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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Degree Programs

Typical Program for Chemistry Majors

First Year

Fall Quarter

  • General chemistry and laboratory
  • First Year Seminar (FSEM)
  • Calculus
  • Common Curriculum

Winter Quarter

  • Organic chemistry I and lab
  • Writing
  • Calculus
  • Biology (for biochemistry majors and preprofessional students) or University Physics and lab

Spring Quarter

  • Organic chemistry II and lab
  • Writing
  • Calculus
  • Biology (for biochemistry majors and preprofessional students) or University Physics and lab

Second Year

Fall Quarter

  • Organic chemistry III and lab
  • University Physics and lab

Winter Quarter

  • Analysis of equilibrium systems and lab

Spring Quarter

  • Chemistry of the elements

Third and Fourth Year

This is when you shape your curriculum to obtain the best background for your particular goals. All majors must take at least one quarter of physical chemistry. A required course in instrumental analysis provides experience with a wide variety of cutting-edge laboratory instruments and techniques. Frontiers in Chemistry provides exposure to research techniques. Students in this course learn how to research a project in the literature, plan and execute experiments to accomplish the project, and present the results, all in a team situation. Students take advanced courses in the areas of biochemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, or environmental chemistry, depending on their major and interests. All majors are encouraged to undertake a research project with a faculty member. These years consolidate the background material learned in your beginning classes and allow you to develop into an independent researcher.