Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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undergraduate impaction policies

Chemistry Department:  Policies on Impaction



Selection Criteria for Acceptance as a Major

The department remains committed to maintaining a diverse population of students in our programs.  For this reason, a combination of criteria are considered as part of the decision-making process including: family educational history, financial need, GPA, and progress in recommended lower division science and mathematics courses.  Each of these factors has weight in the acceptance decision, and we encourage all students interested in the major to apply whether or not they have completed all of the recommended courses.  Typically, students will apply for the major in the Fall semester of their sophomore year (31 – 60 units completed), and be accepted as a major for the Fall semester of their junior year.

 

BA Chemistry or

BS Biochemistry Majors

BS Chemistry Majors

Transfer students:  minimum CSU admissions requirements

Currently enrolled SFSU students:  good academic standing
Transfer students:  minimum CSU admissions requirements

Currently enrolled SFSU students:  good academic standing

Overall GPA, SFSU GPA and GPA in recommended courses Overall GPA, SFSU GPA and GPA in recommended courses
Family educational history, financial need
Family educational history, financial need
Progress in the following recommended courses: Progress in the following recommended courses:
Full year of General Chemistry with Lab Full year of General Chemistry with Lab
Organic Chemistry I with Lab Organic Chemistry I with Lab
General College Physics I with Lab Physics with Calculus I with Lab
Pre-calculus or Calculus I Full year of Calculus
Additional courses recommended: Additional courses recommended:
Organic Chemistry II with Lab Organic Chemistry II with Lab
General College Physics II with Lab Physics with Calculus II with Lab
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Freshman Applicants to SFSU


Undergraduate students admitted to SFSU as freshmen will be accepted as “undeclared with an interest in chemistry” or “undeclared with an interest in biochemistry.”  Students will be required to meet with an advisor in the Department during their first semester at SFSU to obtain information about the majors and about the requirements to declare the major as upper division students.

Which “undeclared with an interest in” to choose?

Students who are interested in pursuing a BS Chemistry degree should select “undeclared with an interest in chemistry,” while those interested in pursuing a BS Biochemistry or a BA Chemistry degree should select “undeclared with an interest in biochemistry.”  The BS Chemistry degree requires a year of physics with calculus, while the BS Biochemistry and BA Chemistry degrees require a year of general college physics (although physics with calculus will be accepted for any of the degrees).   The BS Chemistry and BS Biochemistry degrees are designed for those who are interested in a career as a chemist or a biochemist and provide preparation for graduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry or for jobs in the chemical or biochemical industry.  The BA chemistry is designed for those who need a solid background in chemistry for a degree in a closely related field, such as pharmacy or dental school, science education or technical writing.  However, students who earn any of these degrees are eligible for admission to graduate programs, jobs in the biotech industry or medical, dental, pharmacy school.
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Transfer Applicants to SFSU

Transfer applicants to SFSU must:

Apply for admission to SFSU through the CSU mentor website.  Please go to http://www.sfsu.edu/future/apply/transfer.html for all information about applying to SFSU.  

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Transfer students will be notified of the admission decision to SFSU as a Chemistry or Biochemistry major in April.
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Currently Enrolled Students

Currently enrolled students who wish to declare a chemistry or biochemistry major are subject to impaction.  To apply to change your major, do the following:

1.   Complete the change of major form.  Attach your unofficial transcript and DARS form and a list of the classes you are currently taking.

2.  Drop off the packet at the Department Office, TH-806.

The deadline for all change of majors is November 30.  Currently enrolled and transfer students will be considered as part of the same applicant pool.  Decisions about changes of major will be made in April and will be in effect the following Fall.
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