B.S. in Biochemistry

This major is usually chosen by students who want to enter the chemical industry or graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, or related areas. Recognizing the unique interdisciplinary aspects of Biochemistry, the Department has designed a B.S. degree in Biochemistry that incorporates numerous biological science courses, in addition to chemistry and biochemistry courses. This program is accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Program Requirements (45-46 semester hours)

Highly recommended for first year students:

  • CHM 147 Introductory Seminar (1)

All of these:

  • CHM 141, 141H or CHM 141R (3)
  • CHM 142, 142M or 142H College Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 144M or 144H (or with approval CHM 144 College Chemistry Lab) (2)
  • CHM 145M or 145H (or with approval CHM 145 College Chemistry Laboratory) (2)
  • CHM 251, 252 Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors (3, 3)
  • CHM 254, 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemistry Majors (2, 2)
  • CHM 375 Quantitative Analysis (3)
  • CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)
  • CHM 438 Biochemistry Laboratory (2)
  • CHM 451 or 471 AND CHM 452 or 472 Physical Chemistry/Biophysical Chemistry I II (3, 3)
  • CHM 491 Chemistry in Societal Issues or CHM 492 Independent Research Capstone in Chemistry (3)

An additional six (6) advanced credit hours in CHM courses are required. The advanced hours must include at least two offerings (total of 4 credit hours) of

  • CHM 430.X Special Topics in Biochemistry, (2)

The remaining hours can be chosen from

  • CHM 417 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 426 Spectroscopic Identification of Structure (3)
  • CHM 454 Instrumental Analysis (3)
  • CHM 411 Learning Theories in Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 415 Misconceptions in Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 430 Topics in Biochemistry (2-3)
  • CHM 450 Topics in Organic Chemistry (2-3)
  • CHM 460 Topics in Physical Chemistry (2-3)
  • CHM 419 Synthesis Laboratory (2)
  • CHM 424 Experimental Techniques in Structural and Functional Genomics (4)
  • CHM 456 Chemical Measurements (2)

Undergraduate research (graded or ungraded) cannot be used to fulfill any of the advanced hours.

Related Hours (28-29 required)

All of these:

  • MTH 151, 251 Calculus I, II (5, 4) or equivalents
  • PHY 191 General Physics I with lab (5)
  • PHY 192 General Physics II with lab (5)

Additional courses:

Minimum of three (3) credit hours in mathematics or statistics chosen from:

  • MTH 222 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
  • MTH 231 Elements of Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MTH 245 Differential Equations for Engineers (3)
  • MTH 252 Calculus III (4)
  • STA 301 Applied Statistics (3) or STA 363 or STA 333
  • BIO 466 Bioinformatics Computing Skills (3)

Minimum six (6) credit hours chosen from:

  • BIO 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular and Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIO 203 Introduction to Cell Biology (3)
  • BIO 342 Genetics (3)
  • BIO 485 Bioinformatic Principles (3)
  • PHY 421 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (4)