Laboratory Courses (must take all 3):  
    • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 100A)
    • Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 100B)
    • Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 105A)
  1. Environmental Chemistry I & II (CHEM 171 and 172)
  2. Atmospheric Chemistry (CHEM 173)
  3. Marine Chemistry (CHEM 174)
  4. Environmental Electives (Select 4 of the following options. At least 2 of the 4 must be upper division.  It is your responsibility to make sure you take the appropriate upper division electives to meet the 48-Unit Residency Requirement):
    • Biochemical Structure and Function (CHEM 114A)
    • Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 120A)
    • Organic Chemistry III (CHEM 40C)
    • Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 143C)
    • The Cell (BILD 1)*
    • Multicellular Life (BILD 2)*
    • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (BILD 3)*
    • Ecology Laboratory (BIEB 121)
    • Biodiversity (BIEB140)
    • Conservation and the Human Predicament (BIEB 176)
    • Environmental Biology (ESYS 101)
    • Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences (SIO 50)
    • California Coastal Oceanography (SIO 101)
    • Introduction to Geochemistry (SIO 102)
    • Introduction to Geophysics (SIO 103)
    • Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry (SIO 144)
    • Statistical Methods (Math 183)
    • Other courses (including labs and 4-units of CHEM 199) may be considered by petition.  

*BILD 1, 2 and 3 must be satisfied with course work.  Advanced placement (AP), A-Level, and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits will not be accepted toward the elective requirements.


For ACS Certification

Replace the 4 electives listed above with 5 of the following courses:

  1.  ACS Electives (must take all 3):
    1. Organic Chemistry III (CHEM 40C)
    2. Biochemical Structure and Function (CHEM 114A)
    3. Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 120A)
  2. ACS Laboratories (select 2 of the following):  
    1. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (CHEM 143B)
    2. Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 143C)
    3. Molecular Design and Synthesis Laboratory (CHEM 143D)
    4. Protein Biochemistry Laboratory (CHEM 108)
    5. Recombinant DNA Laboratory (CHEM 109)
    6. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 123)
    7. Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 105B)

Recommended (but not required) Electives

Non-science elective courses used to meet General Education requirements or chosen as free electives might well include some among:  ECON 1, 2, 3, 131, 132, HIUS 154, Poli. SCI 10, 160AA, 162, Soc. 185, USP 2, 124, 144, 171.

Suggested Program for Environmental Chemistry B.S. Major

  • ACS certification requires additional courses and eliminates electives not factored in below
  • Talk to your college for planning general education courses
  • Many courses have enforced prerequisites or are offered once per year.
  • Fall of Sophomore or Junior year is the 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 MATH 20C
PHYS 2A CHEM 7LM or 7L
SOPHOMORE YEAR
CHEM 40A CHEM 40B CHEM 43AM or 43A
MATH 20D PHYS 2C or 2D Chemistry Elective
PHYS 2B PHYS 2CL
JUNIOR YEAR
CHEM 127/126 CHEM 127/126 CHEM 105A
CHEM 171 CHEM 172 CHEM 173
CHEM 100A Chemistry Elective
SENIOR YEAR
Chemistry Elective CHEM 100B CHEM 174
Chemistry Elective

Environmental Chemistry Major Checklist

Environmental Chemistry 4-Year Plan (Printer Friendly PDF)