Major Details

This degree is intended for students planning on graduate work in biochemistry or health-related fields after completing the BS degree. It consists of the foundational courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry, to which introductory courses in freshman and sophomore biology, as well as undergraduate biochemistry courses, have been added. Students have the opportunity to study the chemistry of living systems, while obtaining solid chemistry training in biochemistry as well as analytical, organic and physical chemistry.

The program requires four full years to complete and includes opportunities for students to explore biochemistry both through course work and undergraduate biochemistry research via courses such as CHEM 5030 and 5040L. If a student selects an academic internship during the undergraduate years, this will extend the time to five years.

The UC College of Arts and Sciences' flexible degree requirements allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

Foreign languages

Biological sciences

Mathematical sciences


This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this program. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.

If you are currently confirmed or enrolled, you can check your degree requirements online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school, use to see how credits you have earned will transfer to UC. See course descriptions by college.

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Biochemistry (BS) Curriculum Guide