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Chemistry Department

BS - Chemistry, Concentration in Biochemistry

This concentration is designed for students interested in graduate work in biochemistry, medicine or related fields, or for responsible positions in industrial or government laboratories.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements30
Of the 51 units required by the university, 21 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major33
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 006. Biological Safety1
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
Requirement of the Major55
Core Courses29
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 100W. Writing Workshop: Chemical CommunicationsZ3
CHEM 112A. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 112B. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 113A. Organic Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 113B. Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 120S. Chemical Safety Seminar1
Biochemistry Concentration Required Courses26
CHEM 130A. Biochemistry4
CHEM 130B. Biochemistry4
CHEM 130C. Biochemistry3
CHEM 131A. Biochemistry Lab2
CHEM 160. Physical Chemistry4
Capstone Course3
CHEM 131B. Biochemistry Lab3
Chemistry Electives6
Complete six units from:
BIOL 107. Immunology3
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 116L. Genetics Laboratory3
BIOL 117. Human Genetics3
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics3
BIOL 123A. Bioinformatics I3
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 135. Molecular Cell Biology3
BIOL 137. Introduction to Principles of Toxicology3
CHEM 114. Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 145. Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 155. Instrumental Analysis4
MATH 160. Statistics for Biol Sciences3
MICR 101. General Microbiology4

Total Units:120