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
RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Total Units43

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 457DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS3
or CIS 458 ORGANIZATIONAL DATABASE MANAGEMENT
MATH 263DISCRETE MATHEMATICS3
or MBBB 315 GENOMICS
MATH 274CALCULUS II4
MBBB 401ADVANCED BIOINFORMATICS3
Total Units30-35

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

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MATH 273 or 2374BIOL 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 237 or 2734
MBBB 201 or COSC 1754MBBB 4931
Core3Core3
 Core3
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 2105CHEM 3513
MBBB 301 or BIOL 4094CHEM 3562
PHYS 211 or 2414BIOL 409 or MBBB 3014
Core 3PHYS 212 or 2424
 Core3
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3573CHEM 3453
Research3CHEM 3722
Elective3-4Elective3-4
Core3Elective2-3
Core3Core 3
 15-16 13-15
Total Units 120-123

Molecular Biology Concentration Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 200
200L
4CHEM 132
132L
4
CHEM 131
131L
4MATH 273 or 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 3094PHYS 2114
MBBB 201 or COSC 1754MATH 237 or 2734
Elective4MBBB 4931
Core3Elective4
 Core3
 15 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3315CHEM 3325
PHYS 2124BIOL 4094
Core3Elective3-4
Core 3Core3
 15 15-16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MBBB 3014BIOL 4084
CHEM 3513Upper Level Bio Elective3-4
BIOL 410, 312, or 412 (Lab)2Elective3
Research3Core3
Core3Core 3
 15 16-17
Total Units 120-122
 

Bioinformatics Concentration Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 200
200L
4COSC 2364
COSC 1754MATH 2734
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
COSC 2374CHEM 131
131L
4
MATH 2744COSC 3364
Core3Elective2-3
Core3Core3
 Core3
 14 16-17
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 3094CHEM 3305
CHEM 132
132L
4MBBB 3014
Elective3MBBB 315 or MATH 2633
Core3MBBB 4931
 Core3
 14 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CHEM 3513MBBB 4013
MATH 2374BIOL 4094
Research3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Core3Core 3
 16 16
Total Units 120-121
  1. Demonstrate mastery of content in the disciplines of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics.
  2. Ability to solve problems by the application of relevant concepts and analytical tools.
  3. Ability to conduct quantitative analysis of Molecular Biology and Biochemical data.
  4. Ability to correctly summarize and critically analyze new scientific information in the literature.