BS in Biochemistry
Units required for Major: 81-85
The Bachelor of Science degrees are recommended for students intending to pursue graduate work in Chemistry or Biochemistry or those desiring a strong technical background for work in the chemical or biotechnology industry or other highly technical areas.
Due to the potential hazards some chemicals may present, safety is an essential element of all Chemistry laboratory classes, including independent research. All students must adhere to the Department of Chemistry Laboratory Safety Policies. Failure to adhere to the Safety Policies may constitute grounds for withdrawal from a course and/or dismissal from the program.
Chemistry Department policy states that contact lenses are prohibited in all chemistry laboratories; prescription glasses should be worn instead. In addition, safety goggles are required in all laboratories. Laboratory aprons are recommended.
The Department believes advising of students is an important function. Members of the Chemistry Department who have a strong interest in advising have been selected to serve as advisors for students wishing to major in chemistry. Each represents a particular area of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, biochemistry, organic, and physical. Each Chemistry major will be assigned to one of these advisors when entering the Chemistry Department, coordinated to the area of each student's expressed interest.
When enrolling in a course, it is required that the student will have met the specific prerequisites listed. A course listed as a prerequisite may have its own set of prerequisites. All must be met prior to enrolling in a chemistry course. Students not meeting the prerequisite requirements for a course will be administratively removed from the class.
Minimum Grade Requirements
In all courses required for the Chemistry major and minor, a minimum grade of "C-" must be earned with the exception of CHEM 1A which requires a grade of C or better. A minimum grade of "C-" is required in all prerequisite courses with the exception of CHEM 1A which requires a grade of C or better to meet the prerequisite requirement for CHEM 1B if a student has not achieved a "C-" in all prerequisite courses for a particular chemistry course, the instructor of the course will administratively remove the student from class.
Transfer Majors and Minors
Transfer students majoring in Chemistry must complete at least three of the required courses in chemistry while fulfilling the residence requirements of California State University, Sacramento. Transfer students seeking a minor in Chemistry must complete at least one upper division chemistry course at the University.
Note: Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.
|Required Lower Division Courses (46-50 Units)|
|BIO 1||Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology||5|
|BIO 2||Cells, Molecules and Genes||5|
|CHEM 1A||General Chemistry I 1||5|
|CHEM 1B||General Chemistry II||5|
|CHEM 24||Organic Chemistry Lecture I||3|
|CHEM 25||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||3|
|CHEM 31||Quantitative Analysis||4|
|MATH 30||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 31||Calculus II||4|
|Select one of the following sequences:||8 - 12|
|General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound|
General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics
|General Physics: Mechanics|
General Physics: Heat, Light, Sound, Modern Physics
General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
|Required Upper Division Courses (29 Units)|
|BIO 184||General Genetics||4|
|CHEM 124||Organic Chemistry Lecture II||3|
|CHEM 125||Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory||3|
|CHEM 141||Physical Chemistry Laboratory||3|
|CHEM 142||Introduction to Physical Chemistry||4|
|CHEM 160A||Structure and Function of Biological Molecules||3|
|CHEM 160B||Metabolism and Regulation of Biological Systems||3|
|CHEM 162||General Biochemistry Laboratory||3|
|CHEM 164||Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory||3|
|Upper Division Elective Courses (6 Units)|
|Select 3 units of Chemistry from approved list:||3|
|Inorganic Chemistry Lecture|
|Selected Topics in Chemistry|
|Nucleic Acid Chemistry|
|Select 3 units of Biological Sciences from approved list:||3|
|Molecular Cell Biology|
|Immunology and Serology Laboratory|
|Advanced Molecular Biology|
|Introduction to Scientific Inquiry |