Courses | Biochemistry, B.S.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Major Courses

Introductory course for majors emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and development.
Prerequisites: Passing score on Chemistry Placement Exam; or CHEM 104 or CHEM 107 with at least a "B-" or BIOS 112 with at least a "C".
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: BIOS 113.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

This laboratory accompanies BIOS 111 and is divided between observational and experimental approaches, with emphasis on the collection and interpretation of quantitative data. Frequent lab discussion of relevant issues and literature will be included.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: BIOS 111.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $95.

Discusses the molecular organization and function of cells and their organelles, with emphasis on chromosome structure, gene expression, membrane structure and function, energy conversion, and experimental methods used to study subcellular components.
Prerequisites: BIOS 111 and BIOS 113. CHEM 301 and CHEM 311; or CHEM 320, or CHEM 321 and CHEM 322 (concurrent registration permitted).
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Principles and theories of the structure and properties of matter including stoichiometry, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, states of matter, gas laws and solutions. Prerequisites: Passing score on Chemistry Placement Exam; or CHEM 092, CHEM 104, or CHEM 107 with at least a "B-".
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory; one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $110.

Continuation of General Chemistry I. Subjects include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, acidity, electrochemistry, coordination complexes and various special topics. Prerequisites: CHEM 105.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory; one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: A minimum grade of a "C-" is required to subsequently register in CHEM 301 or 320.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $110.

The first semester of the traditional yearlong course in organic chemistry. Structure, properties and reactivity of carbon-containing compounds with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. An introduction to the major functional groups and the instrumental methods for structure determination: IR, NMR, and MS.
Prerequisites: CHEM 106 with a grade of "C-" or better.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: CHEM 311.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Continued work with more complicated reactions and mechanisms. An introduction to computer-based drawing and searching tools. The last third of the course is devoted to the structure and properties of major biochemical substances.
Prerequisites: CHEM 301.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: CHEM 312.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Basic laboratory techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and analysis of organic compounds including the major chromatographic methods, TLC, GC, LC. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: CHEM 301.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $150.

Continuation of the laboratory methods in organic chemistry including the major structural determination and analysis tools of NMR, IR, HPLC, UV/Vis. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: CHEM 302.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $150.

Covers classical chemical methods of analysis such as titrimetry and gravimetry along with various instrumental methods including electrochemistry, spectroscopy and chromatography. Prerequisites: CHEM 301.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; six hours laboratory, weekly.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $130.

Molecular energetics: the thermodynamic principles underlying energy changes in chemical systems and governing chemical reactions. Energetics of solutions, electrochemical cells, phase changes, and chemical equilibria are discussed. Quantum mechanics is introduced, including solutions to the time-independent Schrodinger equation, multi-electron systems, and polyatomic molecules.
Prerequisites: CHEM 106, MATH 106; PHSC 112 or 233.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Structures and properties of the biomolecular components of cells and their action in biological systems. Topics include: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleotides, nucleic acids, vitamins and coenzymes.
Prerequisites: CHEM 302.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Mathematical treatment of bioenergetics emphasizing major concepts and problem solving; principles of metabolic processes. Prerequisites: CHEM 411 or BIOS 411. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A laboratory course to accompany CHEM 411, CHEM 412 (BIOS 411, BIOS 412). The isolation, characterization and analysis of biomolecules including the use of biochemical instrumentation and methodology for work in protein isolation, enzymology, and immunology. Prerequisites: BIOS 411 or CHEM 411.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Six hours laboratory weekly.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $150.

Limits, differentiation and integration of rational and trigonometric functions, with applications. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit.
Prerequisites: Four years of high school mathematics.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A study of mechanics, heat and sound. Intended for non-Physical Science majors. Principles are treated quantitatively but without a calculus requirement. Prerequisites: Passing score on the Physics Placement Exam or PHSC 092 with a grade of "C" or better. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 117.
Restrictions: Must not be Engineering Physics (PHEP), Physical Science (PHSC) or Chemistry (CHEM); and must be Undergraduate Level.

Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics. Prerequisites: PHSC 111, PHSC 117. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Corequisites: PHSC 118.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Elective Courses

Introductory course for biological science majors emphasizing the principles of systematics and biodiversity, population genetics and origins theories, ecology, and anatomy and physiology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: BIOS 114.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

This laboratory, which accompanies BIOS 114, will involve dissection as well as experimentation. A field project involving the La Mirada Creek is included. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Corequisites: BIOS 112.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $95.

A study of the basic concepts of physiological regulation from the level of the cell to the integrated intact organism including neural, muscular, and neuro-endocrine regulatory systems. Laboratory includes human systems analysis and electrophysiology. Prerequisites: CHEM 106 or CHEM 112 or CHEM 120.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour pre-lab, three hours laboratory.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Lab $95.

A study of microbial organisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses, including their morphology, physiology, metabolism and genetics; host parasite interactions; humoral and cell-mediated immunity. Laboratory practice in handling microorganisms, including identification and culture techniques. Prerequisites: CHEM 106 or CHEM 112 or CHEM 120.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Lab $95.

Discusses the embryology of the nervous system, the structure and function of the different cells of the nervous system and transmission by neurons. Emphasis on understanding cellular organization and neurophysiology of major subsystems of the vertebrate nervous system.
Prerequisites: BIOS 111 and BIOS 112; or BIOS 254 or BIOS 236.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Practical application of traditional and current laboratory techniques used in research and industry, including microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, histology, chromosomal analysis, tissue cell culture, isolation and purification of DNA, RNA and proteins, PCR, proper documentation and protocols and other laboratory writing skills are emphasized. Prerequisites: BIOS 111 and BIOS 113. CHEM 301 and CHEM 311; or CHEM 320, or CHEM 321 and CHEM 322 (concurrent registration permitted).
Lecture/Lab Hours: Six hours of laboratory, one hour discussion.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Lab $95.

Integrates principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics toward understanding structure and function of the gene. Emphasizes quantitative analysis of genetic data and explores current issues of genetic engineering from technical and ethical viewpoints. Prerequisites: CHEM 301 and CHEM 311; or CHEM 320, or CHEM 321 and CHEM 322 (concurrent registration permitted).
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours lab.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Lab $95.

Discusses the mechanisms of integration and homeostasis at the cellular, organ and system levels. Muscular, neural, vascular, excretory, and endocrine interactions are studied. Variations between vertebrate groups are presented. Includes a major research project. Prerequisites: BIOS 112 and BIOS 114, or BIOS 254; CHEM 106 or CHEM 112 or CHEM 120.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Lab $95.

Analyzes the molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms that control fertilization, the development of body form, cell specialization and differentiation as well as metamorphosis, maturation and aging. Laboratory emphasizes gametogenesis, fertilization, comparative embryology of vertebrates and invertebrates and directed experimental manipulation of embryos. Prerequisites: BIOS 312.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Lab $95.

A study of the structures and functions of the immune system, humoral and cell mediated immunity and analysis of medically significant disorders of the immune system. Prerequisites: BIOS 281 or BIOS 282 or BIOS 312 or BIOS 382.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory weekly.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Lab $95.

Quantitative introduction to the chemistry of the atmosphere and air pollution, energy and climate, toxic organic compounds, water pollution and purification, soil chemistry and waste disposal. Prerequisites: CHEM 302 or 320; or 321 and 322.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory, weekly.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $120.

Introduction to the structure-property relationships of engineering and natural materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Examines the strength of materials, strengthening mechanisms, diffusion, phase transformations, heat treatment and microstructure control. Considers how materials are selected for design of a product.
Prerequisites: PHSC 112 or 233; CHEM 105 and MATH 105.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Covering the chemistry of the entire periodic table, the course begins with atomic theory and then introduces symmetry and group theory before looking in depth at chemical bonding and acid-base chemistry, the chemistry and properties of solids, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and nanomaterials.

Building upon the thermodynamic and quantum mechanical foundation of Physical Chemistry I, this course applies quantum mechanics to Hartree-Fock theory and electronic, vibrational, and nuclear spectroscopies. Quantum effects are used to explain the origins of bulk material properties, the behavior of ensembles of molecules, diffusion, kinetics, and complex reaction systems.

Subjects include such areas as the chemical literature, various instrumental methods, polymers, organometallics and industrial chemistry.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; Environmental Science (BIES), Human Biology (BIHB), Physics (PHYS), Bio Sci:Secondary Instruction (BISI), Chemistry (CHEM), Engineering Physics (PHEP), Physical Science (PHSC), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Biological Science (BIOS); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: May involve lab fees of up to $150.

Research or industrial internship. Notes: Requires a written report. May be taken multiple times for a total of 6 credits.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; Environmental Science (BIES), Physical Science (PHSC), Biological Science (BIOS), Engineering Physics (PHEP), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Human Biology (BIHB); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: May involve lab fees of up to $150.

Differentiation and integration of logarithmic, exponential and inverse trigonometric functions; various methods of integration; infinite sequences and series; parametric equations, polar coordinates.
Prerequisites: MATH 105.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Prepares the student for biostatistical application essential to practice in evidence-based professions. Content includes: descriptive statistics; probability theory and rules; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; experimental design; ANOVA; linear and multiple regression; contingency table analysis; non-parametrics; survival analysis; discussion of the use of statistics in journal articles. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. Credit given for only one of 210 and 318.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

This course is intended for Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department majors or anyone else interested in learning to develop their intuition for problem-solving using formal and informal techniques. Involves the use of MATLAB, Excel and other computer tools for data analysis.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $75.

Wave theory, sound, geometric optics, interference and diffraction, relativity, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory, weekly. Notes: Primarily for Physical Science and Engineering Physics majors. The optics section may be taken for one credit (PHSC 450).
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $120.

Use of computation tools using MATLAB and LabVIEW in chemistry, physics and engineering, digital signal analysis and instrument control.
Prerequisites: PHSC 124, PHSC 233, PHSC 237; or CHEM 106; MATH 205 recommended.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $110.

Introduction to circuit elements, network theorems, response, semiconductor devices, integrated circuits, and the operation and design of analog DC/AC circuits. Also introduces the fundamentals of Boolean logic and digital design. Laboratory work involves extensive construction and analysis of circuits, as well as introduction of soldering and assembly techniques. Prerequisites: PHSC 233, PHSC 237.
Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; six hours laboratory, weekly.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $150.

Varying course content. Topics such as optics, special relativity, nuclear and biophysics will be offered.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; Environmental Science (BIES), Human Biology (BIHB), Physics (PHYS), Bio Sci:Secondary Instruction (BISI), Chemistry (CHEM), Engineering Physics (PHEP), Physical Science (PHSC), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Biological Science (BIOS); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: May involve lab fees of up to $150.