Mar 26, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Biochemistry, B.S.

(120 units)

This degree is approved for distance education by the WSCUC.

Degree Progress

BS Biochemistry majors must complete the following requirements within the specified time of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. Students who have not met the requirements by the required semester must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student’s performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.


A grade “C” or better must be achieved in the following courses within one calendar year

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in the following courses within two calendar years.

Transfer Students:

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in the following courses within 1 calendar year.


In addition, BS and Biochemistry majors must earn a C or better in all courses counting towards the major and must maintain major and upper-division major GPAs of 2.0 or higher. A student whose GPA in the major or upper division GPA in the major falls below 2.0 will be advised that they are at risk of being dismissed from the major and granted one semester to raise their major GPA(s) to 2.0. Students who do not successfully raise their major GPA(s) must meet with an advisor to declare another major or submit an appeal to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry explaining why they need one additional semester. Students whose major GPAs remain below 2.0 after this additional semester must declare a new major.


Lower Division:

Take either:


BIOL 111, BIOL 111L, BIOL 212 , BIOL 212L  are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.

Upper Division:

Take the following:

Recommended Tracks

Students are encouraged to consider prior to completion of organic chemistry (CHEM 220A/B) what upper division electives are best suited to their interests and post-graduate goals. Sets of upper division courses appropriate to such interests and goals might include the following:

Students should meet with their program advisor to map out upper division elective courses best suited to their interests.