Chemistry

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program Description

Chemistry is the area of science in which the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of substances are studied. The Chemistry Department at Sacramento State offers a BS in Chemistry, a BS in Biochemistry, a BA in Chemistry (including concentrations in Biochemistry or Forensic Chemistry), and the MS degree in Chemistry (including a concentration in Biochemistry).

The BS degrees are recommended for students intending to pursue graduate work in Chemistry or Biochemistry or those desiring a strong technical background for work in the chemical or biotechnology industry or other highly technical areas. The BS Chemistry degree is approved by the American Chemical Society.

The BA degree is more flexible in terms of upper division electives and is recommended for students interested in professional health degrees, forensic chemistry, or other programs with a major component of chemistry. Students planning to teach Chemistry at the secondary school level are advised to obtain a BA in Chemistry.

The graduate program in Chemistry leads to a Master of Science (MS) degree. It provides students an opportunity to receive advanced training in chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical education and to pursue independent research. The MS program enhances a student's overall knowledge in chemistry and experimental skills and prepares students for careers in industry and teaching and for entry into PhD and professional programs.

Special Features

  • The Department of Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, and students graduating with the BS Chemistry degree will receive a certificate from the Society.
  • Extensive available instrumentation includes a three Hewlett- Packard 5890 Series II GC-Mass spectrometers; a Hitachi LC-Mass spectrometer; a Bruker Avance-500 NMR; a Bruker Avance-300 NMR; a Bruker MSL 300MHz wide bore NMR; a Nicolet IS-50 FTIR; a Perkin-Elmer 2000 FTIR; a Shimadzu UV-2401 PC spectrometer; a Shimadzu, RF-5301PC spectrofluorometer; numerous uv-vis diode array spectrophotometers; a Beckman L2-50 ultracentrifuge; numerous Agilent/HPLC systems; an EPR spectrometer; two Perkin-Elmer atomic absorption spectrometers; Powder XRD; thermoanalyzer; a QuantumCube computational system; several gas chromatographs.
  • Several science computing labs are available to students.
  • The Chemistry faculty strongly believe that students majoring in Chemistry should have an opportunity to participate in basic or applied research and to work closely with faculty in developing their chemical skills and knowledge. Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts majors are strongly encouraged to complete an independent research project. All graduate students must enroll in a graduate research course.
  • All faculty serve as advisors to students and have a strong commitment to helping students find jobs or gain admission to graduate programs or professional schools.
  • Our department environment is very similar to a small college liberal arts experience.

Career Possibilities

Students in our program learn both fundamental theory and practical application in all areas of chemistry (inorganic, analytical, organic, physical, biochemical) and they gain substantial experience operating highly sophisticated instrumentation. This prepares students for a wide variety of careers. Examples include: environmental chemistry, toxicology, materials science, government and industry laboratories, biotechnology, agricultural technology, high school science teaching, medicine, dentistry, optometry and other related health sciences, pharmacy and pharmacology, patent law, computational chemistry, forensic analysis, sales representative for instrument, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, art restoration and more.

Contact Information

Linda Roberts, Department Chair
Michelle Williams, Administrative Support Coordinator
Sequoia Hall 506
(916) 278-6684
www.csus.edu/chem

Faculty

BAKER, BRAD

CRAWFORD, SUSAN M.

DIXON, ROY W.

GHERMAN, BENJAMIN

HOUSTON, JACQUELINE

KELLEN-YUEN, CYNTHIA

LUCERO, CLAUDIA

MACK, JEFF

McCARTHY HINTZ, MARY

McREYNOLDS, KATHERINE

MIRANDA, JAMES

PARADIS, JEFFREY

RITCHEY, JAMES M.

ROBERTS, LINDA M.

SAVAGE, TOM

SPENCE, JOHN

 

Undergraduate Programs

Three BA programs are available: One without a concentration (general) and two with concentrations (Biochemistry or Forensic Chemistry). The common requirements of the three programs are shown below under "Core Requirements."

Safety

Due to the potential hazards some chemicals may present, safety is an essential element of all Chemistry laboratory classes, including independent research.  All students must adhere to the Department of Chemistry Laboratory Safety Policies (http://www.csus.edu/chem/safety.html).  Failure to adhere to the Safety Policies may constitute grounds for withdrawal from a course and/or dismissal from the program. 

Contact Lenses: 

Chemistry Department policy states that contact lenses are prohibited in all chemistry laboratories; prescription glasses should be worn instead. In addition, safety goggles are required in all laboratories. Laboratory aprons are recommended.

Advising

The Department believes advising of students is an important function. Members of the Chemistry Department who have a strong interest in advising have been selected to serve as advisors for students wishing to major in chemistry. Each represents a particular area of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, biochemistry, organic, and physical. Each Chemistry major will be assigned to one of these advisors when entering the Chemistry Department, coordinated to the area of each student's expressed interest.

