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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and apply the fundamental concepts of chemistry in the following areas: calculation and estimation, structure and properties of atoms, ions and molecules, chemical bonding and chemical reactivity.
  2. Use techniques and modern tools to conduct, design, analyze, and interpret experiments in chemistry and biochemistry.
  3. Communicate effectively with the scientific community.
  4. Apply concepts of math, physical and biological sciences to chemical problems.
  5. Integrate the concepts, skills and attitudes from a general education with his/her major program to understand and explain the impact of chemistry, science and technology on issues in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 

Degree Requirements and Curriculum 

In addition to the program requirements on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No Major, Support or Concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B1 & B3) 14
CHEM 125General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II4
CHEM 126General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering III4
CHEM 203Undergraduate Seminar I1
CHEM 216Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 217Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 218Organic Chemistry III3
CHEM 221Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 303Undergraduate Seminar II1
CHEM 324Organic Chemistry Laboratory III2
CHEM 331Quantitative Analysis 25
CHEM 351Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 352Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 353Physical Chemistry III3
CHEM 356Physical Chemistry Laboratory (GWR)2
CHEM 357Physical Chemistry III Lab1
CHEM 369Biochemical Principles (Upper-Division B) 15
CHEM 403Undergraduate Seminar III: Senior Project1
CHEM 439Instrumental Analysis5
CHEM 481Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 484Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory2
Select from the following:15/18
Polymers and Coatings Concentration (18 units)
Approved Advanced Chemistry Electives (15 units) 3
Genetic Engineering Technology
Chemical and Biological Warfare
Introduction to Air Pollution
Selected Environmental Issues of California's Central Coast
Bioinformatics Applications
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Marine Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Molecular Biology
Chemistry of Drugs and Poisons
Advanced Undergraduate Research 4
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry - Mechanisms
Advanced Organic Chemistry - Synthesis
Nutritional Biochemistry
Physical Biochemistry
Polymers & Coatings I
Polymers & Coatings II
Surface Chemistry of Materials
Polymers and Coatings Laboratory I
Polymers and Coatings Laboratory II
Polymers and Coatings Internship
Polymers and Coatings III
Polymers and Coatings Laboratory III
Functional Polymeric Materials
Advanced Organic Chemistry: Spectroscopy
Honors Research
College Teaching Practicum
Learning Assistant Seminar
Selected Advanced Topics
Protein Techniques Laboratory
Biochemical Pharmacology
Cooperative Education Experience 5
Cooperative Education Experience 5
The Learn By Doing Lab Teaching Practicum
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B3) 14
MATH 141Calculus I (B4) 14
MATH 142Calculus II (GE Electives) 14
MATH 143Calculus III4
MATH 241Calculus IV4
Select from the following:3-4
Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers
C and Unix
Linear Algebra I
Linear Analysis I
Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Statistical Methods for Engineers
PHYS 141General Physics I4
PHYS 142General Physics II4
PHYS 143General Physics III4
Physics elective (200-level and above)3
(See GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives9-13
Total units180


Students may select the following concentration instead of Advanced Approved Chemistry Electives in Major Courses:

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 52 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Major) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units52