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Chemistry B.S.

Information and Policies

Introduction

The bachelor of science major program is designed for students who intend to pursue a professional career in chemistry. It is rigorous and broadly covers all chemistry subdisciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes summarize the most important knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that students are expected to develop throughout their studies.

Students graduating with a B.S. in chemistry should be able to:

  • demonstrate mastery of a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas of the discipline (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry);

  • solve area-specific problems by identifying the essential parts of a problem, formulating a strategy for solving the problem, applying appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, testing the correctness of the solution, and interpreting their results;

  • use modern library search tools (such as SciFinder, PubMed, or Web of Science) to locate and retrieve scientific information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry;

  • know and follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals;

  • understand the objective of their chemical experiments, properly carry out the experiments, and appropriately record and analyze the results;

  • use computers in data acquisition and processing, and use available software as a tool in data analysis;

  • use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments;

  • communicate the concepts and results of their laboratory experiments through effective writing and/or oral communication using the discipline standards for reporting and citation; and

  • collaborate effectively as part of a team to solve problems, debate different points of view, and interact productively with a diverse group of team members.

Academic Advising for the Program

The chemistry and biochemistry advisers provide advising to undergraduate majors. Students are encouraged to seek out advising and assistance in planning their academic careers to ensure completion of their major on time. For assistance, please contact chemistry advising at chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu or visit our department website. Transfer students should also consult the Transfer Information and Policy Section below.

Getting Started in the Major: Frosh

High School Preparation

Prospective chemistry majors should have a solid foundation in high school mathematics; familiarity with algebra, logarithms, trigonometry, and analytic geometry is particularly required. Students taking chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz, begin with CHEM 1A/CHEM 1B/CHEM 1C and CHEM 1M/CHEM 1N. Alternatively, students with an exceptionally strong background in high school chemistry, equivalent to AP Chemistry, may begin with CHEM 4A/CHEM 4B and CHEM 1M/CHEM 1N (Advanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity—see admission policy below).

Transfer Information and Policy

Transfer Admission Screening Policy

The following courses or their equivalents are required before the transfer, by the end of the spring term for students planning to enter in the fall.

CHEM 4AAdvanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity

5

CHEM 4BAdvanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity

5

MATH 22Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

CHEM 8AOrganic Chemistry

5

CHEM 8LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Plus one of the following options:
Either these courses

MATH 11ACalculus with Applications

5

MATH 11BCalculus with Applications

5

or these courses

MATH 19ACalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH 19BCalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

Students must complete the above courses or their equivalents, with a grade of C or better, and have a cumulative GPA in these courses of 2.5 or greater. 

Note: CHEM 8A/CHEM 8L required prior to transfer for winter admits only. CHEM 8A/CHEM 8L are still recommended for fall transfer admits, as listed below.

For more information on qualifying for the major as a transfer applicant, see the Transfer Students webpage.

Additionally recommended courses

The following courses are highly recommended before the transfer to ensure timely graduation. Students who only complete the minimum required transfer coursework for the major will likely need more than two years to complete the Chemistry B.S.

CHEM 8AOrganic Chemistry

5

CHEM 8LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 8BOrganic Chemistry

5

CHEM 8MOrganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

PHYS 6AIntroductory Physics I

5

PHYS 6LIntroductory Physics I Laboratory

1

PHYS 6BIntroductory Physics II

5

PHYS 6MIntroductory Physics II Laboratory

1

Prospective students are encouraged to prioritize required and recommended major preparation, and may additionally complete courses that articulate to UC Santa Cruz general education requirements as time allows.

Getting Started at UCSC as a Transfer Student

Transfer students are highly encouraged to meet with the chemistry academic adviser in their first quarter. For assistance with advising, please contact chemistry advising at chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu.  More information specific to transfer students may also be found on our Transfer Students webpage.

Transfer students entering at the junior level who have satisfied the screening requirements can declare their major any time after coming to UC Santa Cruz, but are required to be declared in a major by the declaration deadline in their second term at UCSC. 

Transfer students who are proposed in a different major (other than chemistry) and have advanced standing when they come to UC Santa Cruz require permission from the department to change into the major. Admission to the major is not guaranteed. For more information on qualifying for the major as a transfer applicant, see the Transfer Students webpage.