Minimum Grade Requirements

In all courses required for the Chemistry major and minor, a minimum grade of "C-" must be earned with the exception of CHEM 1A which requires a grade of C or better. A minimum grade of "C-" is required in all prerequisite courses with the exception of CHEM 1A which requires a grade of C or better to meet the prerequisite requirement for CHEM 1B if a student has not achieved a "C-" in all prerequisite courses for a particular chemistry course, the instructor of the course will administratively remove the student from class.

Prerequisites

When enrolling in a course, it is required that the student will have met the specific prerequisites listed. A course listed as a prerequisite may have its own set of prerequisites. All must be met prior to enrolling in a chemistry course. Students not meeting the prerequisite requirements for a course will be administratively removed from the class.

Transfer Majors and Minors

Transfer students majoring in Chemistry must complete at least three of the required courses in chemistry while fulfilling the residence requirements of California State University, Sacramento. Transfer students seeking a minor in Chemistry must complete at least one upper division chemistry course at the University.

BA Degree in Chemistry

Three BA programs are available: One without a concentration (general) and two with concentrations (Biochemistry or Forensic Chemistry). The common requirements of the three programs are shown below under "Core Requirements."

Units required for Major: 64 -77

Minimum total units required for the BA: 120

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.

Three BA programs are available: One without a concentration (general) and two with concentrations (Biochemistry or Forensic Chemistry). The common requirements of the three programs are shown below under "Core Requirements."

Units required for Major: 64 -77

Minimum total units required for the BA: 120

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.

Core Requirements (39-43 Units)
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I 15
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
CHEM 24Organic Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM 25Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 31Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 124Organic Chemistry Lecture II3
MATH 30Calculus I4
MATH 31Calculus II4
Select one of the following sequences:8 - 12
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound
General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics
General Physics: Mechanics
General Physics: Heat, Light, Sound, Modern Physics
General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
Total Units39-43
1

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

Additional Requirements for Concentration

Units required: 25-34

Students should choose one of the three following focuses with advice from their Department advisor. Units are in addition to the core requirements above.

No Concentration - General (25 Units)

CHEM 140APhysical Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM 140BPhysical Chemistry Lecture II3
MATH 32Calculus III4
Select additional courses to a minimum of 24 upper division units in Chemistry. Must include two laboratory courses. Graduate courses may be used as elective courses with instructor and department Chair permission. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor15
Total Units25

Concentration - Biochemistry

Units required for concentration:  32-34

BIO 1Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology5
BIO 2Cells, Molecules and Genes5
Select one of the following:4 - 6
Physical Chemistry Lecture I
Physical Chemistry Lecture II
Introduction to Physical Chemistry
CHEM 160AStructure and Function of Biological Molecules3
CHEM 160BMetabolism and Regulation of Biological Systems3
CHEM 162General Biochemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 164Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory3
Select 6 units of Electives in Biological Sciences (must be from the following courses):6
Molecular Cell Biology
Systemic Physiology
General Microbiology
Advanced Molecular Biology
General Genetics
Total Units32-34

Note: Students may also complete a BA with a concentration in Biochemistry by taking the general BA curriculum and completing the following additional courses:

BIO 1Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology5
BIO 2Cells, Molecules and Genes5
CHEM 160AStructure and Function of Biological Molecules3
CHEM 160BMetabolism and Regulation of Biological Systems3
CHEM 162General Biochemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 164Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory3
Select 6 units of upper division Biology courses from the approved list6
Total Units28

Concentration - Forensic Chemistry 

Units required for concentration:  25-28

CHEM 125Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 142Introduction to Physical Chemistry4
CHEM 161General Biochemistry3
CHEM 162General Biochemistry Laboratory3
CRJ 1Introduction to Criminal Justice and Society3
CRJ 154Introduction to Physical Evidence3
Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:6 - 9
Inorganic Chemistry Lecture
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Chemical Instrumentation
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
Total Units25-28

BS Degree in Chemistry

Units required for the Major: 77

Minimum total units required for the BS: 120

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: Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.

Required Lower Division Courses (44 Units)
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I 15
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
CHEM 24Organic Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM 25Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 31Quantitative Analysis4
MATH 30Calculus I4
MATH 31Calculus II4
MATH 32Calculus III4
PHYS 11AGeneral Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 11BGeneral Physics: Heat, Light, Sound, Modern Physics4
PHYS 11CGeneral Physics: Electricity and Magnetism4
Required Upper Division Courses (33 Units)
CHEM 110
110L
Inorganic Chemistry Lecture
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 124Organic Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM 125Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 133Chemical Instrumentation4
CHEM 140APhysical Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM 140BPhysical Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM 141Physical Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 161General Biochemistry3
OR
Structure and Function of Biological Molecules
Metabolism and Regulation of Biological Systems 2
Select additional courses from the following to a minimum of 33 upper division units in Chemistry. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor:6
Organic Synthesis
Applications of Computational Chemistry
Metabolism and Regulation of Biological Systems
General Biochemistry Laboratory
Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
Senior Research
Total Units77
1

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

2

 Students taking CHEM 160A to fulfill the Biochemistry requirment MUST take BOTH CHEM 160A AND CHEM 160B.

