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Undergraduate Program

The UC Merced chemistry undergraduate program is based on a core-plus-emphasis structure that enables students to specialize in particular subfields while each completing a set of core courses designed to meet the requirements for American Chemical Society accreditation. We offer a basic chemistry program and two emphasis tracks: biological chemistry and materials chemistry. These tracks allow our students to pursue interdisciplinary areas within a degree program that is still focused on chemistry.

The list of required courses, as well as suggested pathways through the major, are found here.

Information about the major, classes and tracks can be found here.

A degree in the chemical sciences opens the door to a wide variety of careers in industry or government service; forensic chemistry in crime laboratories; commercial fields such as patent law and scientific writing; and teaching.  Many chemistry majors go on to graduate study to prepare for careers in teaching and/or research at colleges our universities, or  research positions in the chemical, pharmaceutical, electronics or other high-tech industries. A major in chemistry is also an excellent foundation for medical school or other careers in the health sciences.

Our rigorous undergraduate classes can be challenging, but we want you to succeed! Undergraduates can receive tutoring through UC Merced's STEM resource center or the Chem Center. Peer tutoring through the PALS program is also available for general and organic chemistry.

Our faculty members participate in a number of other educational programs at the local, regional and state levels, including:

UC LEADS, a two-year program of scientific research and graduate school preparation guided by individual faculty mentors

Dinner with a scientist, an annual event organized by Mariposa American Association of University Women that invites Mariposa 9-12 grade female students to enjoy an evening of dining and Q & A table talks with professional women who chose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

ACS SEED, a program for local high school students to spend the summer conducting research in laboratories while being mentored by scientists.