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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Students are required to complete 120 units to meet the requirements for the B.S. in Biochemistry. Courses that are required for the major must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a grade of C- or better.


See the Undergraduate Programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry  for general information for all chemistry students.


Lower Division Requirements Units
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry 5
CHEM 215/216 General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts/ Laboratory (3/2) 5
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
MATH 227 Calculus II 4
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I 5
One of the following sets: 8

PHYS 111/112


PHYS 121/122

General Physics I/Laboratory(3/1)


General Physics II/Laboratory (3/1)


PHYS 220/222


PHYS 240/242

General Physics with Calculus I/Laboratory (3/1)


General Physics with Calculus III/Laboratory (3/1)

Lower Division Units 31
Upper Division Requirements
CHEM 300 General Physical Chemistry I 1 3
CHEM 301 General Physical Chemistry II 1 3
CHEM 320 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4
CHEM 333 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2
CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 340 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 341 Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 343 Biochemistry I Laboratory 3
Students must complete at least 13 units of upper division chemistry and biology electives selected from the lists below. At least 4 units must have a CHEM prefix and at least 4 units (CHEM or BIO) must be laboratory units [that part of a course's units that count as laboratory units appear in brackets]. Note that all the biology electives have a BIO 240 prerequisite with the exception of BIO 350, 355, and 612 (meaning students can take these three courses without completing the BIO 240 prerequisite, contact an adviser for more details). Students should consult an adviser regarding selection of elective courses and check course co- and pre-requisites before enrolling. Graduate level courses in chemistry or appropriate courses in biology, physics, geosciences, and computer science may be substituted upon prior approval of advisor.
Upper Division Electives in Chemistry
CHEM 336 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory [2]  
CHEM 338 Organic Chemistry II: Special Projects Laboratory [2]
CHEM 370 Computer Applications in Chemistry and Biochemistry [1]
CHEM 420 Environmental Analysis [1]
CHEM 422 Instrumental Analysis (4) [2]
CHEM 425 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 426 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2) [1]
CHEM 433 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 443 Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory (4) [2]
CHEM 451 Experimental Physical Chemistry (2)[1]
CHEM 470 Research [2]
CHEM 640 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (1-3)
CHEM 641 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (1-3)
Upper Division Electives in Biology
BIOL 350 Cell Biology  
BIOL 351 Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology (4) [2]
BIOL 355 Genetics
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 358 Experiments in Molecular Biology (4) [2]
BIOL 361 Human Genetics
BIOL 382 Developmental Biology
BIOL 401 General Microbiology
BIOL 402 General Microbiology Laboratory (2) [2]
BIOL 435 Immunology
BIOL 436 Immunology Laboratory (2) [2]
BIOL 524 Plant Molecular Biology
BIOL 525 Plant Physiology
BIOL 526 Plant Physiology Laboratory (2) [2]
BIOL 612 Human Physiology
BIOL 613 Human Physiology Laboratory (2) [2]
BIOL 640 Cellular Neurosciences
Upper Division Units 40
Total Units for Major 71

Note: From the 2008-09 SFSU Bulletin.

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