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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.)

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In order to earn the bachelor of science degree with a major in chemistry, 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

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 74 units and 17 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  141  Analytical Chemistry  (4)
  • CHEM  143  Instrumental Analysis Laboratory  (4)
  • CHEM  151  Biochemistry  (4)
  • CHEM  161  Physical Chemistry I  (4)
  • CHEM  163  Physical Chemistry II  (4)
  • CHEM  167  Experimental Physical Chemistry  (4)
  • CHEM  171  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  (4)
  • PHYS  053  Principles of Physics I  (5)
  • PHYS  055  Principles of Physics II  (5)
  • MATH  051  Calculus I  (4)
  • MATH  053  Calculus II  (4)
  • MATH  055  Calculus III  (4)

One of the following two courses: (4)

  • MATH  057  App. Differential Equations I
  • MATH  141  Linear Algebra

Note: 1) At least 4 of your major required courses must  be taken at Pacific.