Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

CBU’s chemistry program will prepare you for a variety of careers. Many chemists work in industries that produce pharmaceuticals, cleaners, personal care products, plastics and thousands of other materials relied upon for everyday life. Chemists also conduct research to try to better understand and solve significant problems, such as alternative fuels and climate change. As a chemist, you can work in fields at the forefront of science - helping to develop the technologies of tomorrow!

If you are wondering what you can do with a chemistry major, whatcanidowiththismajor.com is a great resource.

A chemistry Minor is also available.

Why CBU?

At CBU, you will learn under professors who are dedicated to their students. Every major class and lab is taught by a full-time faculty member. Because of the small student:faculty ratio, students get hands-on experience with a variety of modern instrumentation in recently constructed facilities.

Career Opportunities

  1. Chemists and materials scientists - use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.
  2. Research scientist for academic, government and industrial organizations.
  3. Forensic science technicians - help investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence.
  4. Chemistry teachers at all levels (junior high through college).
  5. Preparation for medical school, pharmacy school and other professional schools.

Links

  1. http://www.acs.org/undergrad
  2. http://www.acs.org/careernavigator
  3. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/chemists-and-materials-scientists.htm
  4. http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/chemistry/
  5. http://www.science.purdue.edu/careers/what_can_i_do_with_a_major/chem/index.html
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Demonstrate competency in Chemistry at levels comparable to national standards for these disciplines.
    • Critically analyze and discuss scientific journal articles.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in accurately conveying scientific data both orally and in writing.
    • Attain knowledge comparable to national standards in these areas of chemistry.
    • Apply appropriate technology (including molecular modeling) and mathematical tools to their study of chemistry.
    • Apply instrumental and other laboratory techniques to laboratory-based problems.
  • Career Opportunities
    • Biotechnologist
    • Product Developer
    • Qualitative/Quantitative Analyst
    • Food Scientist
    • Chemical Engineer
    • Forensic Science
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Healthcare
    • Educator

Chemistry Major (65-70 units) BS

Lower Division Requirements

CHE101 Orientation to the Discipline
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This course is designed to introduce students to the basic skills necessary for academic success in the discipline of Chemistry and to provide students with an overview of professions in which the major may be applied. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)

CHE101-A
Schacht, Patrick C.
09/05/2017 T 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 103

CHE115 General Chemistry I with Lab
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Structure and behavior of inorganic matter and a mathematical treatment of chemical systems. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 102 or high school chemistry. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

CHE115-B
Tsai, Jones
05/08/2017 MW 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM James Complex 236
CHE115-A
Tsai, Jones
05/08/2017 MW 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM James Complex 236
CHE115-A
Suzuki, Satoru
09/05/2017 T 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 124
CHE115-D
Suzuki, Satoru
09/05/2017 F 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 124
CHE115-B
Suzuki, Satoru
09/05/2017 T 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 124
CHE115-C
Suzuki, Satoru
09/05/2017 T 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 124
CHE115-E
Ferko, Thomas E.
09/05/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A110
CHE115-G
Ferko, Thomas E.
09/05/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A110
CHE115-I
Ferko, Thomas E.
09/05/2017 W 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center A110
CHE115-H
Ferko, Thomas E.
09/05/2017 W 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center A110
CHE115-J
Ferko, Thomas E.
09/05/2017 Th 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center A110
CHE115-F
Ferko, Thomas E.
09/05/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A110

CHE125 General Chemistry II with Lab
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A continuation of Chemistry 115, including qualitative inorganic analysis. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 115. (4 units; Spring)

CHE125-B
Tsai, Jones
07/03/2017 MW 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM James Complex 236
CHE125-A
Tsai, Jones
07/03/2017 MW 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM James Complex 236
CHE125-B
Hu, Ying
09/05/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B112
CHE125-A
Hu, Ying
09/05/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B112

