(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. 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 general B.S. degree program, which is accredited by the American Chemical Society, is well-suited for students interested in chemistry as a profession. The other B.S. programs focus on a specific area of applied chemistry: Environmental Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry. These programs are a little less intensive in chemistry and draw on significant course material from areas relevant to their particular field, but fall outside of a classical chemistry degree.
Career Alternatives. Chemistry graduates with bachelor's degrees are employed extensively throughout various industries in quality control, research and development, production supervision, technical marketing, and other areas. The types of industries employing these graduates include chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, genetic engineering, biotechnology, food and beverage, petroleum and petrochemical, paper and textile, electronics and computer, and environmental and regulatory agencies. The bachelor's programs also provide chemistry graduates with the rigorous preparation needed for an advanced degree in chemistry and various professional schools in the health sciences.
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. Detailed information regarding graduate study may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Advisor, Department of Chemistry. See also Graduate Studies.