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Chemistry Department

BS - Chemistry

This curriculum prepares students for graduate work in chemistry or for responsible positions in industrial or government laboratories. This degree meets all requirements for Certification by the American Chemical Society. It does not require a minor, although with judicious choice of electives, a minor may be obtained in biology, mathematics or physics.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements33
Of the 51 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major25
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
PHYS 052. General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatB1+B34
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
Requirement of the Major60
Core Courses29
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 100W. Writing Workshop: Chemical CommunicationsZ3
CHEM 112A. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 112B. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 113A. Organic Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 113B. Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 120S. Chemical Safety Seminar1
Additional Required Courses22
CHEM 101. Chemistry and the Computer3
CHEM 130A. Biochemistry4
CHEM 145. Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 155. Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 161A. Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 161B. Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 162L. Physical Chemistry Lab2
Capstone Course3
CHEM 146. Physical-Inorganic Techniques3
Science Electives6
CHEM 114. Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 121S. Radiation Safety1-2
CHEM 180. Individual Studies1-4
or other advisor approved upper division science electives

Total Units:120