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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (120 units)

Degree Progress

Chemistry and Biochemistry majors must complete the following requirements within the specified time of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. Students who have not met the requirements by the required semester must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete. Students required to enroll in pre-baccalaureate math may receive one additional semester to meet the requirements.

Freshmen: A grade "C" or better must be achieved in both MATH 122 and CHEM 111A within one calendar year. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in CHEM 111B and CHEM 220A within two calendar years.

Transfer Students: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in both CHEM 220A and PHYS 151 within 1 calendar year.

In addition, all Chemistry and Biochemistry majors must maintain major and upper-division major GPAs of 2.0 or higher. A student whose GPA in the major or upper division GPA in the major falls below 2.0 will be advised that they are at risk of being dismissed from the major and granted one semester to raise their major GPA(s) to 2.0. Students who do not successfully raise their major GPA(s) must meet with an advisor to declare another major or submit an appeal to the Department or Chemistry and Biochemistry explaining why they need one additional semester. Students whose major GPAs remain below 2.0 after this additional semester must declare a new major.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take either:

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. 
    Corequisite:  MATH 109 or higher.
  • and
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.

or

  • CHEM 112A Advanced General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: Department consent.
  • and
  • CHEM 112B Advanced General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 112A with a grade of "C" or better

Take all of the following courses:

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, CHEM 111A with grades of "C" or better. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111B.

NOTE: BIOL 111, BIOL 111L, BIOL 212, BIOL 212L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.

  • CHEM 220A Organic Chemistry I (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisites: CHEM 224 is required for students repeating course. CHEM 223A must be taken concurrently if required by a degree plan.
  • CHEM 220B Organic Chemistry II (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 220A with a grade of C or better
    Corequisite: CHEM 223B or CHEM 320L except for students who previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 223B or CHEM 320L
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 320L Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemistry & Biochemistry Majors (2) F, S
    Prerequisite: CHEM 220A.
    Corequisite: CHEM 220B, except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 320B.
  • CHEM 361 Chemical Communications (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 220A.
  • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: Either CHEM 320L or both CHEM 220B and CHEM 223B with a grade of "C" or better; a biology or microbiology course is recommended.
  • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 441A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 443 Biological Chemistry Laboratory (4)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, CHEM 441A; and either CHEM 361 or CHEM 466; all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 461 Chemistry Capstone (1)
    Prerequisite: Department consent.

Select one of the following:

  • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: 111B, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
  • CHEM 377A Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, MATH 123, and PHYS 100B or PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).

(CHEM 371A,B is recommended as preparation for graduate studies in biochemistry)

Select one of the following:

  • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
  • CHEM 377B Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, MATH 122, and PHYS 100B or PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
    Prerequisites/Corequisite: MATH 123.

Select one course from the following:

  • CHEM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 220B or CHEM 320L and either CHEM 361 or CHEM 466. (all with a grade of C or better).
  • CHEM 451 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (5)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 152, CHEM 361; CHEM 371B or CHEM 377B; all with a grade of "C" or better.

Take seven additional units of elective including at least 3 units chosen from:

  • BIOL 445, BIOL 448, BIOL 473 and BIOL 342 plus BIOL 342L; CHEM 331, CHEM 373, CHEM 420, CHEM 421, CHEM 431, CHEM 451, CHEM 480; MICR 416, MICR 473.

To meet prerequisite standards for courses in this program's requirements, a "C" or better is necessary in the following: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, CHEM 111A, CHEM 111B, CHEM 112A, CHEM 220A, CHEM 220B, CHEM 320L, CHEM 361, CHEM 441A, CHEM 371B, CHEM 377B, MATH 122, MATH 123, PHYS 151, PHYS 152.


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