CHE230 Intro to Molecular Modeling
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The development of computer-generated models to investigate quantitative information about structures, reactivities, and stabilities of molecules. Prerequisite: CHE 115. (1 unit; Spring)

CHE230-A
Hu, Ying
09/05/2017 F 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 375

MAT245 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I
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Basic concepts of analytical geometry, limits and derivatives, differentials and rates, integration, definite and indefinite integrals, differentiation of logarithmic and exponential functions. Prerequisite: MAT 135, 145, EGR 182, or sufficient SAT, ACT or math placement exam scores and appropriate high school mathematics background. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

MAT245-A
Willett, Robert James
05/08/2017 MTWTh 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM BUS 252
MAT245-D
Hernandez, Lisa
09/05/2017 MWF 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Yeager Center B222
MAT245-E
Hernandez, Lisa
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B222
MAT245-A
Cordero, Ricardo J.
09/05/2017 MWF 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM BUS 103
MAT245-C
Cordero, Ricardo J.
09/05/2017 Th 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 123
MAT245-B
Cordero, Ricardo J.
09/05/2017 MWF 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM BUS 103

MAT255 Anlytical Geometry & Calculus II
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Continued study and applications of integration: volumes, lengths, surface of revolution; derivatives and integrals involving trigonometric functions, indefinite series, expansion of functions, hyperbolic functions, law of the mean, indeterminate forms, partial fractions, polar coordinates, and conic sections. Prerequisite: MAT 245. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

MAT255-B
Willett, Robert James
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 252
MAT255-A
Willett, Robert James
09/05/2017 MWF 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM BUS 252
MAT255-C
Willett, Robert James
09/05/2017 T 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A112
MAT255-D
Willett, Robert James
09/05/2017 T 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center B219

PHY214 Physics for Scientist I w/lab
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A study of mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves, sound, and the mathematical methods of physics. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: MAT 145 or 245, and a passing score on a mathematics assessment exam. (4 units; Fall)

PHY214-A
Buchholz, James R
05/08/2017 Th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY214-A
Buchholz, James R
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125
PHY214-B
Buchholz, James R
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125

PHY224 Physics for Scientist II w/lab
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A continuation of PHY 214, including a study of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics topics. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: PHY 214. (4 units; Spring)

PHY224-A
Buchholz, James R
07/03/2017 Th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 121

Upper Division Requirements

CHE321 Analytical Chemistry with Lab
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A survey of separation and quantitation principles and methods. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 125. (4 units; Fall)

CHE321-A
Ferko, Thomas E.
09/05/2017 W 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 356

CHE351 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
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An integrated mechanistic study of the nomenclature, chemical, and stereochemical properties of aliphatic hydrocarbons. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 125. (4 units; Fall)

CHE351-A
Ketenbrink, Brittany
05/08/2017 TTh 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B252
CHE351-A
Fossett, Lawrence A
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B252
CHE351-B
Fossett, Lawrence A
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B252
CHE351-C
Nalbandian, Jenifer Natee
09/05/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A111
CHE351-D
Nalbandian, Jenifer Natee
09/05/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A111
CHE351-E
Nalbandian, Jenifer Natee
09/05/2017 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A111

CHE352 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
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A continuation of Chemistry 351 covering the major aliphatic and aromatic functional groups. Includes an introduction to spectroscopy. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 351. (4 units; Spring)

CHE352-A
Fossett, Lawrence A
07/03/2017 TTh 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B252
CHE352-A
Hu, Ying
09/05/2017 W 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B110

CHE415 Physical Chemistry I
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A study of thermodynamics, kinetic molecular theory, and kinetics of chemical systems. Prerequisite: CHE125 and MAT255. (3 units; Fall)

CHE415-A
Suzuki, Satoru
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B258

CHE416 Physical Chemistry II with Lab
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A study of quantum mechanics, molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Three hours lecture and four hours laboratory. Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: CHE125 and MAT255. Pre or Co-requisite: CHE 230. (4 units; Spring odd years)

