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Associate in Science, Emphasis in Biochemistry
Major: 8610
Effective Term: 2021 Fall   
Award Type: AS

CIP Code: 26.0202
Program Availability: CG   EM   GC   GW   MC   PC   PV   RS   SC   SM  
Instructional Council: Chemistry (21)
Total Credits: 60-64
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of this degree, students may pursue a career as:
19-4031.00 Chemical Technicians
19-4092.00 Forensic Science Technicians
51-9011.00 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as:
19-1021.00 Biochemists and Biophysicists
17-2031.00 Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers
19-2031.00 Chemists

Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career as:
19-1042.00 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists


Description: The Associate in Science (AS), Emphasis in Biochemistry provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in biochemistry or are preparing for graduate programs in the area. With an associate`s degree, students may qualify as a chemical technician. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a biochemist or biochemical engineer. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a career as a medical research scientist.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Apply fundamental theories of physical, chemical, and life sciences to construct models to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biochemical principles, such as the structure/function of biomolecules, metabolic pathways, and the regulation of biological/biochemical processes. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT230, MAT231, PHY111, PHY112)
2. Utilize basic laboratory techniques and technology in both chemistry and biology to apply the scientific inquiry to the processes of experimentation and hypothesis testing. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112)
3. Adhere to standard safety protocols when performing experiments and collecting data. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112)
4. Critically evaluate primary scientific research. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112, (CRE), [FYC])
5. Apply and effectively communicate scientific reasoning and data analysis in both written and oral forums. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT230, MAT231, PHY111, PHY112, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
6. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior appropriate to scientific research. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112, (COM), [FYC])
7. Collaborate with other scientists, including people of diverse backgrounds. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, MAT220, MAT221, MAT230, MAT231, PHY111, PHY112, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB])
8. Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB])
9. Serve the community by assisting in the care of underserved populations. (BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB])
Required Courses
+ BIO181++ General Biology (Majors) I 4
+ BIO182++ General Biology (Majors) II 4

+ CHM150 General Chemistry I (4) AND
+ CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
OR
+ CHM150AA General Chemistry I (5)
OR
+ CHM151 General Chemistry I (3) AND
+ CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
OR
+ CHM151AA General Chemistry I (4) 4-5

+ CHM152 General Chemistry II (3) AND
+ CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
+ CHM152AA General Chemistry II (4) 4

+ CHM235 General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
+ CHM235LL General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) 4

+ CHM236 General Organic Chemistry IIA (3) AND
+ CHM236LL General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory (1) 4

+ MAT230 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
+ MAT231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4) 4-5

+ PHY111 General Physics I 4
+ PHY112 General Physics II 4
Credits: 36-38

+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 22, 2021

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.