Major in Biochemistry (B.S.)

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The major in biochemistry provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond the traditional fields of biology and chemistry while still having a solid grounding in a major discipline. This comprehensive, multidisciplinary program is committed to providing the practice and skills necessary for graduate study in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, genetics or biotechnology.

To earn the bachelor's degree in biochemistry, students take a minimum of 23 courses (85 credits).

Required courses:

  • BCH403: Biochemistry
  • BCH404: Advanced Biochemistry
  • BIO112: General Biology II
  • BIO220: Cell Biology and Chemistry
  • BIO253: Genetics: Classical, Molecular and Population
  • CHM113: General Chemistry I
  • CHM114: General Chemistry II
  • CHM205: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM206: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM301: Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM305: Physical Chemistry I
  • CHM408: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM410: Topics in Chemistry and Research
  • CHM497: Undergraduate Research
  • MTH201: Calculus I
  • MTH202: Calculus II
  • PHY205: Principles of Physics I
  • PHY206: Principles of Physics II

Students also choose two of the following electives:

  • BCH410: Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • BIO370: Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • BIO399: Special Topics
  • BIO420: Immunology
  • BIO425: Neuroscience
  • BIO435: Developmental Biology
  • BIO440: Genetics
  • CHM306: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHM309: Instrumental Analysis
  • CHM407: Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHM498: Undergraduate Research II

Students take an additional three courses, one from each of the following categories:

  • Behavior of macromolecules
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Metals in biological systems