Our department offers a bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees in chemistry and in biochemistry. The department also offers many courses designed for students majoring in other areas. The bachelor of science degree offers specializations such as high school teaching, allied health, forensics, environmental science, materials science and quality control. Most of these choices can be made after the second year. The detailed curriculum is given in the current SDSU general catalog.
Chemistry and biochemistry are central sciences because they form the basis for so many materials, processes, and phenomena that are important in today’s society. They’re the sciences that study the composition, structure, and properties of biological molecules, the reactions with which these substances interact, and how they impact living organisms. A fundamental understanding of chemistry and biochemistry is necessary not only for a career in the field but in essentially any technical or bio-technical field you may enter. Either makes a great major for someone wanting to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, chiropractic medicine, or veterinary science.
An Interdisciplinary Major
The chemistry and biochemistry majors combines advanced biochemistry, chemistry, and advanced biology coursework to create two truly interdisciplinary majors. It is much more than simply a chemistry major with a biology minor, or a biology major with a chemistry minor—it’s an integrated understanding of how the molecular basis for all things biological.
A Complete Undergrad Education
Our majors receive a combination of strong science-rich classes, a broad general education, and hands-on learning experiences. You’ll take classes in the social and natural sciences, math, humanities, and fine arts, in addition to gaining those valued technical skills employers look for. When you graduate from our department you are not only well prepared to take the next step in your career, you have completed an outstanding undergraduate education.
Ready for the Future
Because your university education is grounded in the arts and sciences, you’ll be able to place your knowledge into the broader context and communicate that understanding to society. Over the last 10 years, our majors have achieved a 100 percent placement in graduate and professional schools because they have already demonstrated their problem solving skills and are ready to "do" real science.