48 months
15246 USD/year
15246 USD/year
5742 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The California State University 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.

Career Opportunities

The degree in Biochemistry offered by the California State University San Marcos 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Investigations in Chemistry
  • Literature of Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Completion of preparatory A–G Courses
  • Test Scores (SAT and ACT)
  • Your official GPA for admission to any California State University, including CSUSM, may be different than the GPA on your high school transcript. This is because we calculate your high school GPA using your 10th–12th grade A-G courses.
  • University Application
  • All official academic records
  • Official English translations of all academic records
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15246 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15246 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    15246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15246 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    5742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5742 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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