Note: An appropriate upper division mathematics or physics course may be used to fulfill Chemistry elective units (department permission required).

Graduate courses (excepting CHEM 200, CHEM 299 and CHEM 500) may be used to fulfill Chemistry elective units (department permission required). 

BS Degree in Biochemistry

Units required for Major: 81 - 85

Minimum total units required for the BS: 120

Note: Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.

A minimum grade of ''C-'' is required in all courses applied to the Biochemistry major. Grades below "C-" in prerequisite courses do not satisfy prerequisite requirements.

Required Lower Division Courses (46-50 Units)
BIO 1Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology5
BIO 2Cells, Molecules and Genes5
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I 15
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
CHEM 24Organic Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM 25Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 31Quantitative Analysis4
MATH 30Calculus I4
MATH 31Calculus II4
Select one of the following sequences:8 - 12
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound
General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics
General Physics: Mechanics
General Physics: Heat, Light, Sound, Modern Physics
General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
Required Upper Division Courses (29 Units)
BIO 184General Genetics4
CHEM 124Organic Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM 125Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 141Physical Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 142Introduction to Physical Chemistry4
CHEM 160AStructure and Function of Biological Molecules3
CHEM 160BMetabolism and Regulation of Biological Systems3
CHEM 162General Biochemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 164Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory3
Upper Division Elective Courses (6 Units)
Select 3 units of Chemistry from approved list:3
Inorganic Chemistry Lecture
Organic Synthesis
Chemical Instrumentation
Senior Research
Selected Topics in Chemistry
Protein Biochemistry
Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Select 3 units of Biological Sciences from approved list:3
Molecular Cell Biology
General Microbiology
Pathogenic Bacteriology
Immunology
Immunology and Serology Laboratory
Advanced Molecular Biology
Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
Molecular Biology
Total Units81-85
1

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

Minor - Chemistry

Units Required: 24 of chemistry, 6 of which must be upper division chemistry.

A course in quantitative analytical chemistry and a lower division organic laboratory course must be completed as part of the minor.

A minimum grade of "C-" is required in all courses applied to the Chemistry minor.

Requirements - Subject Matter Program (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Due to frequent policy changes in federal and state standards for high school students, students should consult a credential advisor for current details.

Currently there is a need in K-12 education for chemistry majors. Chemistry majors who have an interest in teaching should contact the credential advisor in the department (Dr. Jeffrey Paradis, Sequoia Hall 444C, 278-6987, jparadis@csus.edu or the Department Chair (Sequoia Hall 506) to plan an academic program and to explore ways to become involved in teaching.

Graduate Program

The graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry provide students with advanced study in synthesis, separation, and analysis of molecules with an emphasis on developing research skills in experimental and computational chemistry and in chemistry education.  The graduate curriculum prepares students for careers in industry and teaching and for entry into PhD and professional programs. 

Course Requirements

The program centers on a core of four courses designed to increase a student's knowledge and skills in applications of analytical techniques, general instrumentation techniques, chemical separation techniques, and analysis of spectra with applications in the field of biochemistry and organic chemistry primarily. Electives are offered to permit students to expand further their knowledge and skills in chemistry. A minimum overall and semester GPA of 3.00 must be maintained to sustain good standing in the graduate program. A grade of "C" or better in individual courses is required for graded work to be credited toward fulfillment of the master's degree. Students not meeting these requirements are subject to probationary status and potential disqualification from the program. In addition, students must regularly attend seminars offered approximately once a week each semester. Each student will give one seminar during his/her tenure as a graduate student that is on a literature topic not related to his/her thesis topic and another on his/her thesis results. Participation in seminar expands a student's knowledge of current research in chemistry and also assists in developing his/her oral presentation skills.

Thesis/Research

All students are required to complete a thesis involving original research.  The research may be conducted on campus with a chemistry faculty member or at an employer’s work site providing the work involves producing a new contribution to the field of chemistry.  Research conducted at a work site requires a supervising chemistry faculty member.  The work site mentor and project must be approved by the Graduate Committee.

Advising

Following admission to the chemistry graduate program, students are advised by the graduate coordinator and by the faculty thesis supervisor.  Students must consult with three faculty members before deciding on a thesis advisor.  Students who are fully qualified upon admission and make the expected progress can normally finish the degree in two years

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information (1006 Lassen Hall, www.csus.edu/faid).

Employment

Qualified graduate students may be hired for a limited number of positions as teaching associates (TA). TAs teach undergraduate chemistry laboratories and discussions. Eligibility requirements include: classified status, minimum cumulative GPA 3.0, good English communication skills, passing score on a general chemistry examination. Continuing students desiring support as a TA will be evaluated on the basis of past performance as a TA and academic record as a graduate student in the program. Contact the Department Chair for current employment information.

