Chemistry

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Arts

Biochemistry Option

General Chemistry Option

Bachelor of Science

Minor

Organic/Biochemistry

Faculty

Lihung Pu, Department Chair

H. Leonardo Martinez, Sofia Pappatheodorou, Kenneth Rodriguez, Noel Sturm, Tieli Wang

Staff

Jivin Seward, David Inafuku, Laboratory Technicians

Department Office: NSM B-202, (310) 243-3376

Emeriti Faculty

Ulrich de la Camp, L. Danette Dobyns, Eugene N. Garcia, James Lyle, Oliver Seely, William Wilk, George Wiger

Program Description

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers majors leading to a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. The B.A. Degree also has a Biochemistry Option. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed primarily for students who plan to enter graduate programs in chemistry or other closely related sciences. The department is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), 1155 - Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20036. Students graduating with this degree will be certified to the Society and will receive a certificate from the ACS. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry fulfills the need of those students who are pursuing pre-medical or pre-dental programs as well as those who plan to enter fields such as business, environmental or patent law, where a background in chemistry can be of great utility.

Features

The department is housed in well-equipped offices and laboratories on the third floor of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Building. The faculty consists of full-time members who represent all the major areas of chemistry. Students generally benefit from the smaller class sizes and the individualized attention, which is seldom available at large universities. Students are introduced to modern instrumental techniques and are given many opportunities for "hands-on" experience.

Academic Advising

Students who are majoring in chemistry should be advised once each semester, prior to registration. Permanent records of advisement are kept in the department office.

Preparation

High school students should include two years of algebra, one year of geometry and a one-year course in chemistry in their high school preparation. A course in high school physics also is recommended. Students who enter without this preparation must expect to delay their graduation beyond the minimum time-period of four years.

Community college transfers should have completed one year of general chemistry, one year of calculus and one year of physics.

Career Possibilities

A Major in Chemistry either as a B.A. or B.S. will prepare students for graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry; teaching chemistry in secondary schools; employment with industry or government; entry into professional schools such as medicine or dentistry; or entry into law school with a view toward specialization in patent or environmental law.

Students may prepare for a career in teaching science at the secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program." Completion of such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for a teaching credential. As the program requirements for the "Subject Matter Preparation Program" in science have changed recently, interested students should consult the departmentally designated advisor for current information.

Pre-Medical Professions Training in Biochemistry

Students who wish to apply to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other medical areas following graduation should consider completing the requirement for a B.S. degree in Biochemistry.  In addition, students should complete the elective course that was not selected to fulfill the degree requirements.

The following courses are not usually required for admission to medical school, but it is recommenced that students consider them when planning their academic program.  Many formers students have found them to be a valuable introduction to courses that must be taken in many professional programs.

BIO 422.      Histology (3)

BIO 424.      Histology Laboratory (1)

BIO 453.      Endocrinology (3)

BIO 483.      Human Physiology (3)

Student Organizations

Membership in the Science Society of CSU Dominguez Hills is open to all students. The Society encompasses all of the scientific disciplines and is also a Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society. It was founded to serve the interests and concerns of science students and sponsors scientific, educational, professional and social activities. The American Chemical Society has commended the Science Society for the high quality of its activities and programs. Contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for further information.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Chemistry provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty in the department or program in which the honors are to be awarded.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

No minor required.

Major Requirements (60-62 units)

Students must select one of the options listed. The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Each B.A. Chemistry major must select one of the options listed below:

Biochemistry Option (62-64 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (30-32 units):

CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5)

CHE 230. Quantitative Analysis (4)

MAT 191. Calculus I (5)

MAT 193. Calculus II (5)

PHY 130. General Physics I (5) and

PHY 132. General Physics II (5) or

PHY 120. Elements of Physics I (4) and

PHY 122. Elements of Physics II (4)

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (30 units):

CHE 310. Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHE 311. Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

CHE 312. Organic Chemistry II (3)

CHE 313. Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)

CHE 320. Physical Chemistry I (5)

CHE 420. Advanced Applications for Chemistry (2)

CHE 450. Biochemistry I (4)*

CHE 451. Biochemistry Lab I (1)

CHE 452. Biochemistry II (4)

CHE 453. Biochemistry Lab II (2)

CHE 460. Chemical Literature (2)

*NOTE: Major students may substitute this course for General Education Area E. Please contact the University Advisement Center to request the course substitution.

