High school preparation for the Chemistry and Biochemistry degree programs should include two years of algebra, one year of geometry, one semester of trigonometry, one year of chemistry, and one year of physics. Calculus is highly recommended.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Chemistry

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

Degree Overview

All undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are required to meet with a major advisor several times over their academic career. First-time freshmen and new transfer students are required to meet with an advisor or attend a group advising session during the first semester of attendance. Continuing students enrolled in the following courses will be required to meet with an advisor that semester to avoid having a hold placed on their registration for the next semester.

Course List
Code Title Units
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry 5
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 300 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences I 3
CHEM 321 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 3
CHEM 351 Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

The department has 19 tenured/tenure-track faculty who are dedicated to engaging our students in both the teaching and research environment.

epartment faculty are active in a variety of research areas including biochemistry and biophysical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry and drug discovery, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, molecular modeling and computational chemistry.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.