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Biochemistry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Chico, CA, United States
Behind the scenes in almost any area-medicine, transportation, agriculture, the environment, computing, entertainment, law, psychology, and the arts-is an army of chemists and chemical technicians who help prepare materials, analyze evidence, create new substances. The Biochemistry program is offered at California State University Chico.
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Overview

The bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Chico includes a broad selection of courses in the sciences and in mathematics that provides an excellent background for careers in a wide range of fields in science or teaching, or as preparation for professional schools, especially medicine (including dentistry and pharmacy).

Upon completion of the series of courses prescribed by American Chemical Society guidelines, students may be certified as professional chemists and awarded the American Chemical Society Certificate in Chemistry.

Faculty and Facilities

The Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society has approved the chemistry faculty, facilities, and curriculum. This is a clear statement of the quality of our program and our graduates to anyone in the field.

The permanent faculty have Ph.D.'s in chemistry, representing the major areas of the science. The small size of most major courses assures students of friendly, close contact with the faculty, allowing for hands-on learning of techniques and instrumentation. Short-term research projects with faculty are accessible to all chemistry students. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is housed in the Physical Science Building and includes nine laboratories and a number of specialized instrument and project rooms.

Career Outlook

A bachelor's degree in chemistry is the minimum requirement for starting a career as a chemist. Graduate training is necessary for most research and college teaching positions. Nearly two-fifths of all chemists are involved in research and development-extending scientific knowledge and creating new products. Nearly one-fifth work in production and inspection activities. Others work as analysts in forensics or environmental laboratories, professors in colleges and universities, as consultants in industry and government agencies, and marketing or sales representatives.

Growth in demand for industrial products (plastics, man-made fibers, pharmaceuticals, and fertilizers), the recognition of the need for pollution control, and improved health care programs will increase opportunities for chemists. In addition, new and more efficient fuels or fuel cells must be developed to stem energy shortages. Larger enrollments in chemistry education in the future will increase the need for chemists to teach at universities and community colleges. In addition, there is a nationwide shortage of high school chemistry teachers. The California Council on Science and Technology estimates that for every one hundred high school chemistry job openings, there are only sixty qualified applicants. Our department is one of the only eight in the entire CSU system to have a degree program for future chemistry teachers approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Plus, our campus has financial incentives for future science teachers that can pay for most of your college expenses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus
  • General Physics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

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    6

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    500

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  • Minimum required score:

    47

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General Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  • Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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