CHE470 Instrumental Analysis
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This course is a study of instrumental methods of analysis including spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical techniques with emphasis on the theory, design and applications of various instruments. Lecture (2 units) and required laboratory (2 units). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 321. (4 units; Spring even years)

CHE480 Chemistry Research Seminar
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An introduction to performing chemistry research including discussions of the scientific method, literature research, reading scientific journal articles, analyzing scientific data, reporting research findings in both written and visual formats, critiquing original research, and science ethics. A research proposal will be written by each participant. Prerequisite: Chemistry or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major and junior or senior status. (1 unit; Fall)

CHE480-B
Fossett, Lawrence A
09/05/2017 Th 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 103
CHE480-A
Fossett, Lawrence A
09/05/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 104

Concentration Courses (15-18 units)

Students must complete all requirements in one of the following concentrations:

Advanced Studies in Chemistry; Environmental Science; Secondary Chemistry Education; Pre-Medical Chemistry

Advanced Studies in Chemistry (15 units)

Upper Division Requirement

CHE490 Senior Research in Chemistry
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The focus of this class is an independent laboratory research project that the student undertakes under the direction of a faculty member who acts as a research advisor. Content varies from year to year and is determined by both instructor's and students' interests. May be repeated for up to 4 total units. Prerequisite: CHE 125 and permission of Department Chair. (1-4 units)

CHE490-A
Ferko, Thomas E.
07/03/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-B
Fossett, Lawrence A
07/03/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-C
Hu, Ying
07/03/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-D
Schacht, Patrick C.
07/03/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-E
Suzuki, Satoru
07/03/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-A
Hu, Ying
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-D
Fossett, Lawrence A
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-C
Ferko, Thomas E.
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-E
Suzuki, Satoru
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-B
Schacht, Patrick C.
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CHE490-F
Nalbandian, Jenifer Natee
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC

Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete twelve (12) units from the following

CHE341 Advncd Inorganic Chemistry w/Lab
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A study of electronic structure of atoms, bonding and structure of molecules, coordination chemistry, an overview of the chemistry of the elements, the periodic table and periodic trends, transition metal chemistry, including ligand field theory, organometallic chemistry, including catalytic reactions and solid state chemistry. Three hours lecture and four hours laboratory. Additional Lab Fee. Prerequisites: CHE 125 and MAT 245. Pre or Co-requisite: CHE 230. (4 units; Spring even years)

CHE400 Special Topics in Chemistry
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Various appropriate topics of different concentrations are offered each time. May be repeated once with different subject matter. Student involvement in selection of topics is strongly encouraged. (1-3 units)

CHE443 Biochemistry I with Lab
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A survey of the chemical reactions in living systems. Attention given to enzymes. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 351. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

CHE443-A
Schacht, Patrick C.
09/05/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 124

CHE444 Biochemistry II with Lab
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A continuation of the study of Biochemistry I including a detailed look at DNA, transcription, translation, protein synthesis, lipid metabolism (e.g., cholesterol synthesis) and amino acid and nucleic acid metabolism. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 443. (4 units; Fall)

CHE444-A
Schacht, Patrick C.
09/05/2017 Th 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B251

Environmental Science (16 units)

BIO302 Ecology with Lab
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The study of the interrelations of plants and animals in relation to the environment. Field study and local ecology are emphasized. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 114, 143, or 146. (4 units; Spring even years)

ENV110 Intro to Enviro Science with Lab
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This interdisciplinary class approach to our environment emphasizes the study of the physical, chemical, biological problems of the Earth. It includes human interactions with the environment, the impact of human development, and technology on the quality of natural resources and living organisms. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

ENV110-A
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 Th 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B112
ENV110-B
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B112

ENV360 Environmental Chemistry with Lab
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Environmental Chemistry is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the key environmental problems our world faces, by exploring the chemistry of our air, water, and soil and integrating this in order to describe human and ecological exposures to chemicals in the environment. Lecture (3 units) and required laoratory (1 unit): Additional lab fee. Prerequisite(s) CHE125 & BIO146 or BIO148 (4 Units, Spring Odd)

Four additional units of upper-division Environmental Science coursework, PSC 451 or SCI412.

