Curriculum Sample: ACS Major in Chemistry

Catalog - Degree Requirements

Freshmen Year

Fall Units
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MATH 109 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
Rhetoric and Composition (RC) 4
Electives or Core * 4
Total semester units 16
Spring Units
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MATH 110 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
Electives or Core * 8
Total semester units 16

Sophomore Year

Fall units
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
PHYS 110 General Physics I ** 4
Electives or Core * 8
Total semester units 16
Spring Units
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1
CHEM 260 Analytical Chemistry 4
PHYS 210 General Physics II ** 4
Electives or Core * 4
Total semester units 17

Junior Year

Fall Units
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 340 Physical Chemistry I 4
Electives or Core * 8
Total semester units 16
Spring Units
CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 410 Integrated Lab (Junior or Senior Spring) 4
Electives or Core * 8
Total semester units 16

Senior Year

Fall Units
CHEM 350 Biochemistry I
or
CHEM 356 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
4
Electives or Core * 12
Total semester units 16
Spring Units
CHEM 410 Integrated Lab (Junior or Senior Spring) 4
Electives or Core * 12
Total semester units 16

* Chemistry elective should include at least 1 unit of CHEM 397 Research Methods and Practice with permission of instructor.

** While the PHYS 110-210 sequence is recommended, in keeping with ACS guidelines, strong transfer or biology students switching majors may substitute PHYS 100-101.