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.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Prerequisite Requirements

Any course that is prerequisite to any Chemistry Course must be passed with a grade of "C or better" (C- not accepted) for a student to be eligible to enroll in Chemistry course. The only exceptions are Chemistry courses that list "Instructor Consent" as a prerequisite. Refer to the SJSU Course Catalog for specific information regarding course prerequisites.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements29
Core Lower Division General Education18
Of the 39 units required by the university, 21 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major29
BIOL 030. Principles of Biology IB2+B34
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
ENGL 001B. Argument and AnalysisC23
or equivalent.
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Requirements of the Major62
Core Courses29
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis2
CHEM 055L. Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2
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 Courses33
CHEM 130A. Biochemistry4
CHEM 130B. Biochemistry4
CHEM 130C. Biochemistry3
CHEM 131A. Biochemistry Lab2
CHEM 160. Physical Chemistry4
Capstone Course3
CHEM 131B. Biochemistry LabR3
Science Electives13
Complete 13 units from:
BIOL 107. Immunology3
BIOL 107L. Immunology Laboratory2
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 116L. Genetics Laboratory3
BIOL 117. Human Genetics3
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics3
BIOL 119. Neurogenetics3
BIOL 123A. Bioinformatics I3
BIOL 123B. Bioinformatics II3
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 125. Systems Physiology Laboratory2
BIOL 135A. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology I3
BIOL 135B. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology IIR3
BIOL 135L. Molecular Cell Biology Lab3
BIOL 137. Introduction to Principles of Toxicology3
BIOL 165. Advanced Human Anatomy4
CHEM 114. Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 145. Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 155. Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 162L. Physical Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 180. Individual Studies1-4
MICR 101. General Microbiology4

Total Units:120