The major in Biochemistry is designed to:

  1. acquaint the student with the five different sub-disciplines of chemistry,
  2. teach students to think critically and apply problem solving skills in Chemistry, and
  3. allow the student to explore the relationship between chemistry and the life sciences.

Chemistry Major Requirements

65 units

Lower Division Chemistry Courses

33 units

CHEM 120**
General Chemistry I
4 units
CHEM 120L
General Chemistry Laboratory I
1 unit
CHEM 121**
General Chemistry II
4 units
CHEM 121L
General Chemistry Laboratory II
1 unit
CHEM 252
Analytical Chemistry Analysis
3 units
CHEM 252L
Analytical Chemistry Techniques
1 unit
PSCI 223/L
Mechanics and Heat and Laboratory
4 units
PSCI 225/L
Electricity, Magnetism and Light and Laboratory
4 units
MATH 180
Calculus I
4 units
MATH 181
Calculus II
4 units
MATH 165C
Scientific Stats
3 units

Upper Division Chemistry Courses

26 units

CHEM 304
Organic Chemistry I
3 units
CHEM 304L
Organic Chemistry Techniques I
1 unit
CHEM 305
Organic Chemistry II
3 units
CHEM 305L
Organic Chemistry Techniques II
1 unit
CHEM 310
Chemical Literature
3 units
CHEM 430
Biochemistry
3 units
CHEM 430L
Experimental Techniques in Biochemistry
1 unit
CHEM 435
Advanced Biochemistry
3 units
CHEM 451
Physical Chemistry I
3 units
CHEM 451L
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
1 unit
CHEM 499C
Capstone Seminar in Chemistry
2 units
CHEM 475
Introduction to Chemical Research
2 units

Additional Biology Requirements

16 units

BIOL 111
General Biology I
3 units
BIOL 111L
General Biology Laboratory I
1 unit
BIOL 112
General Biology II
3 units
BIOL 112L
General Biology Laboratory II
1 unit
Select 2 of the following courses:
BIOL 220/L
Cell Biology and Laboratory
4 units
BIOL 311/L
Genetics and Laboratory
4 units
BIOL 440/L
Molecular Biology and Laboratory
4 units
CHEM 452/L
Physical Chemistry and Laboratory
4 units
* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.
**It is necessary that CHEM 120 and CHEM 121 be scheduled for the first year of residence at VUSC in order to maintain a proper sequence of chemistry courses.
 If students are not prepared to take CHEM 120/L their freshman year, then they should enroll in CHEM 112C/L (see Incoming Freshman Preparation Guide for more details).