Chemistry, B.A.


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is intended primarily for those students who plan to take extensive coursework in other areas in addition to chemistry. This degree is suitable for prehealth professional students (premedical, predental, etc.), secondary school teaching credential students, and biochemistry students oriented toward biotechnology, forensic science, and the health professions. This degree is NOT intended for students who anticipate a career in chemistry, or who expect to continue their education in pursuit of graduate degrees.

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

1. The B.A. Chemistry Major requirements (38 units)
Core Program
CHEM 1A, CHEM 1AL, CHEM 1B, CHEM 1BL, CHEM 102, CHEM 108, CHEM 128A, CHEM 128B, CHEM 129A, CHEM 129B, CHEM 155A, CHEM 155B, CHEM 156 (38 units)

Additional requirements (31-38 units)
BIOL 1A, BIOL 1B, BIOL 1BL (8 units)
Elect 7 units from BIOL 102, BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 120 or other approved courses (7 units)
MATH 75, MATH 76 (MATH 77 strongly recommended) (8-12 units)
PHYS 2A, PHYS 2B (or PHYS 4A, PHYS 4AL, PHYS 4B, PHYS 4BL, PHYS 4C strongly recommended) (8-11 units)

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor.

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. Of the 48 required General Education units, 9 units will be satisfied by the following courses in the major and additional requirements: 3 units of CHEM 1A and 1AL or PHYS 2A in G.E. Breadth B1; 3 units of BIOL 1A in G.E. Breadth B2; and 3 units MATH 75 in G.E. Foundation B4.  Consult the department chair or faculty advisor for additional details.


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.

The graduate faculty are dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, rigorous M.S. program. Several of the faculty have received awards for the quality of their mentoring and teaching. They are widely respected in their field and regularly publish their work in leading scientific journals. The faculty have received funding to support their work from private foundations, and state and federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. They also work with researchers at several National Laboratories and a number of top-tier research universities.

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B.A. in Chemistry

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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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 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