Major Qualification Policy and Declaration Process

Major Qualification

Students must complete the following qualification courses, or their equivalents, each with a grade of C (2.0) or better and with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or greater in these required courses:

Either these courses

CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 1CGeneral Chemistry

5

or these courses

CHEM 4AAdvanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity

5

CHEM 4BAdvanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity

5

Plus one of the following options:
Either these courses

MATH 11ACalculus with Applications

5

MATH 11BCalculus with Applications

5

or these courses

MATH 19ACalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH 19BCalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

And one of the following options:
Either this course

MATH 22Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

or this course

MATH 23AVector Calculus

5

or this course

AM 30Multivariate Calculus for Engineers

5

Qualifying for the Advanced General Chemistry series

Both the CHEM 1A/CHEM 1B/CHEM 1C series (with associated labs CHEM 1M and CHEM 1N) and the Advanced CHEM 4A/CHEM 4B series (with associated labs CHEM 1M and CHEM 1N) fully satisfy the General Chemistry prerequisites of any major declaration or required/elective class of programs in the Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci) Division.

CHEM 4 is an advanced series intended for chemistry-proposed students who enter UC Santa Cruz with excellent preparation in high school chemistry. Students in this series will learn fundamental concepts in chemistry at a deeper level than traditional general chemistry, with emphasis on quantum theory, molecular structure, and chemical driving forces. Students with an exceptionally strong background in high school chemistry (such as taking AP or IB Chemistry) are strongly encouraged to begin with CHEM 4A (Advanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity) instead of CHEM 1A

All students who want to enroll in the advanced series must complete an online learning module and assessment administered by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, regardless of high school AP scores. For more information, please contact chemistry advising at chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu.

Determining qualification for the major

When determining qualification to declare the major:

  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

  • For courses required to qualify for the major that have been satisfied with advanced placement (AP) credit based on an AP examination score (See Admissions AP Chart), students may substitute a grade of A for each course when calculating their GPA.

  • UC Santa Cruz native students with two or more grades of NP, C-, D+, D, D-, or F in courses required to qualify for the major are not eligible to declare.

Transfer students should also consult the Transfer Information and Policy Section above.

How to Declare a Major

Students may declare a major as early as they would like if they have decided which major to pursue and have satisfied prerequisites or qualification requirements (if any) for the major.

Per the UC Santa Cruz major declaration policy, students who enter UCSC as frosh are required to be formally declared in a major by the campus deadline in their 6th quarter and before enrolling in their third year (or equivalent). Upper-division transfer students are required to be declared in a major by the deadline in their second term at UCSC.

Students should log into MyUCSC and submit the Petition for Major/Minor via MyUCSC as soon as they have met major qualification requirements and/or reach their declaration deadline quarter, whichever comes first. If you are not yet logged into MyUCSC, the petition can also be accessed by going to MyUCSC and navigating to the Student Homepage and selecting the Undergraduate Student eForms tile > Petition for Major/Minor.

Each major/minor advising office has a process for declaring. For assistance, please contact chemistry advising at chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu.

Students petitioning when the campus declaration deadline is imminent (i.e., in their sixth quarter, for students admitted as frosh), will either be approved, denied, or provided with conditions (e.g., completion of final qualification courses with certain grades), but will not be declared until all requirements have been met and satisfactory grades have been posted.

Appeal Process

Students may appeal to the major either prior to OR after submitting a petition to declare and being denied (in the latter case, appeals must be submitted within 15 days from the date the denial notification was sent).

To appeal to declare a chemistry major, submit a letter to the chemistry adviser at chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu.

All appeals must contain the following information at the top of the appeal letter:

  • Full name

  • Student ID number

  • Major you wish to declare

In the body of your appeal letter, explain the extenuating circumstances that influenced your academic performance. Identify solutions/resources you are using or intend to use to improve your academic performance in the future. Include anything else you feel is relative to explaining your circumstance. 

Please note: The information you share in your appeal or with your advisers will be kept confidential and shared only with campus officials as required to serve you in an advising capacity or process your appeal. However, in limited circumstances, including those related to potential harm to yourself or others, sexual assault, and abuse, we may be required by law to report incidents you disclose to other need-to-know offices on campus such as the Title IX Office and/or University of California Police Department. If you are in need of support for any issues, please see the list of confidential and/or support resources.

Within 15 days of receipt of the appeal, the department will notify the student and their affiliated college of the decision. For more information about the appeal process, see the Appeal Process on the Chemistry and Biochemistry website.

