Chemistry, B.S.

Department

Department of Chemistry

Joy Goto, Interim Chair
Science Building, Room 380
559.278.2103
www.fresnostate.edu/chemistry

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Chemistry, B.A.
BS in Chemistry, B.S.
BS in Biochemistry, B.S.
CRED in Single Subject Credential - Chemistry
MN in Chemistry, Minor
MS in Chemistry, M.S.

Courses Offered

The Chemistry Department provides (1) undergraduate training in chemistry for students planning professional careers in chemistry, biochemistry and allied professions, and for those contemplating graduate work for advanced degrees; (2) undergraduate training in chemistry for those planning careers in professions such as medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.; (3) participation in the preparation of teachers of chemistry and the other physical sciences in the teaching credential programs; (4) teaching of the basic chemical sciences required by students majoring in related fields such as physics, biology, nursing, engineering, geology, agriculture, home economics, and criminology; (5) stimulation of interest in and understanding of the achievements and contributions of chemistry to our civilization for non-science students, as a part of General Education; and (6) graduate instruction in chemistry for the Master of Science degree for students who intend to enter the chemical industry, pursue further advanced study, or who wish to improve their qualifications as teachers in secondary schools and community colleges. The multi-disciplinary forensic science degree program prepares students for continued success by integrating instruction with active forensic research, collaboration with local crime laboratories, and real world experiences.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society. Students who satisfactorily complete the program are recommended by the department for certification as graduate chemists by the American Chemical Society. Students completing the Bachelor of Arts degree may be recommended for certification by completing additional requirements of the American Chemical Society.

Facilities

All upper-division and graduate chemistry laboratories and support areas are housed in our science building. Eight four-station graduate laboratories are well equipped, with access to modern instrumentation. Instrumentation in the department includes: Varian EM 360 and Gemini 200 FT NMR spectrometers, GC-MS, atomic absorption spectrometers, Fourier Transform IR (FTIR), liquid scintillation counter, Lambda 6, Shimadzu, HP Diode-Array, spectrophotometers, spectrofluorometer, radiation equipment, liquid chromatographs, high speed refrigerated centrifuges, gas chromatographs, and Unix workstations for advanced computational chemistry. The university library includes many journal subscriptions in chemistry plus numerous texts and related books.

Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is intended for students who plan a career in chemistry. The B.S. is accredited by the American Chemical Society. Students who satisfactorily complete this program are recommended by the department for certification as graduate chemists by the American Chemical Society. The B.S. prepares students to enter the job market or for graduate study leading to an advanced degree, such as a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy.

Note: Chemistry majors may not take courses listed in the major or additional requirements for CR/NC grades.

1. The B.S. Chemistry Major requirements (46 units)
Core Program
CHEM 1A, 1AL, 1B, 1BL, 102, 106 or 106S, 110A, 110B, 111, 123, 124, 128A, 128B, 129A, 129B, 155A

Additional requirements (23 units)
MATH 75, 76, 77; PHYS 4A, 4AL, 4B, 4BL, 4C

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
Recommended: CHEM 140T, 155B, 156, 160, 190

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. Of the 49 required General Education units, 4 units will be satisfied by PHYS 4A and 4AL in G.E. Breadth B1, and 3 units of MATH 75 in G.E. Foundation B4. Consult the department chair or faculty advisor for details.

 

Advising Note for Chemistry Majors

Transfer students are strongly urged to consult their advisor.

Many of the courses listed above have chemistry or other prerequisites. For that reason, the following sample four-year program leading to a B.S. in Chemistry is provided. This sample program emphasizes the need to take sequences in mathematics and physics prior to CHEM 110A. In addition, it specifies certain semesters for some courses that are offered only once a year. Finally, this program is constructed in such a way as to leave adequate time for independent study experience (CHEM 190) in the senior year.

