Chemistry Majors

Minimum Requirements

To be considered for admission to UCSC as any of the chemistry majors, transfer students must pass equivalents of the following courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher:

  • CHEM 1A, General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1B, General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1C, General Chemistry
  • MATH 11A, Calculus with Applications
  • MATH 11A and 11B, Calculus with Application, or MATH 19A and 19B, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • MATH 22, Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

Recomended Preparatory Courses

In addition to the required transfer admissions courses, we strongly recommend that all transfer students complete equivalents of the following preparatory courses prior to transfer:

  • CHEM 8A/L, Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • CHEM 8B/M, Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • PHYS 6A/L, Introductory Physics I with Lab
  • PHYS 6B/ML, Introductory Physics II with Lab
  • PHYS 6C/N, Introductory Physics III with Lab
  • MATH 21, Linear Algebra, or MATH 24, Differential Equations

Failure to do so will require additional time to degree.  Please refer to the following academic planners that detail student plans without the recommended preparatory courses listed above.

Students planning to transfer to UCSC as a chemistry major from a California community college should reference to determine which courses are equivalent to these required courses.

*Please note:  A full year Organic sequence at some Community Colleges does not articulate directly to the required full year UCSC sequence of CHEM 8A, 8B and CHEM 110.  In some cases, students will be required to take CHEM 110 - Intermediate Organic Chemistry even though they have completed a full year of intro Organic Chemistry at a Community College.  

Transfer Plan


Declaring Your Major

Junior transfer students must declare a major by the deadline in their second quarter. Please check the Academic and Administrative Calendar for deadline information.   Most students are considered “proposed” or “undeclared” majors until they complete the declaration of major petition and gain acceptance into their chosen program.