Letter Grade Policy

For all students entering UCSC in fall 2001 and later, all courses used to satisfy degree requirements in any of the chemistry and biochemistry majors, must be taken for a letter grade. Additionally, letter grades of C or higher must be attained to meet major and minor requirements for graduation.

Course Substitution Policy

At least half of the upper-division courses (CHEM 100–CHEM 199) required for any chemistry major must be taken through the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCSC, not as transfer credits from another department or institution. Transfer students are advised to contact a department undergraduate adviser before enrolling in any upper-division courses at other institutions to verify articulation. For more information on transferring courses to UCSC, please consult the Transfer Preparation website.

CHEM 199, Senior Research: Independent Research in the Lab, may not be taken more than once per quarter and may be repeated no more than three times during an undergraduate career.

Double Majors and Major/Minor Combinations Policy

Double Major

Pursuing a double major that includes a chemistry major is a highly individual decision, and should be based on a student’s educational and career goals. Because the chemistry major itself is a rigorous, it should be noted that completing a double major involving chemistry is difficult (though possible).

To declare a double major program, a student must obtain an academic plan showing that they are able to complete both degrees within the maximum number of quarters of enrollment available at UC Santa Cruz. Therefore, the steps to pursue chemistry as a second major are as follows:

  1. Create and review a major academic plan for your first major and have it signed by the appropriate UCSC major advisor.
  2. Make an appointment with the chemistry major advisor and send the link to your signed academic planning form to chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu.
  3. The chemistry major advisor will review your major academic plan and will add the chemistry major courses to your plan, if it is viable to do so per double unit counting, enrollment limitations, and time-to-degree guidelines.
  4. The chemistry major advisor will discuss the double major plan with you during your appointment. If the plan is viable, it will be approved and signed by both yourself and the chemistry major advisor.
  5. Once you have an approved and viable double major plan, the chemistry major advisor will process your chemistry major declaration.

Chemistry Minor

To view the course requirements for the chemistry minor, see the chemistry minor catalog.

Students electing a chemistry minor may not use the online petition to declare. The steps to pursue a chemistry minor are as follows:

  1. Review a major academic plan and have it signed by your UC Santa Cruz major advisor.
  2. Make an appointment with the chemistry minor advisor and send the link (or PDF) to your signed academic planning form to chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu.
  3. The chemistry minor advisor will review your major academic plan and will add the chemistry minor courses to your plan, if it is viable to do so per double unit counting, enrollment limitations, and time-to-degree guidelines.
  4. The chemistry minor advisor will discuss your chemistry minor plan with you during your appointment.
  5. Once approved as a viable major/minor plan by both the major/department advisor and the chemistry minor advisor, the chemistry minor advisor will sign the academic planning form and they will process your minor declaration.

Note: Students need to declare a major before they can declare a minor. If the student is not declared in a major, they must wait for the minor to be declared even if they have a signed academic plan.

More general information on double majors and minors may be found at the following link: http://registrar.ucsc.edu/navigator/section3/declaring/double.html.

Honors

To receive Honors in the chemistry major, a GPA of 3.5 or higher is required in all chemistry major requirement courses; highest honors requires a 3.8 or higher GPA in all chemistry courses for the major. Students may also receive honors for a senior research thesis.

Materials Fee

Chemistry students should be aware of the materials fee required for some courses. The fee is billed to the student’s account for specific laboratory materials purchased by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department through the university. Students may incur additional expenses for individual supplies.

Program for Students of the Health Sciences

Students intending to enter medical, dental, or another health science professional school can satisfy entrance requirements with a major program in chemistry supplemented with further courses, especially in biology, as specified by the admissions requirements of the school where they intend to apply. Students are strongly encouraged to review the Health Professions section of the Career Success website to review preparation recommendations, prerequisite and other information about professional health education programs (medical school, dental school, etc.), and more important information to assist in preparation for a career in health sciences.

Students are urged to contact Career Success for assistance with the application process.

American Chemical Society Certification

The American Chemical Society (ACS) recognizes certain undergraduate programs, including those of UCSC, to be of such quality as to entitle graduates to become ACS members immediately upon graduation. Graduates must be individually certified to the ACS by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department chair if they have satisfactorily completed an approved program of study. ACS certification standards are rigorous; a graduate who has met them carries a distinction that is well recognized in the profession. 

