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.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Prerequisite Requirements

Enrollment in any chemistry course requires that the prerequisite courses be passed with a grade of "C or better" (C- not accepted). Exceptions may be made only with instructor consent or if not explicitly stated in the course description. Refer to the SJSU Course Catalog for specific information regarding course prerequisites.

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.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements (except for 1 course in GE Area C and 1 course in GE Area D) and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap (which include the missing GE in Area C and D). Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
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
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major14
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 050 and PHYS 051 accepted for Transfers, in lieu of PHYS 002A/B.
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
Requirements of the Major52
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
Complete 10-12 units from:
CHEM 101. Chemistry and the Computer3
CHEM 121S. Radiation Safety1-2
CHEM 130A. Biochemistry4
CHEM 135 or CHEM 130A may count toward the degree.
CHEM 130B. Biochemistry4
CHEM 130C. Biochemistry3
CHEM 135. General Biochemistry4
CHEM 135 or CHEM 130A may count toward the degree.
CHEM 145. Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 170A. Foundations of Macromolecular Chemistry1
CHEM 180. Individual Studies1-4
CHEM 191. Undergraduate Seminar.5
CHEM 212. Natural Products3
CHEM 213. Organic Synthesis3
CHEM 236. Biophysical Methods3
CHEM 237. Bioinorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 245. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 250. Current Topics in Analytical Chemistry3
University Electives16
A minor is strongly recommended.

Total Units:120