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Biochemistry Major

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Biochemistry focuses on those processes that occur at the molecular level in living organisms. The goal of the biochemistry major is to provide an in-depth, interdisciplinary foundation in chemistry and biology needed to understand these processes. Students completing this major will be prepared for careers in the biotechnology industry or graduate studies in biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, molecular biology or medically-related fields.

Administered by the Department of Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (61-65 semester hours) is offered in a three-tiered structure. Foundational courses are taken from biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Intermediate courses in biochemistry, genetics and organic chemistry provide in-depth knowledge. Advanced electives in biochemistry, biology and chemistry allow students flexibility in tailoring a curriculum to fit their post baccalaureate goals. The major concludes with a capstone experience focusing on an advanced topics in biochemistry coupled with the creation of a scientific research proposal.

Students who major in biochemistry will gain access to state-of-the-art technology and be able to put their knowledge into practice through internships and/or undergraduate research. Biochemical research may be offered by appropriate faculty in either the Department of Biology or the Department of Chemistry. Undergraduate researchers are encouraged to present their results at local, regional and national scientific meetings.

Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry requires the following courses:

BIO 111 Introductory Cell Biology 3 sh
BIO 113 Cell Biology Lab 1 sh
BIO 212 Population Biology 3 sh
BIO 214 Population Biology Lab 1 sh
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 4 sh
CHM 112 General Chemistry II 4 sh
Select one sequence from the following:
  • PHY 201 General Physics I (4 sh) and
  • PHY 202 General Physics II (4 sh)
  • PHY 221 University Physics I (4 sh) and 
  • PHY 222 University Physics II (4 sh)
8 sh
MTH 121 Calculus I 4 sh
BIO 245 Principles of Genetics 3 sh
BIO 246 Genetics Laboratory 1 sh
CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I 4 sh
CHM 212 Organic Chemistry II 4 sh
CHM 311 Quantitative Analysis 4 sh
CHM 351 Biochemistry I 4 sh
CHM 353 Biochemistry II 4 sh
CHM 353 Advanced Biochemistry 4 sh
CHM 495 Senior Seminar in Biochemistry 3 sh

Students must also take a minimum of 10 hours with at least four hours from CHM
and four hours from BIO1:

  • BIO 324 Toxicology
  • BIO 327 Immunology
  • BIO 3282 Biochemical Basis of Disease
  • BIO 361 Cancer Biology
  • BIO 422 Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BIO 445 Advanced Genetics
  • BIO 4992,3 Research
  • CHM 321 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHM 332 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHM 3345 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHM 341 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 3552 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • CHM 4993,4 Research
  • PHY 4993,4 Research
10 sh


65 sh

1 Other elective can be substituted with approval of the department.

Students cannot use both BIO 328 and CHM 355 as elective courses.

3 BIO/CHM/PHY 499 must be approved by the coordinator as having biochemical content.

4 BIO/CHM/PHY 499 cannot count for more than 2 sh toward the major.

5 MTH 221 is a prerequisite for this optional course.

Students majoring in biochemistry may not also declare a minor in either biology or chemistry.

This page was updated June 25, 2014.