General Chemistry Option (63 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (34 units):

CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5)

CHE 230. Quantitative Analysis (4)

MAT 191. Calculus I (5)

MAT 193. Calculus II (5)

PHY 130. General Physics I (5)

PHY 132. General Physics II (5)

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (29 units):

CHE 310. Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHE 311. Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

CHE 312. Organic Chemistry II (3)

CHE 313. Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)

CHE 320. Physical Chemistry I (5)

CHE 322. Physical Chemistry II (3)

CHE 420. Advanced Applications for Chemistry (2)

CHE 431. Advanced Integrated Lab I (3)

CHE 440. Inorganic Chemistry (4)

CHE 460. Chemical Literature (2)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 or a maximum of 132 units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

Major Requirements (79 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (39 units):

CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5)

CHE 230. Quantitative Analysis (4)

MAT 191. Calculus I (5)

MAT 193. Calculus II (5)

MAT 211. Calculus III (5)

PHY 130. General Physics I (5)

PHY 132. General Physics II (5)

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (40 units):

CHE 310. Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHE 311. Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

CHE 312. Organic Chemistry II (3)

CHE 313. Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)

CHE 320. Physical Chemistry I (5)

CHE 322. Physical Chemistry II (3)

CHE 420. Advanced Applications for Chemistry (2)

CHE 431. Advanced Integrated Lab I (3)

CHE 433. Advanced Integrated Lab II (3)

CHE 440. Inorganic Chemistry (4)

CHE 450. Biochemistry I (4)*

CHE 451. Biochemistry Lab I (1)

CHE 460. Chemical Literature (2)

PHY 333. Analog Electronics (3)

*NOTE: Major students may substitute this course for General Education Area E. Please contact the University Advisement Center to request the course substitution.

Minor in Organic/Biochemistry (29 units)

A.  Lower Division Required Courses (14 units):

CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5)

CHE 230. Quantitative Analysis (4)

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (15 units):

CHE 310. Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHE 311. Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

CHE 312. Organic Chemistry II (3)

CHE 313. Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)

CHE 450. Biochemistry I (4)

CHE 451. Biochemistry Lab I (1)

NOTE: All Biological Science Majors who have used CHE 450 and CHE 451 to fulfill requirements for their major must take either:

CHE 452. Biochemistry II (4) and

CHE 453. Biochemistry Lab II (2) or

CHE 456. Clinical Chemistry (3)

Specific Chemistry Subject Matter Authorization (38 units)

Holders of a Single Subject or Multiple Subject credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing may secure a Specific Chemistry Subject Matter Authorization that allows the holder to teach the specific subjects in grades preschool, K-12, and classes organized primarily for adults. 

For other requirements governing issuance of this authorization, consult the Teacher Education section of this catalog or contact the School of Education Student Services Center.

Complete each of the following courses or equivalent as approved by the Chemistry Department Advisor:

A.  Prerequisites:

 MAT 191. Calculus I (5) (prerequisite: MAT 153)

*MAT 193. Calculus II (5)

 

B.  Lower Division (14 units):

CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5)

CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5) 

CHE 230. Quantitative Analysis (4)

 

C. Upper Division (24 units):

CHE 310. Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHE 311. Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)

CHE 312. Organic Chemistry II (3)

CHE 313. Organic Chemistry II Lab (2)

CHE 320. Physical Chemistry I (5)*

CHE 420. Advanced Applications for Chemistry (2)

CHE 450. Biochemistry I (4)

CHE 451. Biochemistry I Lab (1)

CHE 460. Chemical Literature (2)

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Lower Division

CHE 102          Chemistry for the Citizen (3).

