The major in biochemistry is primarily intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry will be able to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in chemistry, biology, and related fields. In addition, biochemistry majors will take coursework similar to that required for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools.
Learn more about the program on the Chemistry website.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will have knowledge of current theories and applications in the fields of chemistry and biology.
- Students will demonstrate skill in researching, assessing and evaluating topics of interest.
- Students will communicate effectively using the language of chemistry.
- Students will have facility in the safe handling of chemicals and the execution of common chemistry and biology laboratory techniques.
Biochemistry graduates will find an impressive array of opportunities for exciting careers in a wide range of fields due to their coursework in chemistry and biology. Potential careers include basic research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, forensic science, food science, environmental protection, new product and process development, and education. Aside from careers in research and development in the chemical industry, there is a need for technically trained people in non-traditional areas such as marketing and sales, scientific information, patent law, health and safety, and handling of hazardous materials. Academic careers for biochemists include university teaching and science teaching in secondary schools, an area that will expand greatly in the future. A bachelor’s degree can also provide a strong foundation for graduate study at medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools. Students with biochemistry degrees have been notably successful in these areas.
- AS = Associate in Science Degree
- Major: 60-62
Associate Degree Requirements
|Select one of the following:|
|ENGL 1A||COMPOSITION & READING||5|
|ENGL 1AH||HONORS COMPOSITION & READING||5|
& ENGL 1T
|INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING|
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
|Select one of the following:|
|MATH 105||INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA||5|
|MATH 180||QUANTITATIVE REASONING||5|
|or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking|
A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:
- Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
- Core courses (60-62 units)
Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.
Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree.
Core and Support Courses
|CHEM 1A||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||5|
|or CHEM 1AH||HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY|
|CHEM 1B||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||5|
|or CHEM 1BH||HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY|
|CHEM 1C||GENERAL CHEMISTRY & QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS||5|
|CHEM 12A||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 12AL||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY||2|
|CHEM 12B||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 12BL||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY||2-3|
|or CHEM 13BH||HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY|
|CHEM 12C||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 12CL||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY||2-3|
|or CHEM 13CH||HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY|
|And three courses from the following:||15|
or MATH 1AH
|HONORS CALCULUS I|
or MATH 1BH
|HONORS CALCULUS II|
|And two courses from the following:||12|
|PRINCIPLES OF CELL BIOLOGY|
|FORM & FUNCTION IN PLANTS & ANIMALS|
|EVOLUTION, SYSTEMATICS & ECOLOGY|