Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • department of chemistry

Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is designed for students who desire: a) a strong chemistry background for careers in the health field (see advisor concerning additional necessary courses); b) careers in industry, technical sales, government laboratories, patent law, library fields, etc.; c) a single subject teaching credential (Physical Sciences) under the Ryan Act. A total of 120 units is required to complete a B.A. degree with a major in Chemistry.


The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed to prepare students who desire: (1) to pursue graduate work in chemistry; (2) to teach chemistry in the secondary school; (3) to work in industry or government laboratories; (4) to work in the field of technical sales, hazardous materials testing and handling, chemical literature, or chemical patents. A total of 128 units is required. Completion of one year of German, Russian or French is strongly recommended.


The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree is designed for students who desire: a) pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy or pre-veterinary preparation; b) graduate study in biochemistry; c) careers in the life sciences that require an understanding of biological phenomena at the molecular level. A total of 128 units are required, 47 of which are upper-division.


The Minor in Chemistry