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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

General Education Requirements36
Of the 51 units required by the university, 15 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 Major14
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
Requirement of the Major53
Core Courses33
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 112A. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 112B. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 113A. Organic Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 113B. Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 100W. Writing Workshop: Chemical CommunicationsZ3
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
CHEM 114. Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 131B. Biochemistry Lab3
CHEM 146. Physical-Inorganic Techniques3
Other Upper Division Chemistry Electives10-12
Requirements in the Minor15
Selected in consultation with advisor

Total Units:120