Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry
Completion of a minimum of 17 units of Chemistry and supporting courses to include:

  1. Eight units of chemistry:
    CHEM 110 (Fundamental Chemistry I)
    CHEM 230 (Chemical Analysis and Equilibrium)
    CHEM 250 & 251 (Organic Chemistry I & II)
    CHEM 340 (Physical Chemistry I)
    CHEM 460 (Physical Biochemistry)
    CHEM 461 (Metabolic Biochemistry)
    One of CHEM 330 (Instrumental Analysis), CHEM 341 (Physical Chemistry II), or CHEM 420 (Inorganic Chemistry)
  2. Three units of biology:
    BIOL 111 (Unity of Life: Cells)
    BIOL 212 (Cell Biology)
    BIOL 311 (Genetics)
  3. Three units of mathematics:
    MATH 180 & 181 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry I & II)
    MATH 280 (Multivariate Calculus)
  4. Two units of physics:
    PHYS 121 & 122 (General University Physics)
  5. One unit of a 300- or 400-level chemistry or biology elective
    Note: BIOL 361 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

For more detailed information, please see Chemistry Requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Completion of a minimum of 16 units of Biology and supporting courses to include:

  1. Four units in biology:
    BIOL 111 (Unity of Life: Cells)
    BIOL 212 (Cell Biology)
    BIOL 311 (Genetics)
    BIOL 404 (Molecular Biology)
  2. Six units in chemistry:
    CHEM 110 (Fundamental Chemistry I)
    CHEM 230 (Chemical Analysis and Equilibrium)
    CHEM 250 & 251 (Organic Chemistry I & II)
    CHEM 460 (Physical Biochemistry)
    CHEM 461 (Metabolic Biochemistry)
  3. Two units of mathematics:
    MATH 180 & 181 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry I & II)
  4. Two units of physics:
    PHYS 111 & 112 (General College Physics) or 121 & 122 (General University Physics)
  5. Two additional units in biology, one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level, and which can include one unit of research credit (BIOL 390, 490, or 491). Students with an interest in evolutionary, environmental, or ecological applications of molecular biology should strongly consider BIOL 112 (Diversity of Life) and 360 (Evolution) as their electives. Students may not use BIOL 361 to satisfy this requirement.

For more detailed information, please see Biology Requirements.

Note: The biology department offers Biochemical Pathways and Processes (BIOL 361), a one-semester biochemistry course. This will not count toward the Biochemistry or Molecular and Cellular Biology degrees, but is available to all other students who are interested in biochemistry and have the proper prerequisites.