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Chemistry Degree Requirements

Associate in Science Degree Requirements:

Course Title Units
CHEM 141 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 142 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 231 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 5
MATH 180 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 280 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4
MATH 281 Intermediate Calculus 4
PHYC 190 Mechanics and Heat 5
PHYC 200 Electricity and Magnetism 5
PHYC 210 Wave Motion and Modern Physics 5
Total Required:
Plus General Education Requirements


  1. Students pursuing an emphasis in Biochemistry should also take the following courses: BIO 210, 220, 221.
  2. It is recommended that students who intend to enroll at UCSD take MATH 285 and check with the Counseling Center regarding program options.

Career Opportunities

Chemists work in a variety of fields, primarily those of the chemical, biotechnological, environmental, biomedical, pharmaceutical, electronics, forensic, agricultural and food industries. They usually work in analysis, research, development or production of materials. Management, marketing and teaching opportunities are also available.

*Agricultural Chemist
*Air Quality Control
*Analytical Chemist
*Chemistry Teacher
  Environmental Technologist
  Fishery Specialist
  Food and Drug Inspector
*Forensic Specialist

  Laboratory Technician
*Materials Scientist
*Organic Chemist
*Polymer Chemist
  Sales Representative
  Sanitary Technician
*Bachelor Degree or higher required.