Safety

Due to the potential hazards some chemicals may present, safety is an essential element of all Chemistry laboratory classes, including independent research.  All students must adhere to the Department of Chemistry Laboratory Safety Policies (http://www.csus.edu/chem/safety.html).  Failure to adhere to the Safety Policies may constitute grounds for withdrawal from a course and/or dismissal from the graduate program. 

Contact Lenses: 

Chemistry Department policy states that contact lenses are prohibited in all chemistry laboratories; prescription glasses should be worn instead. In addition, safety goggles are required in all laboratories. Laboratory aprons are recommended.

Laboratory Fees

Students enrolling in chemistry laboratory courses or supervisory courses involving laboratory research are required to pay a laboratory fee for each course. In addition, if a student breaks an item in a laboratory, s/he is required to replace it or pay a breakage cost. An administrative hold is placed on a student's academic record if either is not paid. Details are given at the first class meeting.

Repeating a Chemistry Course

Students repeating a chemistry course must repeat an equivalent course in both units and content. 

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student in the Department of Chemistry requires:

  • a BA degree in chemistry, biochemistry or its equivalent as determined by the graduate committee;
  • a minimum 2.5 GPA overall, in the last 60 units, and in chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses;
  • two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant's potential for successful graduate study
  • a personal statement describing the applicant's motivation for seeking a master's degree, why the Sacramento State Chemistry department was selected for pursuing this degree, and the area of advanced study within chemistry, biochemistry or education research the applicant plans to focus

Students desiring to apply to the chemistry graduate program should first examine the chemistry department's web page for basic requirements and deadlines and then contact the Chemistry department graduate coordinator or department Chair for further information if needed.  International students should also contact the Office of Global Education for specific application requirements for international applicants.

Admission Procedures

Students desiring to apply to the chemistry graduate program should first contact the Chemistry Department Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair. Information about the graduate program will be discussed with you.

In addition to a Departmental application, applicants must also complete a separate university application by the posted application deadline for the term applying.  For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit  http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/.  The university application requires:

  • an online application for admission; and
  • two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other then Sacramento State.

Approximately six weeks after receipt of all items listed, an admission decision will be mailed to the applicant.

Placement Examinations

All new graduate students must take two placement exams, in organic and physical chemistry, administered at the beginning of each semester. These exams cover topics commonly found in undergraduate courses. Exam results are used to determine undergraduate deficiencies in these areas of chemistry. All deficiencies must be removed by either taking and passing with a grade of "B" an appropriate undergraduate course or by taking again and passing the placement exam. A placement exam can be taken only twice; if the exam is not passed after the second attempt, the appropriate undergraduate course must be completed with a minimum grade of "B" in the first attempt.

Advancement to Candidacy

After completing at least 40 percent of the graduate degree coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, a student may submit an application for Advancement to Candidacy, which indicates the proposed program of graduate study is acceptable to the student, faculty advisor, thesis committee, and the Chemistry graduate coordinator. This procedure may begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission requirements
  • met English proficiency requirements
  • completed at least 12 units of 200-level courses ( including CHEM 200) with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • obtained approval of the thesis project by the thesis advisor and thesis committee.  Students obtain thesis project approval through submission of a formal thesis project proposal and an oral presentation of the project to the thesis committee. 
  • successfully completed a literature seminar presentation

MS Degree in Chemistry

Units required: 30

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Required Core Courses (11 Units)
CHEM 200Research Methods in Chemistry3
CHEM 220Spectrometric Identification of Compounds3
CHEM 230Separation Methods in Chemistry3
Seminar in Chemistry - Semester 1
CHEM 294Seminar In Chemistry0.5
Seminar in Chemistry - Semester 2
CHEM 294Seminar In Chemistry0.5
Seminar in Chemistry - Semester 3
CHEM 294Seminar In Chemistry0.5
Seminar in Chemistry - Semester 4
CHEM 294Seminar In Chemistry0.5
Electives (9 Units) 1
Select 9 units from the following:9
Applications of Computational Chemistry
Selected Topics in Chemistry
Topics in Interdisciplinary Chemistry
Topics in Synthetic Chemistry
Topics in Applied Chemistry
Topics in Physical Chemistry
Topics in Chemistry Education
Protein Biochemistry
Completion Requirements (10 Units)
CHEM 299Special Problems6
CHEM 500Culminating Experience4
Total Units30
1

Graduate or upper division courses in appropriate areas (BIO, GEOL, PHYS, ENVS) may be used upon approval by graduate advisor and department chair. A maximum of 2 units of upper division undergraduate coursework may be used toward fulfilling electives.

