Chemistry, B.A. Program (120 units)
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides a strong education in chemistry and biochemistry that prepares its students to function and thrive in our society. The department attempts to increase the problem solving and critical thinking skills of all students. Non-science students learn about the scientific and chemical aspects of everyday life that allow them to understand issues related to the environment, energy production, disease prevention, and nutrition. Students of the sciences learn the fundamentals of chemistry that control the interactions of elements and molecules. Chemistry majors receive extensive instruction in predicting chemical reactivity. Building on an understanding of mathematics and physics, chemistry majors receive a background in the major disciplines of chemistry including inorganic, analytical, organic, physical, and biochemistry. Students learn the protocols and techniques for working safely with chemicals. The department recognizes the importance of the pursuit of new knowledge in the development of skilled scientists and productive members of society, and encourages its students to participate in research projects and cooperative educational opportunities.
The undergraduate programs offered by the department include: Chemistry, B.S.; Biochemistry, B.S.; Chemistry, Bioanalytical and Forensics Concentration, B.S.; Chemistry, B.A.; Chemistry, Chemistry Education Concentration, B.A.; Biochemistry, B.A.; Biochemistry, Chemistry Education Concentration, B.A.; and a Chemistry Minor. Descriptions of these programs and their requirements can be found under each degree listing. The department also offers a Chemistry M.S. degree and a Chemistry, M.S. Concentration in Biochemistry. See under program listings for descriptions.
The Chemistry, B.A. degree prepares students for work as chemists in a variety of careers in industry or government. The Chemistry, Chemistry Education Concentration, B.A. program is designed for students interested in teaching at the high school level but also prepares graduates to work as chemists in industry or government.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge in the various areas of chemistry, including inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.
- Use quantitative reasoning to analyze and solve chemical problems and evaluate chemical data.
- Work effectively and safely in a laboratory environment to perform experimental procedures and operate modern chemical/biochemical instruments.
- Design, carry out, record and analyze the results of chemical experiments.
- Communicate chemical or biochemical issues clearly.
These program roadmaps represent recommended pathways through the program. Please see an advisor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs.
It is imperative that Cal State East Bay chemistry students possess sufficient theoretical and practical training in chemistry and biochemistry so that they will be able to assume the significant technical responsibilities required by the chemical and biotechnology industries that will employ them. It is important that our students are not only trained in chemistry (and biochemistry), but that they will become respected scientists and research technicians. In addition, it is important that students planning for entrance into Ph.D. programs or pre-professional programs are adequately prepared.
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Laboratory equipment and instruments in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry include a 500 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, a capillary gas chromatograph with mass-spectral detection (GC/MS), Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometers (FTIR), an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES), high performance liquid chromatographs (HPLC), a fast protein liquid chromatograph (FPLC), a fluorescence spectrometer, a diode-array ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, a plate reader, a molecular imager and microwave synthesizers. A molecular modeling facility is also available for instruction and research.
The Alchemist Club, a student affiliate of the American Chemical Society, is available to students majoring in Chemistry. The club members are active in many aspects of the department, participate in fund-raising for special projects, and take interesting field trips to local industries.
Preparation and Prerequisites
Prerequisite courses for all chemistry courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or better. Requests for Grade Forgiveness will be allowed only on a space-available basis.
Degree Requirements Unit-Outline
- The baccalaureate degree requires a total of 120 units:
- The major requirements consists of 55-63 units;
- General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
- Free Electives may consist of 0-8 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).
Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.
Chemistry (B.A.) Major Requirements (55-63 units)
The Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Chemistry, is intended for students who would like to use their knowledge of chemistry as a starting point for a career in medicine, molecular biology, dentistry, teaching, environmental remediation, law, or business.
Lower Division Core
The following 21 units of lower-division courses are required:
Upper Division Core
The following 20 units of upper-division courses are required: