Major in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics

All students are required to complete 43 units of required courses offered by the MB3 Program or by the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Computer and Information Sciences, and an additional 27-35 units within one of the three concentrations.

Required Courses
BIOL 200
200L
INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LAB]
4
BIOL 309GENETICS4
BIOL 409MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
CHEM 131
131L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 132
132L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
4
CHEM 351BIOCHEMISTRY I3
MATH 237ELEMENTARY BIOSTATISTICS4
MATH 273CALCULUS I4
MBBB 201PROGRAMMING FOR BIOLOGISTS4
or COSC 175 GEN COMPUTER SCI
MBBB 301INTRO TO BIOINFORMATICS4
MBBB 493SEMINAR IN BIOETHICS1
Select one of the following (courses may be repeated for a total of 6 units toward the major): 13
CAPSTONE PROJECT IN MBBB
ELECTIVE IN INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY I
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Total Units43
1

Or an approved elective in BIOL, CHEM, COSC, CIS or MBBB 3XX, 4XX

Students must select one of the following Concentrations:

Molecular Biology Concentration (27-28 units)

BIOL 408CELL BIOLOGY4
Choose one of the following laboratory courses2
GENETICS LABORATORY
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
CELL BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Required Chemistry and Physics courses
CHEM 331
CHEM 332
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
10
PHYS 211
PHYS 212
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED
8
Biology upper-level elective3-4
Total Units27-28

Biochemistry Concentration (33 units)

CHEM 210ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 331
CHEM 332
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
10
CHEM 345PRINCIPLES PHYSICAL CHEM3
CHEM 356BIOCHEMISTRY LAB2
CHEM 357BIOCHEMISTRY II3
or BIOL/CHEM 450 ECOLOGICAL BIOCHEMISTRY
CHEM 372PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2
PHYS 211
PHYS 212
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED
8
or PHYS 241
PHYS 242
GENERAL PHYSICS I CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II CALCULUS-BASED
Total Units33

Bioinformatics Concentration (30–35 units)

CHEM 330ESSENTIALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 15-10
or CHEM 331
CHEM 332
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
COSC 236
COSC 237
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I
and INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE II
8
COSC 336DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHM ANALYSIS4
COSC 457DATABSE MNGT SYS3
or CIS 458 ORGANIZATIONAL DATABASE MANAGEMENT
MATH 263DISCRETE MATHEMATICS3
or MBBB 315 GENOMICS
MATH 274CALCULUS II4
MBBB 401ADVANCED BIOINFORMATICS3
Total Units30-35
1

Note: Many graduate and professional programs require two terms of physics and two terms of organic chemistry and/or calculus. Students who are contemplating education beyond the undergraduate level (graduate school, medical school, etc.) need to talk with an adviser. 

Note: Below are idealized plans of study for each of the three concentrations within the MB3 major. Actual plans of study will vary significantly between students depending on high school preparation, performance in classes, additional commitments and career goals.

Biochemistry Concentration Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MATH 2734BIOL 200
200L
4
CHEM 131
131L
4CHEM 132
132L
4
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or Core 2)3TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or Core 2)3
Core 4, 5 or 63Core 4, 5 or 6 (do not repeat from Term 1)3
 14 14
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3315CHEM 3325
BIOL 3094MATH 274 or 2374
Core3MBBB 4931
Core3Core3
 Core3
 15 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 2105CHEM 3513
BIOL 409 or MBBB 3014CHEM 3562
PHYS 211 or 2414BIOL 409 or MBBB 3014
Core 3PHYS 212 or 2424
 Core3
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3573CHEM 3453
Research in Chemistry3CHEM 3722
Elective3-4Elective3-4
Elective3-4Elective3-4
Core3Core 3
 15-17 14-16
Total Units 120-124

Moleculary Biology Concentration Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 200
200L
4CHEM 131
131L
4
MATH 273 or 2114BIOL 2024
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or Core 2)3TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or Core 2)3
Core 4, 5 or 63Core 4, 5 or 6 (do not repeat from Term 1)3
 14 14
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 132
132L
4CHEM 2105
BIOL 3094MBBB 4931
Core3PHYS 211 or 2414
Core3Core3
 Core3
 14 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3315CHEM 3325
PHYS 241 or 2424BIOL 409 or MBBB 3014
Core 3BIOL 4102
Elective3-4Elective3-4
 15-16 14-15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3513BIOL 409 or MBBB 3014
BIOL 409 or MBBB 3014Core 3
Research in Biology3Elective3-4
Core3Elective3-4
Elective3 
 16 13-15
Total Units 116-120
 

Bioinformatics Concentration Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MATH 2734MATH 2744
COSC 2364COSC 2374
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or Core 2)3TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or Core 2)3
Core 4, 5 or 63Core 4, 5 or 6 (do not repeat from Term 1)3
 14 14
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 200
200L
4CHEM 132
132L
4
Core3BIOL 3094
CHEM 131
131L
4Core3
Core3Core3
Core3 
 17 14
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3315CHEM 3325
COSC 3364CIS 458 or COSC 4573
MBBB 3014BIOL 409 or MATH 3304
Core 3MBBB 315 or MATH 2633
 MBBB 4931
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3513MBBB 4013
Research in Computer Science3BIOL 409 or MATH 3304
Elective3-4Elective3-4
Elective3-4Elective3-4
Core3Core 3
 15-17 16-18
Total Units 122-126

1. Demonstrate mastery of content in the disciplines of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics
 Ability to solve problems by the application of relevant concepts and analytical tools.
 2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the scientific method. Ability to formulate a testable hypothesis, design a controlled experiment to test that hypothesis, collect data and analyze results.
 3. Be able to read and understand current literature in the field.
 Ability to correctly summarize and critically analyze new scientific information in the literature.