Medical School - Berkeley Chemistry Sequence

UC Berkeley has a unique chemistry sequence. The Chem 1A/1AL, 3A/3AL, 3B/3BL, MCB 102 (or MCB 100A/Chem C130 or Chem 135 or BioE 103*) sequence has been in place since 1991 and is what most students complete at UC Berkeley, and this sequence is accepted by the vast majority of medical schools.
*BioE 103 is only applicable to Bioengineering majors.

Even though this chemistry sequence doesn’t fit neatly into the classification of 2 semesters of inorganic chemistry + lab and 2 semesters of organic chemistry + lab, most medical schools accept the sequence anyway. They understand our sequence is unique and most schools feel that this chemistry sequence adequately teaches concepts you will need to be successful in medical school.

How to classify chemistry coursework on your application

If you complete the sequence above, classify 1A/1AL and 3A/3AL as general chemistry, and 3B/3BL and MCB 102 or MCB 100A/CHEM C130 or CHEM 135 or BioE 103 as organic chemistry on your primary and secondary applications.

What to do if a medical school says you haven’t completed chemistry

For assistance, email Pre-Health Advisor Marie Dutton at the Career Center, and include the following information in your email:

  1. The name of the school(s) questioning your completion of chemistry
  2. Who you have been in contact with at the school
  3. The language they used to indicate you didn’t complete chemistry
  4. How you explained the chemistry sequence to the school

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