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Chemistry Department

BA - Chemistry

This program provides a fundamental chemistry background, while affording ample electives for developing a second specialty. The degree is designed for those wishing to work in scientific laboratories, or in fields allied to chemistry such as medicine, environmental monitoring, electronics, food processing, sales, pharmaceuticals, safety, literature search, or in a supervisory capacity in businesses dealing with chemical products.

The degree includes a minor selected in consultation with the advisor.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements38
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major14
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
Requirements of the Major53
Core Courses33
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis2
CHEM 055L. Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2
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
CHEM 160. Physical Chemistry4
Approved Upper Division Chemistry Electives19
Students must complete at least three Upper Division lab courses, including at least one capstone course.
Elective Lab Courses4-6
Complete two courses from:
CHEM 131A. Biochemistry Lab2
CHEM 155. Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 162L. Physical Chemistry Lab2
Capstone Course3
Complete one course from:
CHEM 114. Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 131B. Biochemistry LabR3
CHEM 146. Physical-Inorganic Techniques3
Other Upper Division Chemistry Electives10-12
Requirements in the Minor15
Selected in consultation with advisor

Total Units:120