If a student wished to deviate significantly from this sample program, particularly in regard to chemistry, physics, and mathematics requirements, it is very important that an alternate program be developed in consultation with a departmental advisor. Any course substitutions or other changes to degree requirements can only initiated by submitting a written request to the chair of the Chemistry Department.

First Semester - Fall
CHEM 1A and 1AL (5 units)
MATH 75 (4 units)
ENGL 5B or 10 (3 units)
General Education (3 units)
Total (15 units)

Second Semester - Spring
CHEM 1B and 1BL (5 units)
MATH 76 (4 units)
PHYS 2A or 4A, 4AL (4 units)
General Education (3 units)
Total (16 units)

Third Semester - Fall
CHEM 128A (3 units)
CHEM 129A (2 units)
MATH 77 (4 units)
PHYS 4B, 4BL (4 units)
General Education (3 units)
Total (16 units)

Fourth Semester - Spring
CHEM 128B (3 units)
CHEM 129B (2 units)
CHEM 102 (5 units)
PHYS 4C (3 units)
General Education (3 units)
Total (16 units)

Fifth Semester - Fall*
**CHEM 110A (3 units)
**CHEM 155 (3 units)
**CHEM 123 (3 units)
CHEM or other elective (1 unit)
General Education (5 units)
Total (15 units)

Sixth Semester - Spring
***CHEM 110B (3 units)
***CHEM 111 (3 units)
***CHEM 124 (2 units)
General Education (8 units)
Total (16 units)

Seventh Semester - Fall
**CHEM 106 or 106S (4 units)
Chemistry or other elective (3 units)
CHEM 190 (recommended) or other elective (3 units)
General Education (4 units)
Total (14 units)

Eighth Semester - Spring
CHEM 190 (recommended) or other elective (3 units)
General Education (9 units)
Total (12 units)

TOTAL = 120 UNITS

* It is important to fulfill the upper-division writing skills requirement by exam or W class during the junior year.
** Offered fall semester only.
*** Offered spring semester only.

Faculty

Thirteen Ph.D. members are in the Department of Chemistry. Our faculty provide excellent research opportunities in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. The broad interests within the faculty have resulted in interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with scientists and professors in other science areas: agricultural chemistry, biotechnology, clinical chemistry, forensic chemistry, forensic biochemistry, chemical physics, enology, nutritional science, and molecular biology. Research projects have involved local facilities such as the California State Crime Laboratory, University Medical Center, UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, USDA Research Station, U.S. Veteran's Administration Hospital, U.S. Forest Laboratory, and Valley Children's Hospital.

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For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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Roadmap

B.S. in Chemistry

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Careers

Chemistry student in lab

The Department of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Science degree fully accredited by the American Chemical Society, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree for those pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other professions. Since Chemistry is the central science, we also provide undergraduate training in the fundamentals for those majoring in other science related fields and teacher training.

Undergraduate degrees and program certificates in Forensic Science are not currently offered. See outlined recommendations for undergraduate study in preparation for graduate programs and careers in forensic science.

What You Can Earn

High School Teacher
$56,101 (in our region)

Chemist I
$48,788 (in our region)

Source: HR reported data from salary.com as of December 2012

What You Can Do

Become a professional chemist, plan a career in the medical professions, or continue study toward a career in forensic science or biotechnology

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Chemistry and Society
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Chemistry in the Marketplace

What You Can Learn

  • Structure and behavior of organic and biological compounds
  • Basic treatment of gas laws, thermodynamics, kinetics, and spectroscopy
  • Real-world experiences with forensic science through collaboration with local crime laboratories

About the College

The College of Science and Mathematics provides professional training at the undergraduate and graduate levels to serve as a foundation for a career in science or mathematics, to provide preprofessional training in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other professions or for continued study at the graduate level.

College Contact Info

The office of the Dean is located in Science II, Room 301.
Telephone: (559) 278-3936

Department Contact Information

Department of Chemistry
2555 E. San Ramon - MS SB/70
Fresno, CA 93740-8034

Ph: 559.278.2103
Fax: 559.278.4402