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CSU San Marcos offers a program of courses leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Biochemistry focuses on the atomic and molecular level principles of chemical reactions in living systems. It is involved with elucidating the structure and function of biological molecules that control the basic processes in living organisms. It therefore plays an important role in understanding the chemical causes of disease, the development of medicines to control and cure illnesses, and the development of safe food supplies. Biochemistry majors are needed to help solve some of society’s most difficult technological problems through research, development, and teaching.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry will be able to:

  • Carry out synthetic and analytical experiments in the laboratory; make careful and accurate observations and measurements; and organize and interpret experimental data. [Empirical basis of chemical knowledge]
  • Explain how different chemical substances and mixtures are held together using covalent, coordinate, and ionic bonding, as well as intermolecular forces; identify the geometrical relationship of atoms and molecules within these combinations; and explain the importance of these geometries to chemical and physical properties. [Structure and Bonding]
  • Analyze the different levels of protein structure and identify the covalent and non-covalent interactions involved in each level. [Protein Structure]
  • Apply the ideas presented in the principal laws of thermodynamics to interpret and predict the behavior of chemical substances. [Thermodynamics]
  • Analyze data from the rates of enzyme catalyzed chemical reactions to put forward models of how enzyme catalysis is carried out and how enzyme activity is regulated. [Mechanisms of Reactions]
  • Explain how in living organisms nutrients are degraded and new substances synthesized; explain how energy is transferred; and explain how metabolism is regulated. [Biochemical Reactions]
  • Plan and execute the purification of compounds from biological sources. [Analysis]
  • Use modern chemical instrumentation to determine the physical and chemical properties of compounds from biological sources. [Chemical Instrumentation]
  • Retrieve detailed information about chemical and physical properties of substances and accounts of other experimental or theoretical research; and communicate their own results in writing and speaking using appropriate scientific formats and language. [Communication of Scientific Results]

Career Opportunities

The degree in Biochemistry prepares students to go into a variety of careers. Students are prepared for industrial careers in both the biotechnology and traditional drug development sector. In addition, the courses required for the degree meet the requirements for almost all medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary and other health-profession schools. The degree is also excellent preparation for graduate work in biochemistry or the biomedical sciences. Therefore, the completion of this degree program leaves the student with many possible career options (students wishing to pursue a career in a health profession should meet with the CSUSM pre-health advisor for specific requirements for professional schools in their area).

Since chemical principles are the basis for understanding biochemistry, each student will study the areas of organic, analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry as well as biochemistry. In addition, students will take courses in molecular biology, and they will learn to use the most recent technology in instrumentation.

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College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

Öğrenim seçenekleri

Full Time (120 kredi saati)

Okul ücreti
US$15,246.00 (TRY 205,278) Yıllık
Local Fees: USD $1,970
Başvuru Tarihi

1 May 2022

Başlangıç tarihi

24 Ocak 2022, 29 Ağustos 2022, 23 Ocak 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

California State University San Marcos,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Giriş koşulları

Amerika gelen öğrenciler için

Students are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent, Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average.

Uluslararası öğrenciler için

Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent

Equivalent of a "C+" (2.5) grade point average

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following:

TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14

IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0

Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168. (160 and above eligible for pathway program)

Duolingo score of 95

iTEP score of 3.6

Pearson's Test of English (PTE) score of 50

Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) 1125

Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible)

Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.0.

Seçtiğiniz bölüme bağlı olarak farklı IELTS koşulları olabilir.


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