Biochemistry Course Listing

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Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Biochemistry Major

Preparation for the Major

CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 220Analytical Chemistry3
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems
and Bioenergetics and Systems Laboratory
4
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution
and Genomes and Evolution Laboratory
4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
4
Total Units35

Major Requirements

BIOL 300Genetics3
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 302
302L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 330Techniques in Molecular Biology3
CHEM 311Physical Chemistry I3
or CHEM 312 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 331Biochemistry3
CHEM 332Biochemistry II3
CHEM 396Methods of Chemical Research1.5
Select one elective - see note below for list3
CHEM 435Biochemistry Laboratory4
Total Units31.5

Electives may be chosen upper-division chemistry courses or Biology restricted electivesBIOL 342, BIOL 376, BIOL 480, BIOL 482 or BIOL 484 or PHYS 340.

Majors must complete 31.5 units of upper division coursework in chemistry or the approved restricted electives.  CHEM 496 or CHEM 498 may not be applied toward the 31.5 unit requirement. Those planning for graduate work are recommended to take additional Upper-Division Electives in chemistry, biochemistry or biology depending on the area of interest.

As written the student will earn an ASBMB certified bachelor's degree. To obtain a second certification from the ACS, biochemistry majors must complete CHEM 440, select one upper division chemistry course (as either the elective or an additional course) and complete a research report with their research mentor.

Recommended Program of Study: Biochemistry

The following paradigm is included as a guide only, and should not be interpreted in a rigid sense. The major will is recognized and certified by the American Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society (ASBMB) as described.  Students intending to obtain an ACS-certified degree must take CHEM 440 and submit a final research report. Elective courses in chemistry and biology may be taken at any time as long as the course prerequisites have been satisfied. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to ensure that their needs and interests will be met. 

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 1501Calculus I4
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems (Or BIOL 242 with lab)4
Core or electives4-5
Semester IIHours
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
MATH 151Calculus II4
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution (Or BIOL 240 with lab)4
Core or electives3-4
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 220Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 396Methods of Chemical Research1.5
Core or electives4-5
Semester IIHours
CHEM 302
302L
Organic Chemistry II4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
BIOL 300Genetics3
Core or electives4-5
Junior Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 331Biochemistry3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
Core or electives6-9
Semester IIHours
CHEM 330Techniques in Molecular Biology3
CHEM 312Physical Chemistry II (or CHEM 311 in Fall Senior Year)3
CHEM 332Biochemistry II3
Core or electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 311Physical Chemistry I (Or CHEM 312 in Spring Junior Year)3
CHEM 435Biochemistry Laboratory4
Core or electives6-9
Semester IIHours
UD CHEM, BIOL of PHYS elective3-4
Core or electives8-12

Recommended Program of Study: Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITPP) Pathway 

The Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITPP) provides paths to 4-year science and math degrees that include a teaching credential and preparation for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Students who are interested in middle or secondary education (grades 6-12) in California may earn a degree in biochemistry while simultaneously completing requirements for a teaching credential. The degree integrates content knowledge and laboratory practices in the discipline, evidence-based teaching/learning theories, teaching performance expectations, and pre-student teaching clinical practice while satisfying baccalaureate degree requirements and CTC single subject credential program standards. There is some flexibility to meet individual needs. Students are encouraged to consult the ITPP website (http://www.sandiego.edu/itpp) and advisors (itpp@sandiego.edu) to ensure that their needs and interests will be met.

In addition to all courses for the biochemistry major, students completing the ITPP pathway must also take the following:

EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
EDUC 332PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 334PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 337PFoundations in Curriculum and Instruction Theory: Secondary Praxis in Historical Context3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential9
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential3
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
Total Units37

The following paradigm is included as a guide only, and should not be interpreted in a rigid sense.  Elective courses in chemistry may be taken at any time as long as the course prerequisites have been satisfied. 

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 1501Calculus I4
CC or Electives6-8
Semester IIHours
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
MATH 151Calculus II4
CC or Electives6-8
Semester III (Summer)Hours
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems4
EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 396Methods of Chemical Research1.5
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
CC or Electives3-4
Semester IIHours
CHEM 302
302L
Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 220Analytical Chemistry3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
Semester III (Summer)Hours
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution4
Junior Year
Semester IHours
CHEM 331Biochemistry3
CHEM 311Physical Chemistry I3
BIOL 300Genetics3
PHIL 341Ethics and Education3
Semester IIHours
CHEM 330Techniques in Molecular Biology3
CHEM 332Biochemistry II3
EDUC 332PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
CC or Electives6-8
Semester III (Summer)Hours
CC or Electives6
Senior Year
Semester IHours
EDUC 334PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential9
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential3
Semester IIHours
UD CHEM, BIOL or PHYS elective3-4
CHEM 435Biochemistry Laboratory4
CC or Electives9-12