Major Requirements

Student majoring in biochemistry are required to complete a minimum of 64 hours in specified coursework, in addition to the fulfillment of the general studies requirements. All of the biochemistry and chemistry courses are taught by experienced faculty members with diverse backgrounds who stress critical thinking and a liberal arts perspective. Students gain knowledge of chemical analysis, synthesis, and theory while acquiring competence in laboratory techniques, the use of chemical instrumentation, computer skills, written and oral communication, and effective use of the professional literature. Students are encouraged to approach the chemical sciences from quantitative, descriptive and historical perspectives, to experience them within the context of the physical and life sciences, and to make connections to the world around them.

Major: Biochemistry (BS)

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

BIO 132: Principles of Biology II: Cell Biology & Genetics 4
BIO 288: Genetics 4
CHEM 120 Introductory Chemistry 4
CHEM 200 Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM 210 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 330 Biochemistry 4
CHEM 347 Physical Chemistry II 4

Select one of the following:
CHEM 425 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 438 Advanced Biochemistry

CHEM 480 Instrumental Methods 4
MATH 172 Calculus II 4
PHYS 221 University Physics I 4
PHYS 222 University Physics II 4

Select two of the following:
BIO 308 Molecular Plant Physiology
BIO 420 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 424 Topics in Molecular Biology
BIO 482 Microbiology

Total within department 64