Chemistry

Program Description:

Generally Prepares Individuals for: Biochemistry; Environmental Toxicology; Nanoscience; Organic/Inorganic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter, its structure, and the changes it undergoes when converted from one form to another. Most four-year colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry. Bachelor’s degree programs prepare people for beginning jobs as Chemists. Community colleges offer the first two years of the four-year program. Most universities offer master’s and doctoral degrees in Chemistry. Graduate degree programs usually provide specialized study in subfields of Chemistry such as Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry. An advanced degree is frequently required for a career in research and development or in teaching.

Programs in Environmental Toxicology focus on the scientific study of the health effects associated with exposure to toxic chemicals and systems occurring in the natural, work, and living environments; the management of environmental toxins and toxicity; and the development of protection for humans, animals, and plants. Instruction includes: applied ecology; microbiology; toxin transport, fate, and degradation; dermal toxicology; reproductive and genetic toxicology; atmospheric and environmental chemistry; metals toxicology; environmental mutagens and biotransformation; nutrient interaction; chemical sensitivity, disorders, and disease; risk assessment; animal waste management; environmental health; and hazardous materials management.

Nanoscience is the study of ultra-small materials (one nanometer is one millionth of a meter). Research in nanoscience usually involves a multidisciplinary approach, and may include chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, and various types of engineering.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Preparation for a major in chemistry should include courses in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Foreign Language (preferably German or Russian), science electives, and speech. Transfer students should take some or all of the following to prepare for upper division chemistry:

  • Calculus General Chemistry with Lab
  • French, Russian, or German
  • Physics with Lab
  • Quantitative Analysis

TYPICAL COURSE WORK

Although the courses included are typical for this program, the curriculum offered can vary greatly from school to school. We recommend that you visit school web sites for specific course descriptions or check the school catalogs.

Instruction consists of lectures, laboratory classes, scientific reading, and technical report writing. Classes may include:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis

For further information about specific coursework consult individual catalogs or call the chemistry department within the school of interest.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements vary with school, degree, and specialty. See college catalogs for details.

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  • Mathematics
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  • Biotechnical Researchers
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GENERAL INFORMATION & STRATEGIES 

  • Undergraduate degree sufficient for entry-level positions such as lab coordinator, research assistant, product testing or analysis, technical sales, or service representative.
  • Maintain high grade point average and secure strong recommendations for graduate school.
  • Master’s degree sufficient for most applied research positions, industrial work, and some community college teaching.
  • Find research opportunities with professors and other experts in the field to gain experience.
  • Ph.D. degree required for university teaching and advanced positions in management and research and development. Postdoctoral experience is preferred for research positions in industry, universities, and government.
  • Advanced degrees help speed career advancement.
  • Develop strong computer, mathematics, and science skills/knowledge.
  • Obtain part-time, volunteer, co-op, internship, or summer experience.
  • Obtain practical experience using various laboratory equipment and high-tech scientific equipment and data.
  • Complete an undergraduate research project.
  • Consider electives in computer science, engineering, business, public speaking, and writing.
  • Join related student professional organizations.
  • Read related professional magazines and journals.

Schools Offering This Major/Training Program:

California State University:

CPSU San Luis Obispo

  • Biochemistry BS
  • Chemistry BS (Concentration: Polymer and Coatings)
  • Polymers and Coating Science MS

CSU Pomona

  • Chemistry BS/Minor (Options: Chemical Sciences; Industrial Chemistry; Molecular Modeling and Simulation)
  • Chemistry MS

CSU Bakersfield

  • Chemistry BS/Minor (Concentration: Biochemistry)

CSU Channel Islands

  • Chemistry BA (Subject Matter Preparation in Teaching Chemistry)
  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Option BS

CSU Chico

  • Biochemistry BS
  • Chemistry (American Chemical Society) Certificate
  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor

CSU Dominguez Hills

  • Biochemistry BS
  • Chemistry BA (Option: Biochemistry)
  • Chemistry BS

CSU East Bay

  • Biochemistry BS/BA
  • Chemistry BA
  • Chemistry BS (Option: Forensic Science)
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Option MS

CSU Fresno

  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor/MS

CSU Fullerton

  • Biochemistry BS
  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor/MS

CSU Humboldt State University

  • Chemistry BA (Option: Chemical Technology)
  • Chemistry BS (Options: Biochemistry; Environmental Toxicology)
  • Chemistry Minor

CSU Long Beach

  • Biochemistry BS/MS
  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor/MS

CSU Los Angeles

  • Biochemistry BS
  • Chemistry BA/BS/MS

CSU Northridge

  • Biochemistry BS/MS
  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor/MS

