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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Biology (B.S.)

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In order to earn the bachelor of science degree with a major in chemistry-biology, students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0.

I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
      or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science


Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Math


Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

III. Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements
Minimum 78 units and 18 courses, including:

  • CHEM 025 General Chemistry (5)
  • CHEM 027 General Chemistry (5)
  • CHEM 121 Organic Chemistry I (5)
  • CHEM 123 Organic Chemistry II (5)
  • CHEM electives (two courses from Chemistry numbered above CHEM 123, but not including CHEM 191)  (8)

One of the following two courses: (4)

  • CHEM 159 Biophysical Chemistry
  • CHEM 161 Physical Chemistry

One of the following groups: (10)

  1. PHYS 023 General Physics I
    & PHYS 025 General Physics II
  2. PHYS 053 Principles of Physics I
    & PHYS 055 Principles of Physics II
  • MATH 051 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 053 Calculus II (4)
  • BIOL 051 Principles of Biology  (4)
  • BIOL 061 Principles of Biology  (4)
  • BIOL 101 Genetics  (4)
  • BIOL electives (three courses from Biology numbered above BIOL 61, but not including BIOL 89, 93, 191, or 197)  (12)

One of the following two courses: (4)

  • BIOL 175 Ecology
  • BIOL 179 Evolution