BA in Chemistry (Forensic Chemistry)
Units required for Major: 64-77
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.
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.
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.
|Core Requirements (39-43 Units)|
|CHEM 1A||General Chemistry I 1||5|
|CHEM 1B||General Chemistry II||5|
|CHEM 24||Organic Chemistry Lecture I||3|
|CHEM 25||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||3|
|CHEM 31||Quantitative Analysis||4|
|CHEM 124||Organic Chemistry Lecture II||3|
|MATH 30||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 31||Calculus II||4|
|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
Concentration in Forensic Chemistry (25-28 units)
|CHEM 125||Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory||3|
|CHEM 142||Introduction to Physical Chemistry||4|
|CHEM 161||General Biochemistry||3|
|CHEM 162||General Biochemistry Laboratory||3|
|CRJ 1||Introduction to Criminal Justice and Society||3|
|CRJ 154||Introduction to Physical Evidence||3|
|Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:||6 - 9|
|Inorganic Chemistry Lecture|
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
|Physical Chemistry Laboratory|
|Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory|