Biochemistry Major

The biochemistry program draws on faculty expertise from the departments of Chemistry Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, in areas including physical and analytical biochemistry, enzymology, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, and genetics. Students begin with a sound preparation in basic biology and chemistry during the first two years, supported by physics and mathematics. The third and fourth years involve, besides biochemistry itself, physical and analytical chemistry, molecular and cell biology, and genetics, as well as electives chosen by the student from an approved list of biology and chemistry courses to meet his/her particular interests. Students also have ample opportunities to pursue undergraduate research in biochemistry. Undergraduate study in biochemistry at the University provides a solid background for advanced training in genetics, molecular biology, physiology, cell biology and immunology, besides graduate study in biochemistry as well as an excellent preparation for medicine or any of the other health professions. Students in the biochemistry program also learn the experimental techniques that prepare them for technical positions in biomedical research in one of the growing number of industries involved in biotechnology. From cancer research to gene splicing to photosynthetic capture of solar energy, biochemistry leads the way with new ideas.

1. Fundamental Knowledge and Understanding:

Students will demonstrate a good understanding of the basic concepts pertaining to all the major sub-disciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical).

2. Fundamental Skills:

Students will demonstrate their understanding of basic experimental techniques, knowledge of instrumentation and safety issues in the laboratory in all areas of chemistry.

3. Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, and Application of Knowledge:

Students will develop critical thinking skills and apply their knowledge to solve problems

4. Scientific Communication Skills:

Students will be able to analyze and communicate scientific information effectively both in oral and written formats.

5. Scientific Information Literacy Skills:

Students will be able to learn independently, to explore the scientific literature using a variety of resources, and communicate that information.

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

BIO 101
Bio I: Cells
and Bio I: Cells Lab
PHY 105
University Physics I
and University Physics Lab I
PHY 106
University Physics II
and University Physics Lab II

 Major Requirements:

BIO 102
Bio II: Genetics
and Bio II: Genetics Lab
CHM 118Chemical Sciences Orientation1
CHM 125
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
CHM 204Literature of Chemistry1
CHM 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHM 215
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
CHM 300Discussions in Chemistry1
CHM 320Physical Chem for Chem Bio3
CHM 341Molecular Structure Biochemist3
CHM 342Nucleic Acid Biochemistry3
CHM 343Intermediary Metabolic Biochem3
CHM 350Inorganic Chemistry3
CHM 361
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laborator
CHM 390Chemistry Seminar (senior year)0
CHM 402Seminar in Chemistry II1
CHM 444LBiochemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 445LBiochemistry Laboratory II1
MAT 128Applied Statistics3-4
or MAT 162 Calculus II
Biochemistry Elective6