BS in Biochemistry

Students pursuing a chemistry or biochemistry major may not elect the P/NC option in major or related courses, or prerequisites for these courses, except as noted in specific course descriptions.  Students pursuing a BS/BA in Biochemistry cannot double major with a BS/BA in Chemistry, or minor in Chemistry. The minor in Green Chemistry and Engineering or the certificate in Analytical Chemistry are permitted.

For the bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, 49 hours of CHEM courses are required. The following required courses must be included:  
CHEM 1230    General Chemistry I    
CHEM 1240    General Chemistry II    
CHEM 1280    General Chemistry Lab I    
CHEM 1290    General Chemistry Lab II    
CHEM 2410    Organic Chemistry I    
CHEM 2420    Organic Chemistry II    
CHEM 2480    Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Majors: Separations and Elementary Synthesis    
CHEM 2490    Organic Chemistry Laboratory II for Majors: Synthesis and Identification    
CHEM 3310    Analytical Chemistry    
CHEM 3360    Analytical Chemistry Laboratory    
CHEM 3510    Biochemistry I    
CHEM 3520    Biochemistry II    
CHEM 3560    Biochemistry Laboratory    
CHEM 3610    Inorganic Chemistry I    
CHEM 4300    Instrumental Analysis    
CHEM 4560    Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory - WAC    
CHEM 4570    Biophysical Chemistry    
One advanced laboratory: (CHEM 3910, CHEM 4880, or CHEM 4910)
One advanced biochemistry course: (CHEM 4500, CHEM 4510, CHEM 4520, CHEM 4530, CHEM 4580, or CHEM 4980 (with a biochemistry focus))
The following related courses are also required:    
MATH 1750 and MATH 1760, MATH 1830 and MATH 1840, or MATH 1850 and MATH 1860 (Calculus I and II)
PHYS 2070 and PHYS 2080, or PHYS 2130 and PHYS 2140 (Physics I and II)   
BIOL 2170 andBIOL 3030 (Fundamentals of Life Science: Biomolecules, Cells, and Inheritance  and Cell Biology)  

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in chemistry is required for graduation with this degree.

Below is a plan of study. Consult your degree audit for your program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
CHEM 1230 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1280 General Chemistry Lab I 1
Select one of the following: 4
Calculus For The Life Sciences With Applications I
Calculus I For Mathematicians, Scientists And Educators
Single Variable Calculus I
ENGL 1110 College Composition I 3
NSM 1000 Natural Sciences & Mathematics 2
Arts/Humanities Core 3
Second Term
CHEM 1240 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1290 General Chemistry Lab II 1
CHEM 1910 Survey Of Research 1
Select one of the following: 3-4
Calculus For The Life Sciences With Applications II
Calculus II For Mathematicians, Scientists And Educators
Single Variable Calculus II
ENGL 1130 College Composition II: Academic Disciplines And Discourse 3
Social Sciences Core 3
Third Term
CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2480 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Majors: Separations and Elementary Synthesis 2
CHEM 3310 Analytical Chemistry 2
Select one of the following: 5
General Physics I
Physics For Science And Engineering Majors I
Arts/Humanities Core 3
Fourth Term
CHEM 2420 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 2490 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II for Majors: Synthesis and Identification 2
CHEM 3360 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
Select one of the following 5
General Physics II
Physics For Science And Engineering Majors II
Social Sciences Core 3
Fifth Term
CHEM 3510 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 2170 Fundamentals of Life Science: Biomolecules, Cells, and Inheritance 4
Diversity of US 3
Elective 6
Sixth Term
CHEM 3520 Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 3910 Undergraduate Research II 1
CHEM 3560 Biochemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 3610 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
BIOL 3030 Cell Biology 3
Non-US Diversity 3
Seventh Term
CHEM 4570 Biophysical Chemistry 4
CHEM 4300 Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM 4560 Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory - WAC 2
Select one of the following: 2
Undergraduate Research II
Undergraduate Research III
Advanced Laboratory III
Elective or select one of the following: 1 3-4
Advanced Biological Chemistry
or select one advanced biochemistry course in spring semester
Eighth Term
Elective or one advanced biochemistry course if not taken in the fall: 1 3-4
Protein Chemistry
Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Special Topics In Chemistry
Electives to reach 120 hours 11-12
 Total Hours120-124

Listed twice because courses offered in different semesters; only need one course.

See course catalog for pre- and co-requisites.

Courses which satisfy the College and University degree requirements can be determined by running a degree audit and looking at the list of courses presented as satisfying the requirement. Always try to take courses in which you have an interest.

  • PLO1. Demonstrate a mastery of foundational concepts in math, physics and chemistry.\\n
  • PLO 2. Demonstrate a mastery of concepts in biochemistry and biology, including energy transduction in living systems, macromolecular structure and function, and biological information storage and flow, and the importance of evolution and homeostasis.
  • PLO 3. Make observations, formulate hypotheses, understand the conceptual basis and practical application of fundamental biochemical and molecular biological laboratory techniques and instrumentation, design and carry out experiments, analyze and interpret data, and use equations, models and statistics to test and apply these concepts
  • PLO 4. Communicate technical information clearly and accurately in written, oral and visual formats.
  • PLO 5. Locate and use information in the primary literature and research databases.\\n
  • PLO 6. Critically read, assess, and evaluate scientific publications, presentations and data.\\n
  • PLO 7. Understand and observe proper safety, ethical, and professional practices.\\n
  • PLO 8. Apply the concepts and practices of chemistry and biochemistry to areas outside the laboratory, including health and policy issues.\\n