A non-mathematical treatment of the basic principles of chemistry and their application to various facets of life in a highly technological society.

CHE 103          Chemistry Laboratory for the Citizen (1).

Prerequisite: CHE 102, or concurrent enrollment in CHE 102.

Recommended general education course for students interested in the chemistry of everyday life.  Includes determining the composition of foods and drugs, measurements, unit conversions, scientific notation, chemical representations, mole concept, structure of atoms and molecules.  Three hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 108          Introduction to College Chemistry (5).

Measurements, units, unit conversion, scientific notation, chemical stoichiometry, mole concept, structure of atoms and molecules. CR/NC grading. Three hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 110          General Chemistry I (5).

Prerequisites: CHE 108 or high school chemistry and satisfactory performance on the General Chemistry Placement test.

Chemical stoichiometry, atomic structure, periodic table, quantum theory, gases, thermochemistry, ionic bonding, Lewis formulas, liquids, solids, solutions. Four hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 112          General Chemistry II (5).

Prerequisite: CHE 110.

Chemical kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, acids and bases, solubility, electrochemistry, covalent bonding, transition metal complexes. Four hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 230          Quantitative Analysis (4).

Prerequisite: CHE 112.

Introduction to the techniques and theory of gravimetric and volumetric analyses, colorimetry, flame photometry and electroanalytical procedures. Two hours of lecture and six hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory fee required.

Upper Division

CHE 300          Organic Chemistry I (3).

Prerequisite: CHE 112 or 1 year of general chemistry.

A detailed study of organic molecular structure, reaction mechanisms stereochemistry, and synthesis with emphasis on a aliphatic and aromatic systems.

CHE 301          Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1).

Prerequisites: CHE 112 or 1 year of general chemistry; concurrent enrollment in CHE 300.

Basic experimental techniques of organic chemistry. Three hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 302          Organic Chemistry II (3).

Prerequisites: CHE 300 and CHE 301. Concurrent enrollment in CHE 303.

Continuation of CHE 300 with emphasis on the chemistry of organic compounds containing oxygen and nitrogen.

CHE 303          Organic Laboratory II (1).

Prerequisites: CHE 112 or 1 year of general chemistry; concurrent enrollment in CHE 302.

Preparation of organic compounds and qualitative organic analysis. Three hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 310          Organic Chemistry I (4).

Prerequisites: CHE 112; concurrent enrollment in CHE 311.

Systematic study of organic compounds, with emphasis on molecular structure and reaction mechanisms; stereochemistry; aliphatic compounds.

CHE 311          Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1).

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHE 310.

Techniques of separation and purification
of organic compounds. Introduction to organic synthesis. Three hours of laboratory per week. Fee required.

CHE 312          Organic Chemistry II (3).

Prerequisites: CHE 310, CHE 311; concurrent enrollment in CHE 313.

A continuation of CHE 310 with emphasis on aromatic systems. Introduction to spectroscopy. Structures and reactions of organic compounds containing oxygen and nitrogen.

CHE 313          Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2).

Prerequisites: CHE 310, CHE 311; concurrent enrollment in CHE 312.

Organic synthesis, introduction to spectros copy. Qualitative organic analysis. Six hours of laboratory per week. Fee required.

CHE 316          Survey of Organic Chemistry (3).

Prerequisite: CHE 112 and concurrent enrollment in CHE 317.

Structure and properties of aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Stereochemistry and functional group chemistry. Oriented toward life sciences and related areas.

CHE 317          Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1).

Co-requisite: CHE 316.

Basic purification processes and techniques of separation of mixtures. Preparation of organic compounds. Introduction to qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, including chemical, chromatographic, and spectroscopic procedures. Three hours of laboratory per week. Fee required.

CHE 320          Physical Chemistry I (5).

Prerequisites: CHE 112 and CHE 230; MAT 193; PHY 132.