MS Degree in Biochemistry Concentration

Units required: 30

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Required Courses (11 Units)
CHEM 200Research Methods in Chemistry3
CHEM 260Protein Biochemistry3
CHEM 261Nucleic Acid Chemistry3
Seminar in Chemistry - Semester 1
CHEM 294Seminar In Chemistry0.5
Seminar in Chemistry - Semester 2
CHEM 294Seminar In Chemistry0.5
Seminar in Chemistry - Semester 3
CHEM 294Seminar In Chemistry0.5
Seminar in Chemistry - Semester 4
CHEM 294Seminar In Chemistry0.5
Electives (9 Units)
Select 9 units from the following: 19
Spectrometric Identification of Compounds
Separation Methods in Chemistry
Applications of Computational Chemistry
Selected Topics in Chemistry
Topics in Interdisciplinary Chemistry
Topics in Synthetic Chemistry
Topics in Applied Chemistry
Topics in Physical Chemistry
Topics in Chemistry Education
Completion Requirements (10 Units)
CHEM 299Special Problems6
CHEM 500Culminating Experience4
Total Units30
1

Graduate or upper division courses in appropriate areas (BIO, GEOL, PHYS, ENVS) may be used upon graduate advisor and department chair. A maximum of 2 units of upper division undergraduate coursework may be used toward fulfilling electives.

CHEM 1A.     General Chemistry I. 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): High school chemistry and college algebra; sufficient performance on the college algebra diagnostic test, or equivalent; passing score on a standardized Chemistry diagnostic exam given prior to each semester, or a minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 4.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Physical Science (B1), Laboratory (B3)


Fundamental principles and concepts of chemistry, including stoichiometry; thermochemistry; atomic and molecular structure; solution chemistry, including acid-base chemistry; quantum theory; bonding and intermolecular forces; and chemical kinetics. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours, discussion one hour.

Note: Not open to enrollment by engineering majors, who should take CHEM 1E, General Chemistry for Engineering.

CHEM 1B.     General Chemistry II. 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1A with a passing grade of C or better.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Further Studies in Area B (B5)


Continuation of the development of fundamental principles of chemistry and application of principles developed in CHEM 1A. The laboratory work emphasizes applications of equilibrium principles, including some qualitative analysis, coordination chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry. Lecture three hours, laboratory six hours. Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software is recommended.

CHEM 1E.     General Chemistry for Engineering. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): High school chemistry; Math 30 or eligibility to take MATH 30 as evidenced by the calculus readiness diagnostic exam; passing score on a standardized Chemistry diagnostic exam given prior to each semester, or minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 4


A one-semester chemistry course for engineering students covering the fundamental principles and concepts of chemistry important to engineering applications. Lecture topics include atomic and molecular structure, solution chemistry, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, thermochemistry; intermolecular forces; electrochemistry; radiochemistry; polymers; metallic bonding and alloys; chemical diffusion and kinetics. Lecture three hours, Lab three hours.

Note: Enrollment in this course is restricted to engineering majors.

CHEM 4.     Chemical Calculations. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): High school algebra and college algebra; sufficient performance on the college algebra diagnostic test, or equivalent.


Introductory chemistry for students who plan to major in a scientific field. Appropriate for students desiring to prepare themselves for Chemistry 1A. Emphasizes chemical nomenclature and techniques of chemical problem solving. Topics covered include: dimensional analysis; conversions between measuring units; weight, mole and chemical equations; density; elementary gas laws; heat and temperature; elementary acid and base chemistry; oxidation and reduction; solutions. Three hours lecture.

CHEM 5.     Chemistry for Nurses. 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): One year high school algebra, high school chemistry .

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Laboratory (B3), Physical Science (B1)


One-semester chemistry survey course for pre-nursing students, covering the areas of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Major lecture topics include atomic and molecular structure and bonding, nomenclature of relevant inorganic and organic compounds, states of matter and intermolecular forces, solutions and solubility, reactions of inorganic, organic, and biological molecules, stereochemistry, structure and function of biological macromolecules, nutrition and metabolism. Emphasize chemistry as it appears in a practical nursing context. Lecture four hours, laboratory three hours.

CHEM 6A.     Introduction to General Chemistry. 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): One year high school algebra; high school chemistry recommended.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Physical Science (B1), Laboratory (B3)


Structure of atoms, molecules and ions; their interactions including stoichiometry, equilibria, and oxidation-reduction. Does not fulfill the requirements for more advanced study in chemistry and cannot be counted toward a major or minor in chemistry. Lecture three hours, discussion one hour, laboratory three hours.

CHEM 6B.     Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry. 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1A or CHEM 6A, or a high school chemistry course and passing a qualifying exam given in the first laboratory period.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Further Studies in Area B (B5)


Introduction to structure and properties of the major classes of organic compounds; introduction to nomenclature and to the fundamental concepts of reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry; the chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins (including enzymes); the chemistry of nucleic acids. Does not fulfill the requirement for more advanced study in chemistry and cannot be counted toward a major or minor in chemistry. Lecture three hours; discussion one hour; laboratory three hours.

