Biochemistry

Departmental Affiliation: Physical Sciences and Mathematics

The major in biochemistry offers the student an interdisciplinary study of chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics. It provides excellent preparation for all graduate work/research in biochemistry and the molecular sciences, and professional areas leading into the health sciences.

B.S. Degree in Biochemistry

Required Courses

Lower Division:

BIO 1/2

Biological Dynamics

(5,5)

CHE 1AB

General Chemistry

(4,4)

CHE 1AL/1BL

General Chemistry Laboratory

(1,1)

CHE 6AB

Organic Chemistry

(4,4)

CHE 6AL/6BL

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

(1,1)

MTH 5AB

Calculus I/II

(4,4)

PHY 11AB

Mechanics/Electricity, Magnetism and Optics

 

or

PHY 1AB

Introductory Physics IA/IB

(4,3)

PHY 1BL

Physics Laboratory

(1)

Recommended Courses:

MTH 38

Probability and Statistics

(3)

CIS 2

Intro to Computer Programming

(2)

Upper Division:

BIO 130

Genetics

(4)

BIO 135

Techniques in Molecular Biology

(4)

Or BIO 152

Cell and Molecular Physiology

(4)

CHE 107

Biochemistry

(3)

CHE 107L

Biochemistry Laboratory

(1)

CHE 109

Advanced Biochemistry

(3)

CHE 110AB

Physical Chemistry

(4,3)

CHE 111

Physical Chemistry Laboratory

(2)

CHE 120

Instrumental Methods

(3)

or CHE 130

Biochemical Methods

(3)

CHE 199

Research

(3)

Plus one course from the following:

BIO 105, BIO 125, BIO 135, BIO 151, BIO 152, BIO 180. (3)

Total units in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics: 79

Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units. An overall grade point average of 2.0 in major courses is required for the degree. Courses are described in the respective department listings.

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Preparation

Biochemistry Major with a B.S. Degree

Medical Schools accept students from any degree program. A strong background in science, including chemistry, biology and mathematics, is recommended for successful performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and for admission to medical programs. Successful completion of the B.S. degree with a major in biochemistry provides excellent preparation for medical, dental or pharmaceutical studies.