Chemistry BS

The Chemistry BS degree is certified by the American Chemical Society and is recommended for those intending to pursue graduate work or who desire a strong technical background.  Senior research is required for this program.

Requirements - Bachelor of Science Degree
Units required for the Major: 77
Minimum total units required for the BS: 122
A minimum grade of ''C-'' is required in all courses applied to the Chemistry major. Grades below "C-" in prerequisite courses do not satisfy prerequisite requirements. 
Note: Additional units may be required to meet the Sacramento State foreign language requirement. 
Courses in parentheses are prerequisites. 
A. Required Lower Division Courses (44 units)

(5) CHEM 1A* General Chemistry I (High school chemistry and college algebra; sufficient performance on the college algebra diagnostic test, or equivalent)

(5) CHEM 1B General Chemistry II (CHEM 1A with a passing grade of "C" or better)

(3) CHEM 24 Organic Chemistry Lecture I (CHEM 1B)

(3) CHEM 25 Organic Chemistry Lab (CHEM 24CHEM 124CHEM 124 may be taken concurrently)

(4) CHEM 31 Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 1B)

(4) MATH 30 Calculus I (MATH 29 or four years of high school mathematics which includes two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and one year of mathematical analysis; completion of ELM requirement and Pre-Calculus diagnostic test)

(4) MATH 31 Calculus II (MATH 30 or appropriate high school based AP credit)

(4) MATH 32 Calculus III (MATH 31)

(4) PHYS 11A General Physics: Mechanics (MATH 30MATH 31 or equivalent certificated high school courses; MATH 31 may be taken concurrently)

(4) PHYS 11B General Physics: Heat, Light, Sound (MATH 31PHYS 11A)

(4) PHYS 11C General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics (MATH 31PHYS 11A)

*Passing a placement exam or obtaining a passing grade of "C" or better in CHEM 4 is required to enroll in CHEM 1A.

B. Required Upper Division Courses (33 units)

(3) CHEM 110 Inorganic Chemistry Lecture (CHEM 125CHEM 140B or CHEM 142 or instructor permission; CHEM 140B may be taken concurrently, however, students are encouraged to complete CHEM 140B and CHEM 141 first; Corequisite: CHEM 110L)

(2) CHEM 110L Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 125ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course; Corequisite: CHEM 110)

(3) CHEM 124 Organic Chemistry Lecture II (CHEM 24, or instructor permission; concurrent enrollment in CHEM 25 recommended)

(3) CHEM 125 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 25CHEM 124ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course)

(4) CHEM 133 Chemical Instrumentation (CHEM 31CHEM 140B or CHEM 142ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course)

(3) CHEM 140A Physical Chemistry Lecture I (CHEM 1BCHEM 24CHEM 31MATH 32PHYS 5APHYS 5B or PHYS 11APHYS 11BPHYS 11CPHYS 11C may be taken concurrently)

(3) CHEM 140B Physical Chemistry Lecture II (CHEM 140A)

(3) CHEM 141 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 140ACHEM 140BCHEM 142 ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course; CHEM 140B may be taken concurrently)

(3) CHEM 160A Structure and Function of Biological Molecules (CHEM 124MATH 26A or MATH 30 is recommended)

(6) Additional courses from the following to a minimum total of 33 upper division units in Chemistry. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

CHEM 128 Organic Synthesis (CHEM 124)

CHEM 198 Senior Research (One upper division chemistry laboratory class, ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course, instructor permission and department chair permission)

An appropriate upper division mathematics or physics course approved by advisor and department chair.