(College of Letters and 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. We offer several degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.). To meet and discuss these programs with our staff advisors, see https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/academic-advising.
The B.S. degree in Chemical Physics provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry, focusing on areas at the interface of chemistry and physics. These include, for example, the experimental measurement and theoretical calculation of the detailed properties and behavior of atoms and molecules. An important experimental tool in chemical physics is spectroscopy, which uses conventional or laser light to probe the atomic and molecular properties of matter.
Career Alternatives. Graduates in Chemical Physics will be prepared for employment in technology, energy, laser science, material science, solid-state chemistry and other fields requiring a strong background in both chemistry and physics. They will also be well-suited for graduate study in a range of areas including chemistry, chemical physics, computational chemistry, material science, nanomaterials and laser science.
Major Advisor. To contact a major advisor in the Department of Chemistry, see https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/academic-advising.
Honors and 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.
Chemistry Placement Requirement. Students who enroll in Chemistry 002A, 002AH or Workload Chemistry 041C must satisfy the Chemistry Placement Requirement. Students who do not meet the placement requirements will be administratively dropped from these Chemistry courses. For more information about the placement requirements, see https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/general-chemistry-series/chemistry-placement-requirements.
The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) provides review materials, workshops, drop-in and group tutoring, and additional resources.
Chemistry Graduate Students Tutors are also listed on the Department of Chemistry website at https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/tutors-chemistry.
Courses in CHE: