BA in Chemistry (Forensic Chemistry)

Units required for Major: 64-77

Program Description

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."


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.  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.


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.

Prerequisite Requirements

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.

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.

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.

Program 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

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

Concentration in Forensic Chemistry (25-28 units)

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