Chemistry and Biochemistry / Undergraduate Study

General Chemistry BS

The General Chemistry major is for students who wish to acquire considerable chemical background in preparation for careers outside chemistry. The requirements are accordingly quite flexible. The major may be appropriate for some students who plan to enter professional schools, such as those of pharmacy, dentistry, or public health. This major cannot be taken as part of a double major. Students must declare the major before reaching 135 units.

Learning Outcomes

The General Chemistry major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated mastery of fundamental chemical knowledge in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry through in-depth problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical reasoning
  • Effective communication of chemical knowledge through written materials, oral presentations, and teaching in a variety of settings
  • Use of information resources for exploration and investigation of chemistry principles and models
  • Understanding of the role of chemistry in addressing contemporary societal and global issues
  • Ability to perform and teach basic laboratory procedures and techniques involving the synthesis of molecules
  • Ability to perform and teach the measurement of chemical properties, structures, and phenomena
  • Knowledge of how to handle chemicals in a safe manner following OSHA-approved regulations and procedures
  • Knowledge of how to use information resources to search and access safety databases

Preparation for the Major

Required: Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A (or 20AH), 20B (or 20BH), 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B, 30BL, 30C, 30CL; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 33B; Physics 1A, 1B, and 1C (or 1AH, 1BH, and 1CH), 4BL.

Students must complete the preparation courses with at least a 2.0 grade-point average.

The Major

Required: Chemistry and Biochemistry 110A, 153A, 153L, 171; three additional upper-division courses in the department (at least one must be a laboratory course); six additional upper-division courses. A 2.0 grade-point average is required in all upper-division courses in the department. Acceptance into the major is based on an original written proposal that is coherent in terms of student interests and objectives. The proposal should specify which courses students plan to apply toward the major and requires the approval of the faculty adviser.