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American Chemical Society Certificate in Chemistry

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 70-82 units

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

Students who complete this program will be awarded a degree in chemistry which will be certified by the American Chemical Society as well as a certificate from CSU, Chico. (Note: ACS requirements change only rarely, but interested students should verify requirements with the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.) Current requirements include either:

Completion of the BS in Chemistry


the BS in Biochemistry with at least 4 units from the following list of courses:

4 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: CHEM 331 with a grade C- or higher.
In-depth exploration of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, classical thermodynamics, and chemical and phase equilibria. 3 hours discussion. (001883)
Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 361, CHEM 381.
A continuation of CHEM 381. 6 hours laboratory. (001886)
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 370.
A course whose objectives is to help students become experts at the structural determination of organic compounds using modern spectroscopic methods, including IR, UV-Vis, mass spectra, and 1D and 2D NMR techniques. 1 hour seminar. (001905)
Prerequisites: CHEM 332.
This course is an independent study offered for 1.0-2.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Original laboratory or library investigation under individual faculty supervision. 6 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (001875)
Prerequisites: Open by invitation to chemistry majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; faculty permission.
A research project within chemistry or an interdisciplinary project which involves chemistry. Students will be involved with design, library, laboratory, and data analysis aspects of a research problem. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (001921)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, CHEM 320, CHEM 331, CHEM 332, CHEM 370M, MATH 220, PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C; faculty permission.
Open by invitation to chemistry majors who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Not open to students who have credit for CHEM 491 or CHEM 492. This is an "Honors in the Major" course. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. ABC/no credit grading. (001927)
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