Biochemistry BA

The BA degree with a concentration in Biochemistry provides specific coursework in biochemistry, a field that requires a balance of knowledge in chemistry and biology. Today, many careers make intensive application of Biochemistry: Pharmaceutical/ Medicinal Chemistry, Medicine, Microbiology, Physiology, Genetics, Basic Research, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Management, Biomedical Instrumentation, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biotechnology, Diagnostics, Clinical Chemistry, Pharmacy.

Requirements - Bachelor of Arts Degree - Biochemistry

Units required for Major: 64 -77
Minimum total units required for the BA: 120
A minimum grade of ''C-'' is required in all courses applied to the Chemistry major. Grades below "C-" in prerequisite courses do not satisfy prerequisite requirements.

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

A. Core Requirements (39-43 units)

(5)

CHEM 1A*

General Chemistry I (High school chemistry and college algebra; sufficient performance on the college algebra diagnostic test, or equivalent, or minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 4)

(5)

CHEM 1B

General Chemistry II (CHEM 1A with a passing grade of "C" or better)

(3)

CHEM 24

Organic Chemistry Lecture I (CHEM 1B)

(3)

CHEM 25

Organic Chemistry Lab (CHEM 24CHEM 124CHEM 124 may be taken concurrently)

(4)

CHEM 31

Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 1B)

(3)

CHEM 124

Organic Chemistry Lecture II (CHEM 24, or instructor permission; concurrent enrollment in CHEM 25recommended)

(4)

MATH 30

Calculus I (MATH 29 or four years of high school mathematics which includes two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and one year of mathematical analysis; completion of ELM requirement and Pre-Calculus diagnostic test)

(4)

MATH 31

Calculus II (MATH 30 or appropriate high school based AP credit)

(8-12)

PHYS 5A

General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound (Recently completed three years of high school algebra and geometry; and a college course in algebra and trigonometry; MATH 9 recommended for those having an inadequate mathematics background AND

PHYS 5B

General Physics: Light, Electricity, and Magnetism, Modern Physics (PHYS 5A or instructor permission) OR

PHYS 11A

General Physics: Mechanics (MATH 30MATH 31 or equivalent certificated high school courses;MATH 31 may be taken concurrently) AND

PHYS 11B

General Physics: Heat, Light, Sound (PHYS 11CAND

PHYS 11C

General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics (MATH 31PHYS 11A)

*Passing a placement exam or obtaining a passing grade of "C" or better in CHEM 4 is required to enroll in CHEM 1A.

B. Biochemistry Concentration (32-34 units)

(5)

BIO 1

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology

(5)

BIO 2

Cells, Molecules and Genes (BIO 1CHEM 1A)

(4-6)

CHEM 140A

Physical Chemistry Lecture I (CHEM 1BCHEM 24CHEM 31MATH 32PHYS 5APHYS 5B orPHYS 11APHYS 11BPHYS 11CPHYS 11C may be taken concurrently) AND

CHEM 140B

Physical Chemistry Lecture II (CHEM 140AOR

 

CHEM 142

Introduction to Physical Chemistry (CHEM 1BCHEM 24PHYS 5APHYS 5BMATH 31)

(3)

CHEM 160A

Structure and Function of Biological Molecules (CHEM 124MATH 26A or MATH 30 is recommended)

(3)

CHEM 160B

Metabolism and Regulation of Biological Systems (CHEM 160A or equivalent; one year of organic chemistry)

(3)

CHEM 162

General Biochemistry Laboratory (CHEM 31CHEM 160A or CHEM 161 either may be taken concurrently, ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course)

(3)

CHEM 164

Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory (CHEM 162 or equivalent, ENGL 20 or an equivalent second semester composition course)

(6) Electives in Biological Sciences (must be from the following courses): BIO 121BIO 131BIO 139BIO 180 and BIO 184.

Note: Students may also complete a BA with a concentration in Biochemistry by taking the general BA curriculum and completing the following additional courses: BIO 1BIO 2CHEM 160ACHEM 160BCHEM 162CHEM 164, and 6 units of upper division Biology courses from the approved list.