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Advanced Chemistry Option

Advanced Chemistry Option


This track-one option leads to a degree approved by the American Chemical Society. Designed for students continuing their chemistry education in graduate school or seeking careers directly in the chemistry workforce, it provides the most rigorous and complete chemistry foundation with the most extensive laboratory experience. Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged. Knowledge and skills are developed in all concentrations of chemistry and include six advanced laboratory courses. Additional electives may be chosen to best support career goals.

Chemistry core (79-81 credits)

Advanced chemistry option (36-38 credits)

Courses by year

This serves as a general suggestion for students looking to complete their advanced chemistry option degree within four years. We always recommend working with your advisor to find the best academic plan for you.

General Chemistry (15): CH 231/231H and 271, CH 232/232H and 272, CH 233/233H and 273
Elementary Functions (4)a: MTH 112
Careers in Chemistry (1)b: CH 220
Calculus (8): MTH 251, 252
Writing I (Bacc Core) (3): WR 121/121H
Speech (Bacc Core) (3): COMM 111/111H or 114/114H or 211 or 218
Fitness (Bacc Core) (3): HHS 231 and PAC
Perspective (Bacc Core) (3): Options
General Electives (5)

Organic Chemistry (9): CH 334, 335, 336
Experimental Chemistry I (6): CH 361, 362
Advanced Mathematics (4): MTH 253 or 264 & 265
Vector Calculus I (4): MTH 254
Differential Mathematics (4): MTH 256 or 341
General Physics (15): PH 211 & 221, PH 212 & 222, PH 213 & 223
Writing II (Bacc Core) (3): Writing II Options
General Electives (1)

Analytical Chemistry (6): CH 421, 422
Physical Chemistry (9): CH 440, 441, 442
Experimental Chemistry II (3): CH 461
Experimental Chemistry II (6): CH 462 (WIC), 463 (WIC)
Perspective or DPD (Bacc Core) (6): Perspective or DPD Course Options
Synthesis (Bacc Core) (3): Synthesis Course Options
General Electives (12)

Inorganic Chemistry (6): CH 411, 412
Experimental Chemistry II (3): CH 464 (WIC)
Biochemistry (4-6): BB 490 & 491 or BB 450
Perspective (3): Options
Synthesis (3): Options
CSE (12): Career Supportive Electives
General Electives (10-12)

a MTH 112 is not a required course for the chemistry B.S. degree.
b First Year Orientation for chemistry majors is strongly recommended (1 cr. P/N).

Sample course timetable

Fall term

  • CH 231 & 271
  • MTH 112a
  • CH 220b

Winter term

  • CH 232 & 272
  • MTH 251

Spring term

  • CH 233 & 273
  • MTH 252

Fall term

  • CH 334
  • CH 361
  • MTH 254
  • PH 211 & 221

Winter term

  • CH 335
  • CH 362
  • MTH 253 or MTH 264 & 265
  • PH 212 & 222

Spring term

  • CH 336
  • MTH 256 or 341
  • PH 213 & 223

Fall term

  • CH 440
  • CH 421
  • CH 461

Winter term

  • CH 441
  • CH 422
  • CH 462

Spring term

  • CH 442
  • CH 463
  • CSEd

Fall term

  • CH 411
  • CH 464
  • BB 490c
  • CSEd

Winter term

  • CH 412
  • BB 491c
  • CSEd

Spring term

  • CSEd


a MTH 112 can be taken to prepare for MTH 251 if the score on ALEKS Math Placement test is 59% or less. MTH 112 is not a required course for the chemistry degree.
b Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to take the chemistry major's orientation course, "Careers in Chemistry," fall term. This is a 1-credit course and graded P/N.
c BB 450 may be substituted for BB 490 & 491. BB 490 & 491 provide 2 credits of Career Supportive Electives (CSE).
d Advanced chemistry requires at least 12 CSE credits to complete this track.

Career Supportive Elective courses (CSE) are decided in your junior year. You will consult with your chemistry adviser for the courses that best meet your track choice. You are required to take at least 12 CSE credits for graduation. They can be taken any term as scheduled.

While the order of the courses above is suggested, many of the prerequisite chemistry and biochemistry courses are only taught one term per year. Because of this, it is critical that you consider this when planning out your academic schedule.

Baccalaureate Core courses are not shown on the chart above.

Additional information

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 by email.

  • 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-credit 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 and agricultural science that are 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 UD 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.

Major courses


MTH 253 or MTH 264 & 265 is a required course for the advanced chemistry option. You will usually find that MTH 264 & 265 is offered more terms and at better times.


If BB 490 and BB 491 (6 credits) are used to fulfill the biochemistry requirement instead of BB 450, two of the credits count toward CSE credits.


BI 314 is not required but is recommended as an elective before taking BB 490 and counts as a career supportive elective.