Broadly speaking, ACS certification requirements are satisfied by completing CHEM 122 as an elective and graduating with a Chemistry B.S. (biochemistry concentration excluded). More information is available from the Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate adviser.

General B.S. Degree

Course Requirements

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) major program is designed for students who intend to pursue a professional career in chemistry. It is rigorous and broadly based. The course requirements for the B.S. major are as follows; please refer to each course description for a detailed listing of prerequisites.

Lower-Division Courses

General Chemistry:
Either these courses

CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 1MGeneral Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 1CGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 1NGeneral Chemistry Laboratory

2

or these courses

CHEM 4AAdvanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity

5

CHEM 1MGeneral Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 4BAdvanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity

5

CHEM 1NGeneral Chemistry Laboratory

2

Calculus:

Choose one of the following options:

Either these courses

MATH 11ACalculus with Applications

5

MATH 11BCalculus with Applications

5

or these courses

MATH 19ACalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH 19BCalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

A student may combine the MATH 11 series with the MATH 19 series to complete this portion of the major requirement(s) (for example, a student can take and complete MATH 19A and then take and complete MATH 11B), but must follow the Mathematics Department’s Calculus Series Transition Policy.

Multivariable Calculus:

Choose one of the following options:

Either this course

MATH 22Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

or these courses

MATH 23AVector Calculus

5

MATH 23BVector Calculus

5

or this course

AM 30Multivariate Calculus for Engineers

5

Advanced Mathematics:

Choose one of the following courses:

AM 10Mathematical Methods for Engineers I

5

MATH 21Linear Algebra

5

MATH 24Ordinary Differential Equations

5

Physics:

Choose one of the following options:

Either these courses

PHYS 5AIntroduction to Physics I

5

PHYS 5LIntroduction to Physics I Laboratory

1

PHYS 5BIntroduction to Physics II

5

PHYS 5MIntroduction to Physics II Laboratory

1

PHYS 5CIntroduction to Physics III

5

PHYS 5NIntroduction to Physics Laboratory III

1

or these courses

PHYS 6AIntroductory Physics I

5

PHYS 6LIntroductory Physics I Laboratory

1

PHYS 6BIntroductory Physics II

5

PHYS 6MIntroductory Physics II Laboratory

1

PHYS 6CIntroductory Physics III

5

PHYS 6NIntroductory Physics III Laboratory

1

A student may combine the PHYS 5 series with the PHYS 6 series to complete this portion of the major requirement(s), while following the Physics Transition policies. For example, a student can take and complete PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L and then take and complete PHYS 6B and PHYS 6M and PHYS 6C and PHYS 6N.

Organic Chemistry:
CHEM 8AOrganic Chemistry

5

CHEM 8LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 8BOrganic Chemistry

5

CHEM 8MOrganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

By permission and invitation of the instructor, students may substitute CHEM 8M with CHEM 8N, Honors Organic Chemistry Lab. This course is designed to introduce the exceptional student to many of the techniques associated with organic chemistry while taking part in an active organic chemistry research experience.

Upper-Division Courses

Intermediate Organic Chemistry:
CHEM 110Intermediate Organic Chemistry with Emphasis on Synthesis and Analytical Methods

5

CHEM 110LIntermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2

By permission and invitation of the instructor, students may substitute CHEM 110L with CHEM 110N, Honors Organic Chemistry Lab. This course is designed to introduce the exceptional student to many of the techniques associated with organic chemistry while taking part in an active organic chemistry research experience.

Inorganic Chemistry:
CHEM 151AChemistry of Metals

5

CHEM 151LInorganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Biochemistry:
CHEM 103Biochemistry

5

Physical Chemistry:
CHEM 163AQuantum Mechanics and Basic Spectroscopy

5

CHEM 163BChemical Thermodynamics

5

CHEM 163CStatistical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

5

CHEM 164Physical Chemistry Laboratory

5

One of the following laboratory courses:
CHEM 146AAdvanced Laboratory in Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 146BAdvanced Laboratory in Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 146CAdvanced Laboratory in Physical Chemistry

5

CHEM 160LBiochemistry Research Laboratory

5

NOTE: CHEM 160L requires completion of CHEM 160J and CHEM 160K as prerequisites.

