Sep 19, 2019  
2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Lower Division Courses numbered 1–99 are designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores but are open to all students for lower division credit. (Graduate students requesting to enroll in lower-division undergraduate courses will not receive unit credit nor will the course fulfill degree requirements.) Upper Division Courses courses numbered 100–199 are open to all students who have met the necessary prerequisites as indicated in the catalog course description. Preparation should generally include completion of one lower division course in the given subject or completion of two years of college work.


Courses numbered 200–299 are open to graduate students. (Undergraduate students must obtain the signature of the instructor, School Dean, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Graduate level units will count towards the required 120 units for graduation; however students are urged to meet with their academic advisor in order to determine if graduate course units may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.)


Cross-listed Courses are the same course offered under different course subjects at the same level (either undergraduate or graduate) that share the same meeting time, requirements, units, etc. Conjoined Courses are the same course but one is undergraduate and one is graduate.


A corequisite course is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.


Prerequisites for courses should be followed carefully; the responsibility for meeting these requirements rests on the student. If you can demonstrate that your preparation is equivalent to that specified by the prerequisites, the instructor may waive these requirements for you. The instructor also may request that a student who has not completed the prerequisites be dropped from the course. If the prerequisite for a course is not satisfied, students must obtain the approval of the instructor (or school designee) of the course they wish to take.

For all undergraduate courses a “C-” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “P/NP” grade then a “P” grade is required.

For all graduate courses a “B” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “S/U” grade then a “S” grade is required.


No credit is allowed for completing a less advanced course after successful completion (C-or better) of a more advanced course in the foreign languages. This applies only to lower division foreign language courses, not upper division courses. 


Unless otherwise stated in the course description, each course is letter graded with a P/NP or S/U option (unless required for your major or graduate program). The policy regarding Grading Options , can be found in an alternate section of the catalog.

More information about Course Substitutions  and Course Materials and Services Fees  can be found in alternate areas of the catalog.



   •  CHEM 001: Preparatory Chemistry
   •  CHEM 002: General Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 002H: Honors General Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 008: Principles of Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 008H: Honors Principles of Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 008L: Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab
   •  CHEM 010: General Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 010H: Honors General Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 090X: Freshman Seminar in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  CHEM 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  CHEM 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  CHEM 100: Organic Synthesis and Mechanism
   •  CHEM 100L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 101L: Advanced Synthetic Laboratory
   •  CHEM 111: Biochemistry I
   •  CHEM 112: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
   •  CHEM 113: Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
   •  CHEM 115: Instrumental Analysis and Bioanalytical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 120: Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 122: Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
   •  CHEM 130: Organic Spectroscopy and Computation
   •  CHEM 131: Molecular Spectroscopy
   •  CHEM 133: Biophysical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 140: Nanoscale Materials Chemistry
   •  CHEM 150: Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 153: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 155: Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
   •  CHEM 160: Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists
   •  CHEM 181: Introduction to Biomolecular Simulation
   •  CHEM 190: Advanced Topics in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 194: Ethics and Communication in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  CHEM 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  CHEM 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  CHEM 200: Advanced Organic Synthesis
   •  CHEM 201: Organic and Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms
   •  CHEM 202: Bioorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 210: Reactions and Reactivity of Organometallic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 212: Molecular and Solid State Quantum Chemistry
   •  CHEM 214: Statistical Thermodynamics
   •  CHEM 215: Chemical Kinetics
   •  CHEM 225: Molecular Electronic Structure
   •  CHEM 231: Molecular Spectroscopy
   •  CHEM 260: Introduction to Scientific Computing
   •  CHEM 270: Academic Writing in Graduate Studies
   •  CHEM 281: Molecular Dynamics and Biomolecular Simulation
   •  CHEM 290: Current Topics in Physics and Chemistry
   •  CHEM 291: Physics and Chemistry Seminar
   •  CHEM 295: Graduate Research
   •  CHEM 298: Directed Group Study
   •  CHEM 299: Directed Independent Study