Medical School - Berkeley Chemistry Sequence
UC Berkeley has a unique chemistry sequence. The Chem 1A/1AL, 3A/3AL, 3B/3BL, MCB 102 (or MCB C100A/MCB 100B, Chem C130, or Chem 135) 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.
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. Please note that for Biochemistry medical schools want an emphasis on cellular metabolism.
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 C100A/ and MCB100B, CHEM C130, or CHEM 135 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 Jo Scullion at the Career Center, and include the following information in your email:
- The name of the school(s) questioning your completion of chemistry
- Who you have been in contact with at the school
- The language they used to indicate you didn’t complete chemistry
- How you explained the chemistry sequence to the school