Students currently conducting senior thesis research are strongly encouraged to choose an advanced laboratory in the CHEM 146 series that is outside their research area.

Electives

At least two from the following list:

BIOC 100CBiochemistry and Molecular Biology

5

CHEM 122Principles of Instrumental Analysis

5

CHEM 124
/CHEM 224
Bioanalytical Chemistry

4

CHEM 143Organic Chemical Structure and Reactions

5

CHEM 144Catalysis In Organic Synthesis Using Metals and Metalloids Based Reagents

5

CHEM 151BChemistry of the Main Group Elements

5

CHEM 156CMaterials Chemistry

5

CHEM 169Chemistry and Biology of Drug Design and Discovery

5

CHEM 171Chemical Biology

5

METX 101Sources and Fates of Pollutants

5

METX 102Cell and Molecular Toxicology

5

OCEA 120Aquatic Chemistry: Principles and Applications

5

OCEA 121Aqueous Geochemistry

5

PHYS 156Applications of Quantum Materials

5

PHYS 180Biophysics

5

To receive certification from the American Chemical Society, you must complete CHEM 122.

BIOC 100A, BIOC 100B, BIOC 100C: Students who plan to do advanced work in biochemistry and molecular biology should take the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BIOC) 100 series. Completing the series will fulfill the requirement of CHEM 103 (Biochemistry) plus fulfill one elective. CHEM 103 is equivalent to BIOC 100A and BIOC 100B. Students can enroll in BIOC 100C once CHEM 103 is completed. 

Students may also satisfy the elective requirement by completing a chemistry graduate course with permission from the instructor and department. Please consult with a department undergraduate adviser before enrolling.

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major’s upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement. The DC Requirement for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in chemistry is satisfied by completing:

CHEM 151LInorganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Plus one of the following courses:
CHEM 146AAdvanced Laboratory in Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 146BAdvanced Laboratory in Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 146CAdvanced Laboratory in Physical Chemistry

5

CHEM 160LBiochemistry Research Laboratory

5

NOTE: CHEM 160L requires completion of CHEM 160J and CHEM 160K as prerequisites.

Comprehensive Requirement

The comprehensive requirement is a part of all UCSC degrees. For the Chemistry B.S., this requirement can be satisfied by receiving a passing grade in the upper-division labs listed below. These courses provide modern, individualized training in the discipline thus serving as relevant capstone experiences.

CHEM 151LInorganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Plus one of the following courses:
CHEM 146AAdvanced Laboratory in Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 146BAdvanced Laboratory in Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 146CAdvanced Laboratory in Physical Chemistry

5

CHEM 160LBiochemistry Research Laboratory

5

NOTE: CHEM 160L requires completion of CHEM 160J and CHEM 160K as prerequisites.

Planners

The tables below are for informational purposes and do not reflect all university, general education, and credit requirements. See Undergraduate Graduation Requirements for more information.

This is the ideal academic plan for those pursuing a chemistry B.S. major. If needed, this plan can be arranged differently. Please meet with an academic adviser in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department to review your specific official academic plan.

Sample Four-Year Planner

  Fall Winter Spring
 1st (frosh) MATH 11A or MATH 19A MATH 11B or MATH 19B CHEM 1C & 1N
(not required if CHEM 4 series completed)

CHEM 1A or

CHEM 1B & 1M or

CHEM 4A & 1M 

CHEM 1B & 1M or

CHEM 1A or 

CHEM 4B & 1N

MATH 21

     
2nd (soph) CHEM 8A & CHEM 8L CHEM 8B & CHEM 8M CHEM 110 & CHEM 110L
PHYS 6A & PHYS 6L MATH 22 PHYS 6B & PHYS 6M
     
3rd (junior) CHEM 163A CHEM 163B CHEM 163C
PHYS 6C & PHYS 6N CHEM 151A & CHEM 151L CHEM 103
     
4th(senior) CHEM 146A* CHEM 164 CHEM elective
  CHEM elective   CHEM 146B/CHEM 146C*
       

* CHEM 146A is offered in fall quarter; CHEM 146B or CHEM 146C is offered in spring. Only ONE advanced lab (CHEM 146A, 146B, or 146C) is required for degree completion. Alternatively, students can take the CHEM 160 series: CHEM 160J, CHEM 160K, and CHEM 160L, which are offered in the fall, winter, and spring, respectively.

