Chemistry and Biology (Course 5-7)

Chemistry and Biology

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 5.12 and 7.03 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 7.003[J] or the combination of 5.351, 5.352, and 5.353 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
5.03Principles of Inorganic Chemistry I12
5.07[J]Introduction to Biological Chemistry12
orĀ 7.05 General Biochemistry
5.08[J]Fundamentals of Chemical Biology12
5.12Organic Chemistry I12
5.13Organic Chemistry II12
5.601Thermodynamics I6
5.611Introduction to Spectroscopy6
7.06Cell Biology12
Departmental Laboratory Requirement
5.351Fundamentals of Spectroscopy4
5.352Synthesis of Coordination Compounds and Kinetics (CI-M)5
5.353Macromolecular Prodrugs4
7.002Fundamentals of Experimental Molecular Biology6
Select one of the following options:9-12
Option 1
Recombinant DNA Technology
Cancer Drug Efficacy (CI-M)
Option 2
Applied Molecular Biology Laboratory (CI-M)
Restricted Electives
Select 30 units of the following:30
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry II
Organic Structure Determination
Continuous Flow Chemistry: Sustainable Conversion of Reclaimed Vegetable Oil into Biodiesel
Chemistry of Renewable Energy
Dinitrogen Cleavage
Quantum Dots
Time- and Frequency-resolved Spectroscopy of Photosynthesis
Fast-flow Peptide and Protein Synthesis
Research and Communication in Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Thermodynamics II and Kinetics
Electronic Structure of Molecules
Physical Chemistry
Modern Biostatistics
Modern Computational Biology
Communication in Experimental Biology (CI-M)
Human Physiology
Microbial Physiology
Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease
Principles of Human Disease and Aging
Molecular Biology
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Fundamentals of Ecology
Current Topics in Mammalian Biology: Medical Implications
Systems Biology 1
Evolutionary Biology: Concepts, Models and Computation
Biological and Engineering Principles Underlying Novel Biotherapeutics
The Hallmarks of Cancer
Building with Cells
Developmental Neurobiology
Unrestricted Electives59-62
Units in Major154-157
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


Subject has prerequisites that are outside of the program.