Chemistry and Biochemistry

You should follow one of these sequences, which adhere to the Chemistry Department guidelines:

  • No high school chemistry or SATm < 650:  CHEM 99D (Introduction to Chemistry and Chemical Problem Solving), CHEM 101DL (Core Concepts in Chemistry), CHEM 201DL (Organic Chemistry I), CHEM 202L (Organic Chemistry II), CHEM 210DL (Modern Applications of Chemical Principles), BIOCHEM 301 (Introductory Biochemistry I: Intermediary Metabolism)         
  • Some chemistry, no AP credit:  CHEM 101DL (Core Concepts in Chemistry), CHEM 201DL (Organic Chemistry I), CHEM 202L (Organic Chemistry II), CHEM 210DL (Modern Applications of Chemical Principles), BIOCHEM 301 (Introductory Biochemistry I: Intermediary Metabolism)
  • 4 on AP exam: CHEM 101DL (Core Concepts in Chemistry), CHEM 201DL (Organic Chemistry I), CHEM 202L (Organic Chemistry II), CHEM 210DL (Modern Applications of Chemical Principles), BIOCHEM 301 (Introductory Biochemistry I: Intermediary Metabolism) or
  • 4 on AP exam: CHEM 20(AP) (General Chemistry Credit), CHEM 110DL (Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in Context), CHEM 201DL (Organic Chemistry I), CHEM 202L (Organic Chemistry II), BIOCHEM 301 (Introductory Biochemistry I: Intermediary Metabolism)
  • 5 on AP exam: CHEM 21(AP) (General Chemistry Credit), CHEM 110DL (Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in Context), CHEM 20lDL (Organic Chemistry I), CHEM 202L (Organic Chemistry II), BIOCHEM 301 (Introductory Biochemistry I: Intermediary Metabolism) or
  • 5 on AP exam: CHEM 21(AP) (General Chemistry Credit), CHEM 201DL (Organic Chemistry I), CHEM 202L (Organic Chemistry II), BIOCHEM 301 * (Introductory Biochemistry I: Intermediary Metabolism)

* See the section on AP credits. There are a few medical schools that will not accept AP credit; if you need more Chemistry classes, you can add CHEM 210DL (Modern Applications of Chemical Principles) as a fourth Chemistry course and BIOCHEM 302 (Introductory Biochemistry II) as a fifth Chemistry course. 

In the absence of AP credit, you are expected to enroll in both CHEM 101DL (Core Concepts in Chemistry) and CHEM 210DL (Modern Applications of Chemical Principles).   

Students occasionally believe that although they do not have AP credit in Chemistry, their background is sufficient to allow them to take CHEM 110DL (Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in Context) or go directly into Organic Chemistry, rather than start in CHEM 101DL (Core Concepts in Chemistry). There are several problems with this. In the absence of test scores, students may place themselves inappropriately and then find that they either need to withdraw from the course or that they don’t do well in the course. And while some health professions schools may accept fewer than four Chemistry courses (e.g., 2 Inorganic, 2 Organic Chemistry), most will not at this time. Students can then find themselves deficient in Chemistry and this may affect admission to a health professions school. Our advice is to follow the Chemistry Department placement guidelines and the recommended Chemistry sequences listed above.