(College of Letters & Science)
Department Administration. For a complete list of department administration, see https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/people.
Department Office. 108 Chemistry Building; 530-752-8900; Fax 530-752-8995; https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/
The Major Programs
Chemistry studies the composition of matter, its structure, and the means by which it is converted from one form to another.
The Program. The Department of Chemistry offers two Bachelor of Science degree emphases under the heading of Applied Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry. The B.S. emphasis in Applied Chemistry fall outside of the classical chemistry degree and instead draw on significant course material from areas relevant to their particular fields. The Environmental Chemistry program provides students with tools to understand the processes governing chemical transformations in soil, air, and water, analyze for key substances in the environment, and make meaningful predictions about the fates of these chemicals. The Forensic Chemistry program involves the identification and quantitation of scientific evidence both in the natural environment and in urban settings, including substances sometimes available in only trace amounts.
Career Alternatives. Environmental chemistry graduates with the bachelor's degree will be able to pursue advanced degrees in areas such as atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry, toxicology, and environmental science. They will also have access to a range of scientific careers including regulatory agencies, environmental consulting firms, and industries concerned with the environmental impacts and fates of their products. Graduates of the Forensic B.S. program will be able to pursue careers in private forensic labs as well as law enforcement and regulatory agencies at many levels, including police and sheriff’s departments, district attorney crime labs, and laboratories of federal agencies including the FBI, DEA, FDA, and many others.
Major Advisor. To contact a major advisor in the Department of Chemistry, see https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/academic-advising.
Honors & Honors Program. The student must take courses 194HA, 194HB, and 194HC.
Graduate Study. The Department of Chemistry offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. Detailed information regarding graduate study may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Advisor, Department of Chemistry. See also Graduate Studies.