Secondary Chemistry Education (20 units)

BIO146 General Biology I with Lab
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Topics covered include cell structure and function, genetics, reproduction and development of animal systems. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

BIO146-B
Koo, Bonjun
05/08/2017 M 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B258
BIO146-J
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 Th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-K
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-H
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-A
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-F
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 W 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-I
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-G
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-C
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-E
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 W 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-B
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-D
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112

BIO148 General Biology II with Lab
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Includes organismal biology of animals and plants, their behavior, ecology, evolution and adaptations. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Spring)

BIO148-A
Shin, Alexandra Nicole
07/03/2017 M 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B258
BIO148-B
Shin, Alexandra Nicole
09/05/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B112
BIO148-A
Shin, Alexandra Nicole
09/05/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B112

CHE341 Advncd Inorganic Chemistry w/Lab
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A study of electronic structure of atoms, bonding and structure of molecules, coordination chemistry, an overview of the chemistry of the elements, the periodic table and periodic trends, transition metal chemistry, including ligand field theory, organometallic chemistry, including catalytic reactions and solid state chemistry. Three hours lecture and four hours laboratory. Additional Lab Fee. Prerequisites: CHE 125 and MAT 245. Pre or Co-requisite: CHE 230. (4 units; Spring even years)

PSC451 Advanced Geoscience with Lab
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An advanced study of the geosciences including the areas of astronomy, meteorology and climate, geology, and oceanography. The laboratory experience is designed to illustrate and reinforce geosciences principles and to introduce basic geosciences laboratory techniques. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 115. (4 Units, Fall, Spring)

PSC451-A
Lanphere, Jacob D.
09/05/2017 Th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall 109

PHY301 Astronomy II
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The main focus of the course is on complex concepts from extra-solar astrophysics (astronomy outside of our solar system), including star formation, stellar evolution, supernova and stellar remnants, black holes, galaxy formation, dark matter, the large-scale structure of the universe, and the Creation of the universe. The purpose of this course is to provide a broad baseline of conceptual understanding. Student will also learn how to analyze and understand new discoveries in astronomy as they are related directly to the professional astronomical community, in addition to understanding astronomy articles that are presented through more mainstream media. Prerequisite(s): PHY113, 201, or 214. (3 units)

PHY301L Astronomy II Lab
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This laboratory course focuses on studying the laws of physics related to astronomy. It is intended as an upper division general education course in astronomy. The purpose of this course is to give a broad experiential understanding of the process of analyzing data from telescopes, integrating real astronomical data with astronomical concepts such as the expansion of the universe and supernova explosion. Additional lab fee. Co-requisite: PHY 301. (1 unit)

Pre-Medical Chemistry (16 units)

BIO146 General Biology I with Lab
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Topics covered include cell structure and function, genetics, reproduction and development of animal systems. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

BIO146-B
Koo, Bonjun
05/08/2017 M 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B258
BIO146-J
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 Th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-K
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-H
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-A
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-F
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 W 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-I
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-G
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-C
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-E
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 W 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-B
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
BIO146-D
Koo, Bonjun
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112

BIO148 General Biology II with Lab
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Includes organismal biology of animals and plants, their behavior, ecology, evolution and adaptations. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Spring)

BIO148-A
Shin, Alexandra Nicole
07/03/2017 M 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B258
BIO148-B
Shin, Alexandra Nicole
09/05/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B112
BIO148-A
Shin, Alexandra Nicole
09/05/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B112

Eight additional (8) units of upper-division Biology or Chemistry coursework