PHY 122 may be substituted for PHY 132 by students in the biochemistry option and by non-chemistry majors, with consent of instructor. Principles and applications of classical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Introduction to computer based techniques of treating scientific data.

CHE 322          Physical Chemistry II (3).

Prerequisite: CHE 320.

Introduction to group theory, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy and statistical thermodynamics.

CHE 393          Supervised Laboratory Projects (1-3).

Prerequisites: CHE 112 and consent of instructor.

Laboratory projects to be carried out under the supervision of a chemistry faculty member. Designed for students of sophomore and junior standing. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course. Three to nine hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 420          Advanced Applications for Chemistry (2).

Prerequisite: CHE 320.

Advanced applications for chemistry including computational techniques, molecular modeling, combinatorial approaches to synthesis, data acquisition and analysis, and use of computers to simulate spectral data. One hour of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

CHE 431          Advanced Integrated Laboratory I (3).

Prerequisites: CHE 230 and CHE 320.

Experimental work involving instrumental analytical techniques, inorganic syntheses, physical measurements on chemical systems. Analysis of experimental data, including the use of computer techniques. One hour of lecture and six hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 433          Advanced Integrated Laboratory II (3).

Prerequisites: CHE 431 and CHE 322.

A continuation of CHE 431. One hour of lecture and six hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 440          Inorganic Chemistry (4).

Prerequisite: CHE 322.

Structural inorganic chemistry, coordination compounds, mechanisms of inorganic reactions, inorganic synthetic methods. Organometallic chemistry, catalysis.

CHE 450          Biochemistry I (4).

Prerequisites: CHE 230, CHE 312 and CHE 313, or CHE 316 and CHE 317, and concurrent enrollment in CHE 451.

The chemistry of amino acids and proteins; the chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids; energetics in living systems.

CHE 451          Biochemistry Laboratory I (1).

Prerequisites: CHE 230, CHE 312, and CHE 313, or CHE 316 and CHE 317, and concurrent enrollment in CHE 450.

Biochemistry laboratory experiments using advanced techniques for separation and analysis of biologically active compounds. Three hours of laboratory per week. Fee required.

CHE 452          Biochemistry II (4).

Prerequisite: CHE 450.

Metabolism of nitrogenous compounds, discussion of nucleic acid structure/function and metabolic control.

CHE 453          Biochemistry Laboratory II (2).

Prerequisites: CHE 451 and concurrent enrollment in CHE 452.

Biochemistry experiments using advanced techniques for the isolation and purification of macromolecules, and for determination of their activity or function. Six hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 456          Clinical Chemistry (3).

Prerequisites: CHE 450 and CHE 451.

Methods of analysis of body fluids and tissues. Relation of analytical results to interpretation of metabolism and diagnosis of disease. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory fee required.

CHE 460          Chemical Literature (2).

Prerequisites: CHE 312 and CHE 320.

Chemical literature, including the nature, content, and accessibility. Modern electronic search and retrieval techniques. CR/NC grading.

CHE 495          Selected Topics in Chemistry (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Lectures on a specific area of current interest in chemistry, or advanced discussion of a selected topic in a limited field of chemistry. Repeatable course. One to three hours of lecture per week.

CHE 497          Directed Research (1-3).

Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.

Advanced laboratory work, with each student undertaking an independent and original investigation. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course. Three or nine hours of laboratory per week.

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled on
a "demand" basis. Students should consult the department office for information about the next schedule offering.

CHE 458          Toxicology (3).

Prerequisites: CHE 450 is required; CHE 452 is recommended.

Discussion of methods of introduction of toxic substances into the body, their metabolic transformations, and their biochemical and physiological effects. Examples drawn from forensic, clinical, occupational, and environmental sources.

CHE 474          Geochemistry (3).

Prerequisites: CHE 112 is required; EAR 356 is recommended.

Factors controlling the distribution of the chemical elements in the earth, atmosphere and oceans. Methods in the analysis of minerals. Special consideration of economically important metals. Applications in earth sciences, chemistry, and environmental studies. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.