Chemistry

Taking the following courses will prepare you to major in chemistry at any UC campus.

Expected coursework

  • General chemistry (full sequence with lab)
  • Organic chemistry (full sequence with lab)
  • Calculus-based physics (full sequence with lab)
  • Single variable calculus (full sequence)
  • Multivariable calculus (one semester course)
  • Differential equations (one course)
  • Post-Transfer: Linear algebra (one course)
    Note for Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Barbara: Linear algebra is recommended pre-transfer, but transfer students will not be negatively affected in competitiveness for admission if completed post-transfer as needed.

Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework. In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

Associate Degree for Transfer

If you are working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in chemistry at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. The differences between what UC expects and what CSU requires for chemistry transfer students is that UC expects multivariable calculus and differential equations while CSU doesn't.

Applicable majors

  • Chemical biology, B.S. at Berkeley
  • Chemistry, B.S. at Berkeley
  • Chemistry, B.S. at Davis
  • Chemistry, B.S. at Irvine
  • Chemistry, B.S. at Los Angeles
  • Chemistry, B.S. at Merced
  • Chemistry, B.S. at Riverside
  • Chemistry, B.S. at San Diego
  • Chemistry, B.S. at Santa Barbara
  • Chemistry, B.S. at Santa Cruz

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.

Transfer Pathways

Chemistry is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Tools to help you prepare

  • Use ASSIST to ensure that your courses are accepted by each campus as part of major preparation.
  • Use the Transfer Admission Planner to track and plan your coursework.