UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Student Affairs Office
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
4010 York Hall
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.
The following courses must be taken for a letter grade:
1. General chemistry including laboratory (Chem. 6A-6C or 6AH-6CH, and 7L, or equivalent).
2. Calculus (Math. 20A-20D, or equivalent).
3. Calculus-based physics including laboratory (Phys. 2A-2B and 2D or equivalent, and either
2BL, 2CL or 2DL. Phys. 2CL is recommended and is accessible without Phys. 2C. Phys.
2CL is the prerequisite for Chem. 105A).
1. Three quarters of organic chemistry (Chem. 140A, 140B or BH, 140C or CH).
2. Two quarters of physical chemistry (Chem. 126-127 recommended, or the equivalent).
3. One quarter of inorganic chemistry (Chem. 120A).
4. Three quarters of biochemistry (Chem. 114A-C).
5. Six laboratory courses (Chem. 100A, 143AH or 143A, 143B, 105A, either 108 or 109, and
one additional upper division chemistry.
6. Two elective courses from the following list: Chem. 104/204, 113/213, 114D, 116, 118,
124/225, 157/257, 164, 165, 166, 221, 280.
7. One additional elective course chosen from among all of the upper-division and gra