BIOCHEMISTRY/CHEMISTRY (CH31) FALL 2017 

Requirements for the BIOCHEMISTRY/CHEMISTRY B.S. Degree

The Biochemistry/Chemistry major deals with the chemical processes in living organisms, including structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids.  It is suitable for those planning to go to graduate school as well as medical, dental, veterinary, and other professional schools.  It is also suitable at the bachelor’s level for jobs in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical field.  Note the requirement for six courses in biochemistry, including two advanced electives. If you do not wish to take so much biochemistry, you should major in Chemistry and use electives to take the desired number of biochemistry courses.  Click here to read more about the Learning Objectives for the Biochemistry/Chemistry major.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS THAT MATRICULATED FALL 2017 AND AFTER.

CLICK HERE FOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS THAT MATRICULATED PRIOR TO 2017  

The following courses must be taken for a letter grade:

Lower-Division Requirements

  1. General Chemistry (CHEM 6A, 6B & 6C or 6AH, 6BH & 6CH)
  2. General Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 7L or CHEM 7LM)
  3. Physics (PHYS 2A, 2B & 2C or 2D)
  4. Physics Laboratory (PHYS 2CL Recommended. It is a prerequisite for CHEM 105A.  PHYS 2BL or 2DL Acceptable)
  5. Calculus (MATH 20A, 20B, 20C & 20D)
  6. Organic Chemistry (CHEM 40A, 40B & 40C or 40AH, 40BH & 40CH)
  7. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 43A or 43AM)

 Upper-Division Requirements

  1. Physical Chemistry (CHEM 126 & 127 Recommended, CHEM 130-132 Acceptable)
  2. Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 120A)
  3. Biochemistry (CHEM 114A, 114B, & 114C)
  4. Required Laboratory Courses:
    • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 100A)
    • Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (CHEM 143B)
    • Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 105A) and  
    • Protein Biochemistry Laboratory (CHEM 108) or Recombinant DNA Laboratory (CHEM 109)
  5. Laboratory Elective (Select 1 of the following courses):  
    • Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 100B)
    • Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 105B)
    • Protein Biochemistry Laboratory or Recombinant DNA Laboratory (CHEM 108 or CHEM 109)
    • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 123)
    • Organic Chemistry Laboratory III (CHEM 143C)
    • Molecular Design and Synthesis (CHEM 143D)
    • Reading and Research (CHEM 199): 8 units with of research with the same instructor may be petitioned to fulfill one elective lab.
  6. Biochemistry Electives (Select 2 of the following courses):
    • Physical Chemistry of Biological Macromolecules (CHEM 113)
    • Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (CHEM 114D)
    • Chemistry of Enzyme Catalyzed Reactions (CHEM 116)
    • Pharmacology and Toxicology (CHEM 118)
    • Bioinorganic Chemistry (CHEM 125)
    • Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry (CHEM 157)
    • Structural Biology of Viruses (CHEM 164)
    • 3D Electron Microscopy of Macromolecules (CHEM 165)
    • Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM 167)
    • Drug Synthesis and Design (CHEM 168)
    • Signal Transduction (CHEM 221- enrollment with instructor consent)
    • Applied Bioinformatics (CHEM 280- enrollment with instructor consent)
  7. 1 Additional Elective: This elective is defined as a four-unit (minimum) upper division or graduate course offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry OR a course from the following list of courses offered by the Division of Biological Sciences: BICD 100, BICD 110, BICD 140, BIMM 114, BIMM 120, BIPN 100, BIPN 102, BIPN 140.  Chem 199 may be petitioned to fulfill this elective. (Some biology courses will require additional course work to fulfill any prerequisites).


Suggested Program for Biochemistry/Chemistry B.S. Major

  • Talk to your college for planning general education courses.
  • Many courses have enforced prerequisites or are offered once per year. 
  • The quarter in which a course is offered is subject to change based on space and instructor availability.  Please check the department website (http://chemistry.ucsd.edu/graduate-program/courses13-14.html) each academic year to see a projection of classes offered by quarter.
  • Best time to study abroad is Fall quarter of Sophomore or Junior Year. Education Abroad Program deadlines for upcoming year vary by country. See EAP website. See the Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Advisor for assistance in planning to study abroad.

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

FRESHMAN YEAR
CHEM 6A CHEM 6B CHEM 6C
MATH 20A MATH 20B CHEM 7L
BILD 1** MATH 20C
SOPHOMORE YEAR
CHEM 100A CHEM 40B CHEM 143B
CHEM 40A CHEM 43A CHEM 40C
MATH 20D PHYS 2B PHYS 2C/2D
PHYS 2A
JUNIOR YEAR
CHEM 114A CHEM 127 CHEM 105A
CHEM 126 CHEM 114B CHEM 114C
PHYS 2CL
SENIOR YEAR
CHEM 120A CHEM 109* Elective Lab
Elective Elective Elective 

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