CSU Sacramento

  • Chemistry BA (Concentrations: Biochemistry; Forensic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry BS/Minor (Concentrations: General Chemistry; Biochemistry)
  • Chemistry MS (Concentration: Biochemistry; General Chemistry)

CSU San Bernardino

  • Chemistry BS (Options: American Chemistry Certified (ACS); Biochemistry)
  • Chemistry Minor

CSU San Diego State University

  • Chemistry BA (Emphases: Single Subject Teaching-Credential; Certificate of the American Chemical Society)
  • Chemistry BS/Minor (Emphasis: Biochemistry)
  • Chemistry MA/MS/Ph.D

CSU San Francisco State University

  • Biochemistry BS
  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor/MS
  • Chemistry, Concentration in Biochemistry MS

CSU San Jose State University

  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor/MA/MS
  • Chemistry BS (Concentrations: Biochemistry; Materials Science)
  • Chemistry, Preparation for Teaching BA

CSU San Marcos

  • Biochemistry BS
  • Chemistry BS/Minor

CSU Sonoma State University

  • Biochemistry BS
  • Chemistry BA/BS/Minor

CSU Stanislaus

  • Chemistry BA/BS (Concentration: Environmental Sciences)

University of California:

UC Berkeley

  • Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry MS/Ph.D
  • Chemical Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites, general education requirements and content of personal statement. Transfer students are screened for completion of one year of general chemistry, calculus, physics, plus two additional courses toward the major. For more information, contact 510-642-3452.
  • Chemistry (Letters and Science) BA Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites, general education requirements and content of personal statement. Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division general education requirements which must be completed by the end of the preceding spring term for fall. For more information, contact 510-642-3175.
  • Chemistry BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants are screened for completion of major prerequisites, general education requirements and content of personal statement. Transfer students are screened for completion of one year of general chemistry, calculus, physics, plus two additional courses toward the major. For more information, contact 510-642-3452.
  • Chemistry MS/Ph.D.
  • Comparative Biochemistry Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary)

UC Davis

  • Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry MS/Ph.D.
  • Chemistry AB/BS/Minor/MS/Ph.D
  • Environmental Toxicology BS/Minor
  • Fiber and Polymer Science BS/Minor

UC Irvine

  • Chemistry BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants must have a cumulative UC transferable GPA of 2.8 and are required to have completed one year of approved calculus with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, applicants must complete a year of general chemistry with lab with a minimum GPA of 3.0. For more information, contact 949-824-6507.
  • Chemistry MS/Ph.D.
  • Environmental Toxicology MS/Ph.D

UC Los Angeles

  • Biochemistry BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Biological Chemistry (Medicine) MS/Ph.D.
  • Chemistry BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Chemistry MS/C.Phil/Ph.D.
  • Chemistry, General BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.
  • Chemistry/Materials Science BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants are screened for completion of lower division major and general education requirements. For more information, contact 310-825-3101.

UC Merced

  • Biochemistry BS (Planned natural sciences major)
  • Chemical Sciences BS (Emphases: Biological Chemistry; Chemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Materials Chemistry)

UC Riverside

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS/Ph.D.
  • Biochemistry BA/B Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants must have a GPA of 2.70 in transferable coursework and must complete one-year sequences in three specified areas of sciences and mathematics. For more information, contact 951-827-7294.
  • Chemistry BA/Minor Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Transfer applicants must have a GPA of 2.70 in transferable coursework and must complete one-year sequences in three specified areas of sciences and mathematics. For more information, contact 951-827-7294.
  • Chemistry BS (Options: Chemical Physics; Environmental Chemistry)
  • Chemistry MS/Ph.D.

UC San Diego

  • Biochemistry/Chemistry BS
  • Biochemistry/Chemistry: Molecular Synthesis BS
  • Chemical Education BS
  • Chemical Physics BS
  • Chemistry BS/Minor/MS
  • Chemistry Ph.D (Specializations: Bioinformatics; Computational Science; Multiscale Biology)
  • Chemistry/Earth Sciences BS
  • Chemistry: Bioinformatics BS/Ph.D.
  • Environmental Chemistry BA/BS/Minor
  • Pharmacology Chemistry BS

UC San Francisco

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary)

UC Santa Barbara

  • Biochemistry-Molecular Biology BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA. Contact the appropriate department for more information.
  • Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Ph.D
  • Chemistry (Creative Studies) BA/BS Additional requirements and/or Impacted programs: Applicants must submit supplemental application directly to the College of Creative Studies with the following: high school and/or college transcripts; two letters of recommendation on student academic background. For more information, contact 805-893-8974.
  • Chemistry (Letters and Science) BA/BS
  • Chemistry MA/MS/Ph.D.

UC Santa Cruz

  • Chemistry BA/Minor/MS/Ph.D
  • Chemistry BS (Concentrations: Biochemistry; Environmental Chemistry)

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