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CSU San Marcos Academic Offerings: Chemistry


  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with Options in:
    • Chemistry
    • Science Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Minor in Chemistry


California State University San Marcos offers a program of courses leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with options in Chemistry and Science Education, and to a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. This includes everything in the universe from a simple hydrogen atom to very large replicating molecules in life processes. Chemistry is involved with the development of medicines that control and cure diseases; food through specific and safe agricultural chemicals; consumer products such as cleaners, plastics, and clothing; new methods of energy production, transfer and storage; new materials for electronic components; and new methods for protection and cleanup of the environment. Chemistry majors are needed to help solve some of society's most difficult technological problems through research, development, and teaching.

As an integral part of this program, each student is required to do a senior research project, thesis, and thesis defense. Also, students will have the opportunity to take advanced elective courses in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, or biochemistry. With appropriate choices of chemistry and general education electives, graduates can meet the requirements for admission to graduate, medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary, and other professional schools.

The goal of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is to provide chemistry majors with the best education within the guidelines of the American Chemical Society. Each student will learn the basics of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry, including the most recent technology in instrumentation. An atmosphere of small class size, close faculty/student interaction, and new facilities/equipment are some of the advantages of the Chemistry Program at Cal State San Marcos.


To learn more about Chemistry programs at CSU San Marcos, please visit the Chemistry department website.