B.S. in Biochemistry

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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

  • CHMY 141N-143N; College Chemistry I & II + Lab = 10 credits
  • CHMY 221-224; Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab = 10 credits
  • CHMY 311-421; Quantitative Analysis & Instrumental Methods = 8 credits
  • CHMY 360; Applied Physical Chemistry = 3 credits (CHMY 373; Phys Chem-Kntcs & Thrmdynmcs may be substituted for CHMY 360)
  • Students planning to attend grad school in biochemistry or biophysics are advised to take the CHMY 373-371 sequence.
  • CHMY 401; Advanced Inorganic Chemistry = 3 credits
  • BCH 110-111; Biochemistry of Life + Lab = 4 credits
  • BCH 294; Introductory Biochemistry Seminar = 1 credit
  • BCH 480-482; Advanced Biochemistry I & II = 6 credits
  • BCH 486; Biochemistry Research Laboratory = 3 credits
  • BIOB 260; Cellular & Molecular Biology = 4 credits
  • BIOB 272; Genetics & Evolution = 4 credits
  • BIOB 425; Advanced Cellular & Molecular Biology = 3 credits
  • M 171-172; Calculus I & II = 8 credits
  • PHSX 215N–218N ; Fund Phys. with calculus I&II + Lab = 10 credits
  • CSCI 250; Computer Modeling for Science Majors = 3 credits
  • CSCI 451; Computational Biology = 3 credits

Total: 83

13 credits of electives from BCH 490; BIOB 301, 375, 410, 411, 440, 486, 490; BIOH 345, 360, 365, 370, 405, 462; BIOM 360, 361, 400, 410, 411, 427, 428, 435; PHAR 347, 421, 422; CHMY 371, 397, 402, 403, 442, 465, 466, 490, 494, 498

No more than 3 credits combined of BIOB 490, CHMY 490, 498 or BCH 490 and no more than 3 credit hours of CHMY 397/494 (Peer Leading for CHMY141/143) may be counted toward the 13 credit elective requirement.

For Group I of the General Education requirements (English Writing Skills), all students must complete WRIT 101, a lower division writing course, and an upper division writing course. The upper division requirement is satisfied by BCH 482 (1/3 of requirement) and BCH 486 (2/3 of requirement).

Group II of the General Education requirement (Mathematics) is fulfilled by M 171. The Foreign Language/Symbolic Systems requirement (Group III of the General Education Requirement) is fulfilled by M 171.

All students must complete 27 credit hours from groups IV to XI of the General Education requirement to graduate (CHMY 141N-143N counts as the 6 credit group XI requirement). One of these courses should be an approved lower division writing course.

Credits to Graduate:

  • Required Courses: 83 credits
  • Elective courses: 13 credits
  • General Education : 21 credits
  • WRIT 101: 3 credits

Total: 120 credits

Groups IV to X account for 21 credit hours.

Course of Study for B.S. Degree in Biochemistry

Year 1 (31 credits)

Autumn (15 credits)
  • CHMY 141N; College Chemistry I = 5 credits
  • M 171; Calculus I = 4 credits
  • WRIT 101; Composition = 3 credits
  • General Education = 3 credits
Spring (16 credits)
  • CHMY 143N; College Chemistry II = 5 credits
  • M 172; Calculus II = 4 credits
  • BCH 110; Biochemistry of Life Lecture = 3 credits
  • BCH 111; Biochemistry of Life Laboratory = 1 credit
  • General Education = 3 credits

Year 2 (29 Credits)

Autumn (14 credits)
  • CHMY 221; Organic Chem I = 3 credits
  • CHMY 222; Org Chem Lab I = 2 credits
  • PHSX 215N/216N; Fund. Phys. I with Calc. + Lab = 5 credits
  • BIOB 260; Cellular and Molecular Biology = 4 credits
Spring (15 credits)
  • CHMY 223; Organic Chm II = 3 credits
  • CHMY 224; Org Chm Lab II = 2 credits
  • PHSX 217N/218N; Fund. Phys. II with Calc. + Lab = 5 credits
  • BIOB 272; Genetics and Evolution = 4 credits
  • BCH 294; Introductory Biochemistry Seminar = 1 credits

