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2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Sciences, Biological Chemistry Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements for the Chemical Sciences Major

To receive the B.S. in Chemical Sciences students must adhere to all General Education  and School of Natural Sciences Requirements . The Chemical Sciences program consists of 80-92 units with a minimum of 26 courses designed to give all students a common foundation of core knowledge specific to the discipline, plus breadth in an application area.

There are honors versions of the three lower division Chemical Sciences courses, CHEM 002H , CHEM 008H , and CHEM 010H , which are open to students achieving high grades in the prerequisite courses (see course descriptions for details).  These classes cover the same breadth of material as the non-honors versions, but are taught with smaller class sizes and cover the material in more depth.

Lower Division Major Requirements [46-48 Units]

Biological Sciences Requirement [4 units]

Complete the following course. BIO 001L  is recommended, but not required.

General Chemistry Requirement [8 units]

Complete the following two general chemistry courses:

Organic Chemistry Requirement [4 units]

Complete the following two organic chemistry courses:

Computer Science Requirement [2-4 units]

Complete one of the following computer science courses:

Physics Requirement [8 units]

Complete the following two physics courses:

Requirements for Biological Chemistry Emphasis [14-16 Units]

Biological Chemistry Electives

Complete one of the following in-depth course electives:

Transfer Students

To be admitted to the Chemical Sciences major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admission have completed at minimum each of the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C-” or better:

Additional Information

Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 in transferable courses. Any outstanding General Education and Major preparation coursework will be completed at UC Merced. Students should also consult the Information for Prospective Students link on the School of Natural Sciences website naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu for more information.