Two of the required general education requirements will be fulfilled by the major requirements listed in the above planner (MF and SI). In addition to the specific courses shown in these planners, a student will also need to complete courses satisfying the following general education requirements: Cross-Cultural Analysis, Ethnicity & Race, Interpreting Arts & Media,  Statistical Reasoning, Textual Analysis & Interpretation, Perspectives, and Practice

Sample Transfer Two-Year Planner

This is the ideal planner for students who have transferred in with both the required and highly recommended courses. 

Note: The sample planner below is configured as if a transfer student entered UC Santa Cruz with all of the required and most of the recommended chemistry transfer coursework. Failure to complete both the required and highly recommended courses before transfer may require additional time to degree.

Please meet with an academic adviser in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department to review your specific official academic plan

  Fall Winter Spring
1st (junior) CHEM 163A CHEM 163B CHEM 163C
PHYS 6C & PHYS 6N
CHEM 151A & CHEM 151L  
CHEM 110 & CHEM 110L
     
     
 2nd (senior) CHEM 146 CHEM 164 CHEM elective
CHEM elective MATH 21 CHEM 103
     

 

Biochemistry Concentration

The biochemistry concentration is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in biochemistry or in a related field such as biotechnology, and it provides an exceptionally rigorous chemistry emphasis.

Course Requirements

Lower-Division Courses

General Chemistry:
Either these courses

CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 1MGeneral Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 1CGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 1NGeneral Chemistry Laboratory

2

or these courses

CHEM 4AAdvanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity

5

CHEM 1MGeneral Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 4BAdvanced General Chemistry: Molecular Structure and Reactivity

5

CHEM 1NGeneral Chemistry Laboratory

2

Calculus:

Choose one of the following options:

Either these courses

MATH 11ACalculus with Applications

5

MATH 11BCalculus with Applications

5

or these courses

MATH 19ACalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH 19BCalculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

A student may combine the MATH 11 series with the MATH 19 series to complete this portion of the major requirement(s)(for example, a student can take and complete MATH 19A and then take and complete MATH 11B), but must follow the Mathematics Department’s Calculus Series Transition Policy.

Multivariable Calculus:
Either this course

MATH 22Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

or these courses

MATH 23AVector Calculus

5

MATH 23BVector Calculus

5

or this course

AM 30Multivariate Calculus for Engineers

5

Advanced Mathematics:

Choose one of the following courses:

AM 10Mathematical Methods for Engineers I

5

MATH 21Linear Algebra

5

MATH 24Ordinary Differential Equations

5

Introductory Biology:
BIOL 20ACell and Molecular Biology

5

BIOE 20BDevelopment and Physiology

5

Physics:

Choose one of the following options:

Either these courses

PHYS 5AIntroduction to Physics I

5

PHYS 5LIntroduction to Physics I Laboratory

1

PHYS 5BIntroduction to Physics II

5

PHYS 5MIntroduction to Physics II Laboratory

1

PHYS 5CIntroduction to Physics III

5

PHYS 5NIntroduction to Physics Laboratory III

1

or these courses

PHYS 6AIntroductory Physics I

5

PHYS 6LIntroductory Physics I Laboratory

1

PHYS 6BIntroductory Physics II

5

PHYS 6MIntroductory Physics II Laboratory

1

PHYS 6CIntroductory Physics III

5

PHYS 6NIntroductory Physics III Laboratory

1

A student may combine the PHYS 5 series with the PHYS 6 series to complete this portion of the major requirement(s), while following the Physics Transition policies. For example, a student can take and complete PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L and then take and complete PHYS 6B and PHYS 6M and PHYS 6C and PHYS 6N.

Organic Chemistry:
CHEM 8AOrganic Chemistry

5

CHEM 8LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 8BOrganic Chemistry

5

CHEM 8MOrganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

By permission and invitation of the instructor, students may substitute CHEM 8M with CHEM 8N, Honors Organic Chemistry Lab. This course is designed to introduce the exceptional student to many of the techniques associated with organic chemistry while taking part in an active organic chemistry research experience.

Upper-Division Courses

Intermediate Organic Chemistry:
CHEM 110Intermediate Organic Chemistry with Emphasis on Synthesis and Analytical Methods

5

CHEM 110LIntermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2

By permission and invitation of the instructor, students may substitute CHEM 110L with CHEM 110N, Honors Organic Chemistry Lab. This course is designed to introduce the exceptional student to many of the techniques associated with organic chemistry while taking part in an active organic chemistry research experience.