Year 3 (29 Credits)

Autumn (16 credits)
  • CHMY 311; Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis = 4 credits
  • BCH 480; Advanced Biochemistry I = 3 credits
  • CSCI 250; Computer Modeling for Science Majors = 3 credits
  • General Education = 6 credits
Spring (13 credits)
  • CHMY 360; Applied Physical Chemistry (or CHMY 373, offered autumn) = 3 credits
  • CHMY 421; Advanced Instrument Analysis = 4 credits
  • BCH 482; Advanced Biochemistry II = 3 credits
  • BCH 486; Biochemistry Research Laboratory = 3 credits

Year 4 (31 Credits)

Autumn (15 credits)
  • CHMY 401; Advanced Inorganic Chemistry = 3 credits
  • CSCI 451; Computational Biology = 3 credits
  • Advanced Electives* = 6 credits
  • General Education = 3 credits
Spring (16 credits)
  • BIOB 425; Advanced Cellular & Molecular Biology = 3 credits
  • Advanced Electives* = 7 credits
  • General Education = 6 credits

*Advanced Biochemistry Electives

  • BIOB 410; Immunology* (pre-req: BIOM 360/361) = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOB 411; Immunology Laboratory (pre-req/co-req: BIOB 410)** = 2 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOB 486: Genomics = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOB 301; Developmental Biology = 3 credits/Spring Semester
  • BIOB 375 General Genetics = 3 credits/Spring Semester
  • BIOB 440; Biological Electron Microscopy = 2 credits/Spring Semester
  • BIOH 345; Principles of Physiology = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOH 360/PHAR 347; Introduction to Neuroscience = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOH 365; Anatomy and Physiology I = 4 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOH 405: Hematology (pre-req: BIOM 360) = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOH 370; Anatomy and Physiology II = 4 credits/Spring Semester
  • BIOH 462; Medical Physiology = 3 credits/Spring Semester
  • BIOM 360; General Microbiology = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOM 361; General Microbiology Laboratory = 2 credits/Fall & Spring Semester
  • BIOM 400; Medical Microbiology = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOM 427; General Parasitology = 2 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOM 428; General Parisitology Laboratory (co-req: BIOM 427) = 2 credits/Fall Semester
  • BIOM 410; Microbial Genetics (pre-req: BIOM 360/361)** = 3 credits/Spring Semester
  • BIOM 411; Molecular Genetics Laboratory (pre-req or co-req: BIOM 410) = 1 credit/Spring Semester
  • BIOM 435; Virology (pre-req: BIOB 260 and BIOM 360 or 400) = 3 credits/Spring Semester
  • PHAR 347/BIOH 360; Introduction to Neuroscience = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • PHAR 421; Medicinal Chemistry I = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • PHAR 422; Medicinal Chemistry II = 3 credits/Spring Semester
  • CHMY 397; Teaching Chemistry = 1 credit/Fall & Spring Semester
  • CHMY 442; Aquatic Chemistry = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • CHMY 465; Organic Spectroscopy = 3 credits/Fall Semester
  • CHMY 466; FT-NMR Optn for Undrgrd Rsrch = 1 credit/Fall & Spring Semester
  • CHMY 371; Phys Chem-Qntm Chm & Spctrscpy = 4 credits/Spring Semester
  • CHMY 402; Advanced Inorganic Chem Lab = 2 credits/Spring Semester
  • CHMY 403; Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry = 3 credits/Spring Semester
  • BCH/BIOB/CHMY 490 or CHMY 494/498 Research or Cooperative Education = 3 credits max/Fall & Spring Semester

120 Credits required for graduation, 39 of which must be at the 300 level or above.

The 13 credits of advanced electives must be from the above list. Substitutions of an elective not from the above list must have prior approval from the curriculum advisor (note: 10 credits of the 13 credits of electives must be at the 300 level or above to reach 39 credits of upper division courses).

*Course that counts for 1/3 of the upper division writing requirement.

**Courses that count for 2/3 of the upper division writing requirement.

Students are encouraged to take these courses to supplement the upper division writing experience provided by the required courses BCH 482/BCH 486.