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Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field involving chemistry, math, the physical sciences, and biology. Biochemists use chemistry and the physical sciences as tools to examine and explore the molecular processes of life. The questions that biochemists address encompass many critical challenges facing humans today, particularly in areas related to the medical sciences, agriculture, and environmental science. Students with a biochemistry degree are well-positioned to pursue careers in medicine; biochemical, pharmaceutical, and industrial research; public health; and law.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 129 Calculus II or MATH 263 Biostatistics 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHEM 241A Organic Chemistry Lecture I 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Lab I 1
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language 4
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Organic Chemistry Lecture II 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry Lab II 1
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology Lab II 1
Tier I General Education 3
Second language 4
BIOC 296B 1
5th Semester
BIOC 462A Biochemistry I 4
PHYS 102 Physics I 3
Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
BIOC 462B Biochemistry II 4
BIOC 466 Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids 4
PHYS 103 Physics II 3
Second Langauge 4
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
Science Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
Science Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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