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PHARMACOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY (CH35)
EFFECTIVE FALL 2017

Requirements for the PHARMACOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY B.S. Degree

The Pharmacological Chemistry major provides a strong background in chemistry and includes most courses required by California pharmacy schools. The major is intended primarily to prepare students for pharmacy school (Pharm.D.). Students fulfilling their elective requirements with appropriate courses would be prepared for graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in pharmacology, biochemistry or other areas of science. Degree recipients would also be prepared for most jobs in the biotechnology and chemical industries.

Pharmacological chemistry students are strongly encouraged to complete a full year of general chemistry and a full year of lower-division biology. As with some medical programs, some pharmacy programs may require a full year of these courses and may not accept tests such as the Advanced Placement exam to satisfy these requirements. Click here to read more about the Learning Objectives for the Pharmacological Chemistry major.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO 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 7LM)
  3. Physics  (PHYS 2A, 2B & 2C or 2D)
  4. Physics Laboratory (PHYS 2BL, 2CL or 2DL)
  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)
  8. Biology (BILD 1 & 2)

Upper-Division Requirements

    1. Physical Chemistry (CHEM 126A & 126B recommended; CHEM 130, 131 & 132 acceptable)
    2. Biochemistry (CHEM 114A, 114B, & 114C)   
    3. Pharmacology and Toxicology (CHEM 118)
    4. Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM 167)
    5. Drug Synthesis and Design (CHEM 168)
    6. Required Laboratory Courses:  
      • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 100A)
      • Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 143B)
      • Choose One:  Protein Biochemistry Lab (CHEM 108), Recombinant DNA Laboratory (CHEM 109), or Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 143C)
    7. Elective: This elective is defined as a four-unit (minimum) upper division course offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and taken for a letter grade.  4 units of a non-letter graded courses such as CHEM CHEM 199, may be petitioned to fulfill this electiveSee details here.

For ACS Certification

Replace the elective listed above (#7) with the following 3 courses:

  1. Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 120A)
  2. Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 105A)
  3. Select 1 of the following labs:
    • Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 100B)
    • Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 105B)
    • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 123)
    • Molecular Design and Synthesis (CHEM 143D)
    • Protein Biochemistry Lab (CHEM 108), Recombinant DNA Laboratory (CHEM 109), or Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 143C) (if not already taken as the Biochemistry Laboratory)

Additional Requirements:

  • All courses for the major, lower-division and upper-division, must be taken for a letter grade.
    • This excludes Special Studies courses, like CHEM 199, which only allow P/NP grading option
  • To receive a Bachelor of Science from UC San Diego, all students must complete 48 or more units of upper-division course work within the major.
  • A minimum 2.0 major GPA is required for graduation.
  • No more than one (1) "D" grade is allowed in upper-division coursework
  • All Chemistry/Biochemistry majors are required to complete at least six (6) upper-division courses within the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

It is the students' responsibility to read and understand all policies listed here.

Suggested Program for Pharmacological Chemistry B.S. Major who began at UCSD Fall 2017

IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • Courses listed above and on the long-term plan below only include major requirements. Speak with your college advisor for planning completion of general education and university requirements.
  • The plan below does not include classes required for ACS certification. To receive ACS certification, you must follow the instructions above under the "For ACS Certification" section.
  • Most California pharmacy schools require additional coursework that is not part of the Pharmacological Chemistry B.S. for admission to pharmacy school. Students planning to apply to pharmacy school should review the common pharmacy school prerequisite coursework listed on the Career Center's website and meet with a pre-pharm advisor for advice on how to fit these courses into their 4 year plan (if applicable).
  • The best time to study abroad is generally fall quarter of Sophomore or Junior year. Education Abroad Program deadlines for upcoming year vary by country. See EAP webiste. See the Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Advisor for assistance in planning to study abroad.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the 48 upper-division unit requirement for your major. Check your degree audit to ensure you will meet this requirement. Transfer students should be especially careful with checking for completion of this requirement.
  • Many courses have enforced prerequisites or are offered once per year. It is your responsibility to know which prerequisites are needed for each course. https://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/courses/CHEM.html

The quarter in which a course is offered is subject to change based on space and instructor availability.  Please check the department website course offerings each academic year to see a projection of classes offered by quarter. Many courses have enforced prerequisites or are offered once per year. It is your responsibility to know which pre-requisites are needed for each course. https://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/courses/CHEM.html

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

FRESHMAN YEAR
CHEM 6A CHEM 6B CHEM 6C
MATH 20A MATH 20B MATH 20C
CHEM 7LM or 7L
SOPHOMORE YEAR
CHEM 40A CHEM 40B CHEM 40C
MATH 20D CHEM 43AM or 43A PHYS 2C or 2D
PHYS 2A PHYS 2B PHYS 2BL, 2CL or 2DL
JUNIOR YEAR
CHEM 114A CHEM 114B CHEM 114C
CHEM 100A CHEM 143B CHEM 167*
BILD 1 BILD 2
SENIOR YEAR
CHEM 126A CHEM 126B CHEM 118*
CHEM 108 or 109 or 143C** CHEM 168* Chemistry Elective

*CHEM 118, 167, and 168 may not be offered in the quarter listed. They are each generally offered once per year, in either Winter or Spring Quarter. Please check course offering page or ask a CHEM advisor for the most up-to-date information. 

**CHEM 108 and 109 are 6 units each. CHEM 143C has changed to a 4 unit course (effective S119).

Pharmacological Chemistry Major 4-Year Plan (Printer Friendly PDF)