CHEM 20.     Organic Chemistry Lecture--Brief Course. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1B.


Basic principles of organic chemistry. Recommended for students majoring in life-sciences, but not recommended for preprofessional students.

CHEM 20L.     Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 20; CHEM 20 may be taken concurrently.


Basic organic experimental techniques. Experimental topics include: melting points, purification of solids, distillation, chromatography, extraction, and functional group qualitative analysis. Specifically designed for Biological Sciences majors and others who want to meet the Chemistry minor requirements for a lower division organic laboratory. Laboratory three hours.

CHEM 24.     Organic Chemistry Lecture I. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1B.


Introduction to the basic principals of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, properties and reactions of various classes of organic compounds. Reaction mechanisms will be emphasized.

Note: Required for chemistry majors and recommended for preprofessional students.

CHEM 25.     Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 24, CHEM 124; CHEM 124 may be taken concurrently.


Basic organic experimental techniques including the preparation, separation, purification and identification of organic compounds. Discussion one hour, laboratory six hours.

CHEM 31.     Quantitative Analysis. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1B.


Chemical measurements including associated statistics, chemical equilibrium in aqueous solutions, volumetric analysis, and an introduction to spectrophotometry and chromatography. Lecture two hours, laboratory six hours.

CHEM 89.     Introduction to Undergraduate Research. 1 - 3 Units


Introduction to undergraduate research which requires students to become familiar lab safety policies, SDSs, and SOPs in the research lab (if applicable), attend group meetings (if applicable) and learn methods of experimental, educational and/or computational design. Students must show proficiency in these requirements in order to receive a final grade.

Credit/No Credit

CHEM 106.     Chemical Concepts. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 8 or BIO 7 and ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course.


Principles and concepts of chemistry with applications in the home and environment. Satisfies the upper division chemistry requirement for the multiple-subject teaching credential. Lecture one hour, discussion and activity four hours. Does not fulfill credit requirements for the major or minor in chemistry.

CHEM 110.     Inorganic Chemistry Lecture. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 125, CHEM 140B or CHEM 142 instructor permission; CHEM 140B may be taken concurrently, however, students are encouraged to complete CHEM 140B and CHEM 141 first.

Corequisite(s): CHEM 110L.


Application of atomic structure, the periodic law, molecular structure and bonding principles, electrochemical principles and other selected models and concepts to theoretical and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Physical and chemical properties of selected elements and inorganic compounds are studied.

CHEM 110L.     Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 125, ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course.

Corequisite(s): CHEM 110.


Preparation, purification and instrumental studies of inorganic compounds. Instrumental and experimental techniques will include EPR, magnetic susceptibility, FTIR, UV-VIS spectroscopy and inert atmosphere techniques.

CHEM 124.     Organic Chemistry Lecture II. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 24 or instructor permission; concurrent enrollment in CHEM 25 recommended.


Continued discussion of the principals of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, properties, and reactions of various classes of organic compounds and spectroscopic analysis. Reaction mechanisms will be emphasized.

CHEM 125.     Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 25, CHEM 124, ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course.


Focuses on advanced organic laboratory techniques and instrumental methods of analysis. Not intended for pre-health professional majors. Discussion one hour, laboratory six hours.

CHEM 128.     Organic Synthesis. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 124.


Application of functional group reactions to multistep syntheses. Recently developed synthetic methods and literature searching will be emphasized.

CHEM 133.     Chemical Instrumentation. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 31, concurrent enrollment in CHEM 140B or completion of CHEM 142: ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 4.0


Modern instrumentation and methods for chemical analysis. Function of electronics and computers in instruments. Theory and use of instruments in the areas of electrochemistry, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and chromatography. Lecture two hours, laboratory six hours.

CHEM 140A.     Physical Chemistry Lecture I. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1B, CHEM 24, CHEM 31, MATH 32, PHYS 5A, PHYS 5B, or PHYS 11A, PHYS 11B, PHYS 11C; PHYS 11C may be taken concurrently.


Introduction to chemical thermodynamics and kinetics.

CHEM 140B.     Physical Chemistry Lecture II. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 140A.


Introduction to molecular quantum chemistry, structure of matter, molecular spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics.

CHEM 141.     Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course; CHEM 140A, CHEM 140B or CHEM 142, instructor permission; CHEM 140B may be taken concurrently.


Selected exercises in the practice of physio-chemical laboratory methods. Lecture one hour, laboratory six hours.

CHEM 142.     Introduction to Physical Chemistry. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1B, CHEM 24, PHYS 5A, PHYS 5B, MATH 31.


Introductory presentation of the theoretical and practical aspects of thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and kinetics. As time permits, other topics will be: solution chemistry, hydrodynamics, electrochemistry, and crystallography.

