Area of Focus
  • Engineering & Technology
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
Academic Division
  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry

Program overview

The biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) major constitutes an integrated curriculum of basic initial instruction in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, followed by the opportunity to pursue advanced study in specialized areas of interest.

Biochemistry programs

Learning Experience

In modern, well-equipped laboratories, distinguished faculty are engaged in frontline research at UCSC. The BMB program features close faculty-student interaction, stimulating learning environments, and opportunities for independent research and study. Students majoring in BMB are encouraged to become involved in research under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Many students participating in this aspect of the program have made important contributions to the scientific literature. The Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular, Cell, and Developmental (MCD) Biology host a very active seminar series of national and international scholars in which advanced undergraduates are encouraged to participate.

Study and Research Opportunities
  • Students are required to participate in at least one small upper-division research lab course focused on teaching valuable research skills that help prepare students for graduate school and careers in biotechnology.
  • Opportunities for faculty-mentored research.

First-Year (Freshman) Requirements

In addition to completing the courses required for UC admission, high school students who intend to major in biochemistry and molecular biology should take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and advanced mathematics (precalculus or calculus).

Biochemistry and Molecular biology

Transfer Requirements

This is a screening major. Prior to transfer, students must satisfy major qualification requirements: appropriate General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry series; BIOL 20A, Cell and Molecular Biology, and calculus equivalent to MATH 11A or 19A. Transfer applicants must also achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 across these qualification courses.

Junior-level transfer students are also strongly encouraged to complete courses equivalent to MATH 11B/19B, and a physics series equivalent to PHYS 6ABC/LMN prior to transfer. Students preparing to transfer from a California Community College should reference before enrolling in courses at a community college. Prospective transfer students should review the transfer information on the Chemistry website.

Biochemistry and Molecular biology

Internships and Career Opportunities

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Research
  • Government Research
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Teaching

These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities. For more information you can check the American Chemical Society college to career website.



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