Inorganic Chemistry:
CHEM 151AChemistry of Metals

5

CHEM 151LInorganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Biochemistry:
BIOC 100ABiochemistry and Molecular Biology

5

BIOC 100BBiochemistry and Molecular Biology

5

BIOC 100CBiochemistry and Molecular Biology

5

AND

Either this course

BIOC 110LAdvanced Biochemistry Laboratory

5

or this course

CHEM 160LBiochemistry Research Laboratory

5

NOTE: CHEM 160L requires completion of CHEM 160J and CHEM 160K as prerequisites.

Physical Chemistry:
CHEM 163AQuantum Mechanics and Basic Spectroscopy

5

CHEM 163BChemical Thermodynamics

5

CHEM 163CStatistical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

5

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major’s upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement. The DC Requirement in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration is satisfied by completing:

CHEM 151LInorganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

AND

Either this course

BIOC 110LAdvanced Biochemistry Laboratory

5

or this course

CHEM 160LBiochemistry Research Laboratory

5

NOTE: CHEM 160L requires completion of CHEM 160J and CHEM 160K as prerequisites.

Comprehensive Requirement

The comprehensive requirement is a part of all UC Santa Cruz degrees. For the Chemistry B.S with a Biochemistry Concentration, this requirement can be satisfied by receiving a passing grade in the upper-division labs listed below. These courses provide modern, individualized training in the discipline thus serving as relevant capstone experiences.

CHEM 151LInorganic Chemistry Laboratory

2

AND

Either this course

BIOC 110LAdvanced Biochemistry Laboratory

5

or this course

CHEM 160LBiochemistry Research Laboratory

5

NOTE: CHEM 160L requires completion of CHEM 160J and CHEM 160K as prerequisites.

Planners

This is the most general academic plan for this major. If needed, the plan can be rearranged. 

The tables below are for informational purposes and do not reflect all university, general education, and credit requirements. See Undergraduate Graduation Requirements for more information.

Please meet with an academic adviser in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department to review your specific official academic plan.

  Fall Winter Spring
1st (frosh) MATH 11A or MATH 19A MATH 11B or MATH 19B BIOL 20A

CHEM 1A or

CHEM 1B & 1M or

CHEM 4A & 1M 

CHEM 1B & 1M or

CHEM 1A or

CHEM 4B & 1N

CHEM 1C & 1N
(not required if CHEM 4 series completed)
     
2nd (soph) CHEM 8A & CHEM 8L CHEM 8B & CHEM 8M CHEM 110 & CHEM 110L
BIOE 20B MATH 22 MATH 21
     
3rd (junior) BIOC 100A BIOC 100B BIOC 100C
PHYS 6A & PHYS 6L PHYS 6B & PHYS 6M PHYS 6C & PHYS 6N
     
4th (senior)* CHEM 163A CHEM 163B CHEM 163C
  CHEM 151A & CHEM 151L  *BIOC 110L
     

*Alternatively, students can take the CHEM 160 series: CHEM 160J, CHEM 160K, and CHEM 160L, which are offered in the fall, winter, and spring, respectively.

Two of the required general education requirements will be fulfilled by the major requirements listed in the above planner (MF & SI). In addition to the specific courses shown in these planners, a student will also need to complete courses satisfying the following general education requirements: Cross-Cultural Analysis, Ethnicity & Race, Interpreting Arts & Media, Statistical Reasoning, Textual Analysis & Interpretation, Perspectives, and Practice

Sample Transfer Two-Year Planner

Note: The sample planner below is configured as if a transfer student entered UCSC with all of the required & most of the recommended Chemistry transfer coursework. Failure to complete both the required and highly recommended courses prior to transfer may require additional time to degree. 

Please meet with an academic adviser in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department to review your specific official academic plan

  Fall Winter Spring
1st (junior) BIOC 100A BIOC 100B BIOC 100C
    CHEM 110 & CHEM 110L
     
  Fall Winter Spring
 2nd (senior) CHEM 163A    CHEM 163B CHEM 163C
  CHEM 151A & CHEM 151L    *BIOC 110L
     

*Alternatively, students can take the CHEM 160 series: CHEM 160J, CHEM 160K, and CHEM 160L, which are offered in the fall, winter, and spring, respectively.