Note: Not acceptable for the BS or the BA without concentration.

CHEM 145.     Applications of Computational Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 140A and CHEM 140B or CHEM 142, or instructor permission.


Brief introduction/background in computational theory, with emphasis on chemical/biochemical applications. Demonstration/instruction of widely used modeling/computational software. Covering techniques including molecular mechanics, semi-imperical methods and "ab initio" methods. Application of computational methods to thermodynamics, kinetics, spectra, electrochemistry, molecular properties. Lecture three hours.

Note: CHEM 245 students will complete an additional research project beyond that expected of students in CHEM 145. Cross-listed: CHEM 245.

CHEM 160A.     Structure and Function of Biological Molecules. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 124; MATH 26A or MATH 30 is recommended. Fall only.


The chemistry and biochemistry of amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. Also includes enzyme kinetics, the structure and function of biological membranes and discussion of some common laboratory methods. Lecture three hours.

CHEM 160B.     Metabolism and Regulation of Biological Systems. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 160A or equivalent course; one year of organic chemistry. Spring only.


The bioenergetics and regulation of anaerobic and aerobic metabolic pathways. Major topics include glycolysis, Kreb's cycle, fatty acid and amino acid oxidation, lipid biosynthesis and photosynthesis. Particular emphasis is given to pathway regulation and integration. Lecture three hours.

CHEM 161.     General Biochemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 20 or CHEM 124; one year of biological science is recommended.


Introduction to the structure and function of biological molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes and hormones), enzyme kinetics, the structure and function of membranes, and the bioenergetics and regulation of major anaerobic and aerobic metabolic pathways.

CHEM 162.     General Biochemistry Laboratory. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 31; CHEM 160A or CHEM 161 (either CHEM 160A or CHEM 161 may be taken concurrently); ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course.


Introduction to fundamental laboratory techniques for the purification and analysis of biological molecules, including chromatographic separation of amino acids and proteins, electrophoretic separation of proteins and nucleic acids, enzyme kinetics, and basic bioinformatics. Discussion one hour, laboratory six hours.

CHEM 164.     Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 162 or equivalent; ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course.


Capstone course which emphasizes biochemical laboratory experimental design and trouble-shooting skills. Common biochemistry laboratory techniques are applied in semester-long individual student projects. Discussion one hour, laboratory six hours.

CHEM 189A.     Undergraduate Research. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 20 or equivalent


Directed undergraduate research involving a project that requires use of chemical literature and experimental design. A comprehensive written report and/or scientific poster must be submitted to receive a final grade.

Note: Only three units of CHEM 189A-C may be applied toward the major requirement in chemistry for the BA or BS degrees.

CHEM 189B.     Intermediate Undergraduate Research. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 20 or equivalent and CHEM 189A


Continuing directed undergraduate research involving a project with emphasis on experimentation and data analysis. A comprehensive written report and/or scientific poster must be submitted to receive a final grade.

Note: Only three units of CHEM 189A-C may be applied toward the major requirement in chemistry for the BA or BS degrees.

CHEM 189C.     Advanced Undergraduate Research. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 20 and CHEM 189B


Culminating directed undergraduate research with emphasis on comprehensive data analysis and formulation of conclusions. A comprehensive written report and/or scientific poster must be submitted to receive a final grade.

Note: Only three units of CHEM 189A-C may be applied toward the major requirement in chemistry for the BA or BS degrees.

CHEM 189D.     Culminating Advanced Undergraduate Research. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 20 and CHEM 189C


Extension of culminating undergraduate research with emphasis on finalizing data analysis and writing experimental methods for potential publication. A comprehensive written report (if a scientific poster was completed in 189C) and/or scientific poster (if a written report was completed in 189C) must be submitted to receive a final grade.

Credit/No Credit

CHEM 194.     Chemistry-Related Work Experience. 6 - 12 Units

Prerequisite(s): Open only to upper division students and consent of Department Chair. Units may not be applied toward a major in Chemistry or Biochemistry.


Supervised employment in a Chemistry related company or agency. Placement is arranged through the Department and the Cooperative Education Program office. Requires completion of a 3-6 month work assignment and a written report.

Credit/No Credit

CHEM 198.     Senior Research. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One upper division chemistry laboratory class, ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course and instructor and department chair permission.


The student will conduct an independent study of a chemical research topic that is based on experimental techniques or advanced computer modeling. Significant use of chemical literature and information retrieval is required. A well-written, comprehensive, and well-documented final report must be submitted to receive a final grade. A weekly seminar is required. Seminar one hour, laboratory activities are a minimum of six hours per week.

CHEM 200.     Research Methods in Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Must be a Chemistry graduate student or have instructor permission


This course is designed to improve the ability of graduate students to research and interpret the chemical literature. Students work through a series of exercises in preparation for a major writing project such as a thesis proposal or a thesis chapter/section. Exercises include analysis of primary research articles, peer review of student writing samples, and presentation of scientific information. These activities will improve students' understanding of how scientific questions are developed and posed through proposals and dissemination of research results.

