BS Biochemistry

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Program Learning Objectives 

  1. Understand and apply the fundamental concepts of chemistry in the following areas: calculation and estimation, structure, and properties of atoms, ions and molecules, chemical bonding and chemical reactivity.
  2. Use techniques and modern tools to conduct, design, analyze, and interpret experiments in chemistry and biochemistry.
  3. Communicate effectively with the scientific community.
  4. Apply concepts of math, physical and biological sciences to chemical problems.
  5. Integrate the concepts, skills and attitudes from a general education with his/her major program to understand and explain the impact of chemistry, science and technology on issues in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including: 

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B3 & B4) 14
CHEM 125General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II4
CHEM 126General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering III4
CHEM 203Undergraduate Seminar I1
CHEM 216Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 217Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 218Organic Chemistry III3
CHEM 221Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 303Undergraduate Seminar II1
CHEM 324Organic Chemistry Laboratory III2
CHEM 331Quantitative Analysis 25
CHEM 351Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 352Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 353Physical Chemistry III3
CHEM 354Physical Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 371Biochemical Principles5
CHEM 372Metabolism4
CHEM 373Molecular Biology3
CHEM 403Undergraduate Seminar III: Senior Project1
CHEM/BIO 475Molecular Biology Laboratory3
Select from the following:3
Gene Expression Laboratory
Protein Techniques Laboratory
Select from the following:12/18
Polymers and Coatings Concentration (18 units)
Approved Advanced Biochemistry Electives (12 units) 3
One course must be a lecture, and at least two courses must be from List A.
List A:
Laboratory Glassblowing
Marine Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Physical Chemistry III Lab
Chemistry of Drugs and Poisons
Advanced Undergraduate Research 4
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry - Mechanisms
Bioorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry - Synthesis
Nutritional Biochemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Bioinformatics Applications
Polymers & Coatings I
Polymers & Coatings II
Surface Chemistry of Materials
Polymers and Coatings Laboratory I
Polymers and Coatings Laboratory II
Polymers and Coatings Internship
Polymers and Coatings III
Polymers and Coatings Laboratory III
Functional Polymeric Materials
Instrumental Organic Qualitative Analysis
Honors Research
College Teaching Practicum
Learning Assistant Seminar
Selected Advanced Topics
Protein Techniques Laboratory
Biochemical Pharmacology
Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Cooperative Education Experience 5
Cooperative Education Experience 5
The Learn By Doing Lab Teaching Practicum
List B
Genetic Engineering Technology (B7) 6
Chemical and Biological Warfare
Introduction to Air Pollution
Nuclear Science and Society
Selected Environmental Issues of California's Central Coast
Principles of Genetics
Principles of Animal Physiology
Developmental Biology
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Neuroscience
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Endocrinology
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Cardiorespiratory and Renal
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Muscle and Locomotion
Functional Histology
Cell Biology
General Virology
Medical Microbiology
Microbial Physiology
Statistical Methods for Engineers
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B4) 14
BIO 452Cell Biology4-5
or MCRO 224 General Microbiology I
MATH 141Calculus I (B1) 14
MATH 142Calculus II (B1) 14
MATH 143Calculus III4
PHYS 141General Physics IA4
PHYS 132General Physics II4
PHYS 133General Physics III4
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives9-16
Total units180


Students may select the following concentration instead of advanced approved biochemistry electives in Major Courses

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B7Upper-division elective 24
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area DSociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units56