Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry – CHEM Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AS-T in Chemistry. Thirty-four units in the major (CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216, CHEM 233/CHEM 234, CHEM 335/CHEM 336, MATH 226/MATH 227, required PHYS sequence) and 33 units of lower-division GE have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence for you. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 15–21 Units

  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer. See the next two bullets.
  • Lower-Division GE (6 units) – Area C (3 units in any subarea) and Area D (3 units). D2 courses satisfy US History; D3 courses satisfy US/CA Government requirements.
  • Upper-Division GE, Areas B, C, and D (9 units) – Courses may satisfy the US History or US/CA Government requirements, and UD-C or UD-D at the same time, if approved for multiple areas.
  • Students entering the major with the AS-T in Chemistry are not required to fulfill SF State Studies or Complementary Studies requirements.

Biochemistry B.S.:  38 Units

Completed: CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216, CHEM 233/CHEM 234, CHEM 335/CHEM 336, MATH 226/MATH 227, required PHYS sequence.

  • Major Lower-Division Requirements (5 units) – BIOL 230
  • Major Upper-Division Requirements (18 units)
  • Major Upper-Division Electives (15 units) - including
  • at least one course with a CHEM prefix
  • at least one course with GW suffix (fulfills University GWAR requirement)
  • at least three laboratory courses

Note that many BIOL electives require BIOL 240 as a prerequisite; enrollment without this prereq in BIOL 350, BIOL 355, and BIOL 612 may be permitted, but students must consult with a department advisor prior to registering for these courses.

University Electives: 4 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., UD GE and the major.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I (Major Lower-Division) 5
CHEM 321 Quantitative Chemical Analysis (Major Upper-Division) 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Second Semester
CHEM 300 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Major Upper-Division) 1 3
CHEM 340 Biochemistry I (Major Upper-Division) 3
GWAR Elective 2,3 3
Major Upper-Division Electives (15 units) - Take One 2 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Third Semester
CHEM 341 Biochemistry II (Major Upper-Division) 3
CHEM 343 Biochemistry I Laboratory (Major Upper-Division) 3
Major Upper-Division Electives (15 units) - Take One 2 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Fourth Semester
CHEM 301 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Major Upper-Division) 1 3
Major Upper-Division Electives (15 units) - Take Two 2 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 4
 Total Units60