Biochemistry B.S.

  1. Vanguard University Chemistry graduates should have demonstrated an understanding of the major concepts, theories, and experimental evidence of and the ability to solve problems in: Analytical Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry;
  2. Demonstrated competence in practical laboratory-based aspects of chemistry, including: basic laboratory skills, selection and use of modern instruments, proper standardization and calibration practices, and computer-based data acquisition;
  3. Developed critical thinking skills and problem-solving approaches using scientific methods to: identify the relevant factors which define problems, develop and evaluate methods, employ appropriate statistical analysis and instrumentation, and draw reasonable conclusions;
  4. Identified the principles in the American Chemical Society Ethics Code, recognized ethical components in complex situations, designed solutions appropriate to professional standards, and practiced science in a safe manner;
  5. Demonstrated comprehension of chemical literature and the ability to communicate professionally about chemistry through writing in an accepted scientific format and orally in a public venue; and
  6. Acquired familiarity with the process of chemical research through the formal participation in an undergraduate research project that involved: project management, methods development, data analysis, and written contribution to the discipline in the form of a presentation or publication.
Core Curriculum Requirements 146
Biochemistry Major Requirements76
General Electives 0
Total Units122

Biochemistry Major Requirements

Lower Division:
Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology Lab,Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology Lab
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chem Techniques
MATH-180CCalculus 14
MATH-181CCalculus II4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab 2
or PSCI-223C
Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
and Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 3
or PSCI-225
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetsm Lab
Upper Division:
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Techniques I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Technqs II
and Experimental Tech/Biochemistry
CHEM-435Advanced Biochemistry3
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
and Physical Chemistry Technique Lab
CHEM-457Physical Chemistry: Kinetics2
CHEM-499CChemistry Capstone Seminar2
Complete 4 or more Units in BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, ENGR, CSCI, DSCI at any level4
Complete 4 or more Units in BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, ENGR, CSCI, DSCI 200/300/400 Level4
Complete 8 or more Units in BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, ENGR, CSCI, DSCI 300/400 Level8
Research Requirement:2
UG Research Or Internship Program
Undergraduate Research
Chemistry Senior Project
Undergrad Biological Research
Total Units76

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


PSCI-130C/CL is trigonometry based and PSCI-223C/CL is calculus based.


PSCI-131C/CL is trigonometry based and PSCI-225C/CL is calculus based.

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics.

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
CHEM-120 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM-120L General Chemistry I Lab 1
MATH-180C Calculus 1 4
THEO-PLHDTheology Core Requirement 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
Year 1 Term 2
CHEM-121 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM-121L General Chemistry II Lab 1
BIOL-111 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 3
BIOL-111L Principles of Biology Lab,Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology Lab 1
MATH-181C Calculus II 4
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
Year 2 Term 1
CHEM-252 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM-252L Analytical Chem Techniques 1
PSCI-223C Mechanics of Solids and Fluids 3
PSCI-223CL Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Lab 1
CHEM-304 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM-304L Organic Chemistry Techniques I 1
HIST-PLCR1History Core Req (US Hist Or Democracy) 3
Year 2 Term 2
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
PSCI-225 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PSCI-225L Electricity and Magnetsm Lab 1
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
CHEM-305 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM-305L Organic Chemistry Technqs II 1
CHEM-PLHDRCHUndergraduate Research 2-4
Year 3 Term 1
CHEM-456 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 2
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
CHEM-440 Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM-440L Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
Year 3 Term 2
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
CHEM-PLUD4AUpper Division STEM Elective (4 units) 4
CHEM-457 Physical Chemistry: Kinetics 2
CHEM-456L Physical Chemistry Technique Lab 1-2
Year 4 Term 1
CHEM-430 Biochemistry 3
CHEM-430L Experimental Tech/Biochemistry 1
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
PSYC-103C Introduction to Psychology 3
Year 4 Term 2
CHEM-499C Chemistry Capstone Seminar 2
CHEM-435 Advanced Biochemistry 3
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
CHEM-PLUD4AUpper Division STEM Elective (4 units) 4
 Total Units122-125