1. Career supportive electives (CSE)
The 12 credits of CSE courses are to be approved by the student's academic adviser by the end of the winter quarter of the junior year. The student should submit a formal list to the adviser (hard copy or e-mail). These courses must include at least 3 credits of an upper division lab course. The other 9 credits can be a lab or lecture course. A course is considered a lab course if the primary emphasis of the course is the laboratory experience and the majority of time in the course is devoted to the laboratory. (A 4-cr course with three lectures a week and one lab a week is not considered a lab course.) Undergraduate research or undergraduate thesis (CH 401 or CH 403 or the corresponding courses in other departments) are strongly recommended. These courses can be used for part or all of the CSE and provide the student with valuable experience that is especially important for continuing education in graduate school. CH 374 is a synthesis course and not considered a career supportive elective.
Generally CSE courses are upper division (UD) courses in chemistry, science or related areas including engineering, oceanography, agricultural science not specified for the chemistry core or the advanced chemistry option. Courses to consider include upper division courses that are identified for other options. Other than CH 401 or CH 403, recommended courses also include other Upper Division undergraduate chemistry courses (not used for the chemistry core or the advanced chemistry option), graduate chemistry courses, biochemistry (not used for the advanced chemistry option), physics, mathematics (not used for the chemistry core), and statistics.
Chemistry Internship (CH 410) may be used for three credits of CSE as described on the internship page under the topic of Grading and Credits.
Also see policies for other information including external research.
2. MTH 253 or MTH 306 is a required course for the advanced chemistry option. You will find that MTH 306 is offered more terms and better times.
3. If BB 490 & BB 491 Biochemistry (6 credits) are used to fulfill the biochemistry requirement instead of BB 450, 2 of the credits count toward credits for CSE credits.
4. BI 314 is not required but is a recommended as an elective before taking BB 490 and counts as a career supportive elective.