CHEM 220.     Spectrometric Identification of Compounds. 3 Units


Interpretation of ultraviolet, infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and the mass spectra for the elucidation of chemical structures, with emphasis on problem solving.

CHEM 230.     Separation Methods in Chemistry. 3 Units


Theoretical and practical aspects of separation sciences. Methods of separations that are included are liquid-liquid extraction and ion exchange, gas, and liquid chromatography. Lecture three hours.

CHEM 245.     Applications of Computational Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 140A and CHEM 140B or CHEM 142, or instructor permission.


Brief introduction/background in computational theory, with emphasis on chemical/biochemical applications. Demonstration/instruction of widely used modeling/instruction of software. Covering techniques including molecular mechanics, semi-imperical methods and "ab initio" methods. Application of computational methods to thermodynamics, kinetics, spectra, electrochemistry, molecular properties. Lecture three hours.

Note: CHEM 245 students will complete an additional research project beyond that expected of students in CHEM 145. Cross-listed: CHEM 145.

CHEM 250.     Selected Topics in Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in MS Chemistry graduate program or instructor permission.


Intensive coverage of one or more advanced topics in chemistry. A variety of learning/teaching methodologies may be employed including lecture, team projects, computer modeling, oral presentations and poster projects. May be team-taught.

Note: May be team-taught. May be repeated once for credit if topics are different.

CHEM 251.     Topics in Interdisciplinary Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): enrollment in Chemistry master's degree program or permission of instructor.


Lecture course focusing on interdisciplinary topics in chemistry and related fields. Course activities may include literature review, individual and/or group oral presentations, independent research project. May be team-taught.

CHEM 252.     Topics in Synthetic Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): enrollment in Chemistry master's degree program or permission of instructor.


Lecture course focusing on synthetic chemistry. Focus may be on biochemical, inorganic, or organic synthetic chemistry. Course activities may include literature review, individual and/or group oral presentations, independent research project. May be team-taught.

CHEM 253.     Topics in Applied Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): enrollment in Chemistry master's degree program or permission of instructor.


Lecture course focusing on applications of chemistry to a variety of fields. Areas of focus my include biological, environmental, materials, and pharmaceutical applications. Course activities may include literature review, individual and/or group oral presentations, independent research project. May be team-taught.

CHEM 254.     Topics in Physical Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): enrollment in Chemistry master's degree program or permission of instructor.


Lecture course focusing on topics in physical chemistry. Areas of focus may include content areas such as quantum mechanics, physical/organic or biophysical chemistry, an/or in-depth treatment of structure analysis and determination. Course activities may include literature review, individual and/or group oral presentations, independent research project. May be team-taught.

CHEM 255.     Topics in Chemistry Education. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): enrollment in Chemistry master's degree program or permission of instructor.


Intensive coverage of one or more advanced topics in chemistry. A variety of learning/teaching methodologies may be employed, including lecture, team projects, computer modeling, oral presentations and poster projects. May be team-taught.

CHEM 260.     Protein Biochemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One semester of biochemistry.


Provides a comprehensive review of proteins, with emphasis on protein structure and structure/function relationships. Topics include methods for structure determination, stability and folding, catalysis and denovo protein design. Topical examples from the literature, particularly those related to disease states, are used to illustrate fundamental principles of protein structure and function.

CHEM 261.     Nucleic Acid Chemistry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate course in biochemistry.


The recent biochemical literature will be used to study the structural, chemical, and physical properties of nucleic acids. Chemical mechanisms of mutation , protein-nucleic acid interactions, and DNA-drug interactions will be used to illustrate these properties.

CHEM 294.     Seminar In Chemistry. 0.5 Units


Student presentations of topics from the chemical literature and their thesis research.

Note: Grade of C/NC will be based on attendance and successful presentation of a seminar. May be repeated for a total of 2 units

Credit/No Credit

CHEM 296.     Experimental Offerings in Chemistry. 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Instructor approval.


Presentation and discussion of graduate student and faculty research and current literature with emphasis on critical evaluation of research design, data analysis and presentation techniques. One hour discussion.

Note: May be taken up to four times for credit, but only one unit may be applied to the University's requirement for 200-level courses.

Credit/No Credit

CHEM 299.     Special Problems. 1 - 6 Units


Graduate research. Approval must be obtained from a departmental committee and the faculty member under whom the work is to be conducted. Written report must be submitted before a final grade is given.

Credit/No Credit

CHEM 500.     Culminating Experience. 2 - 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): Advanced to candidacy and chair permission of his/her thesis committee.


Completion of a thesis or project approved for the Master's degree. Should be taken in final semester prior to the completion of all requirements for the degree. Number of units of credit is determined by the candidate's master's degree advisory committee.

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