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.

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 Requirements35
Core Lower Division General Education15
Of the 39 units required by the university, 24 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 Institutions12
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:
AMS 001A. American Cultures to 1877C1+D26
AMS 001B. American Cultures 1877 to presentC2+D3+US1236
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 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
Requirements of the Major60
Core Courses29
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
Additional Required Courses23
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
CHEM 170A. Foundations of Macromolecular Chemistry1
Capstone Course3
CHEM 146. Physical-Inorganic Techniques3
Science Electives5
Complete five units from:
ASTR 117A. Astrophysics I3
CHEM 114. Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 121S. Radiation Safety1-2
CHEM 131A. Biochemistry Lab2
CHEM 180. Individual Studies1-4
CHEM 191. Undergraduate Seminar.5
CHEM 212. Natural Products3
CHEM 213. Organic Synthesis3
CHEM 218. Organotransition Metal Chemistry3
CHEM 236. Biophysical Methods3
CHEM 245. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 250. Current Topics in Analytical Chemistry3
MATH 112. Vector Calculus3
MATH 123. Differential Equations and Linear Algebra3
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 133A. Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 138. Complex Variables3
MATH 161A. Applied Probability and Statistics I3
PHYS 122. Modern Physics4
PHYS 130. Mathematical Methods in Physics4
PHYS 158. Modern Optics3
PHYS 160. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics3

Total Units:120