B.S. in Biochemistry, Health Professions Option

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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry: Health Professions Option

  • CHMY 141N-143N; College Chemistry I&II + Lab = 10 credits
  • CHMY 221-224; Organic Chemistry I&II + Lab = 10 credits
  • CHMY 302E; Chem Lit and Science Writing = 3 credits
  • CHMY 311-421; Quantitative Analysis and Instrumental Methods = 8 credits
  • CHMY 360; Applied Physical Chemistry = 3 credits (CHMY 373; Phys Chem-Kntcs & Thrmdynmcs may be substituted for CHMY 360)
  • 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
  • BIOB 260; Cellular and Molecular Biology = 4 credits
  • BIOB 272; Genetics and Evolution = 4 credits
  • BIOM 360; General Microbiology = 3 credits
  • BIOM 361 or BIOM 411 or BIOM 440 or BIOM 428 = 2 credits
  • M 162; Applied Calculus = 4 credits
  • M 274; Intro to Differential Equations = 3 credits
  • PHSX 205N-208N; College Physics I&II + Lab = 10 credits

Total: 78

21 credits of electives from BCH 486, 490; BIOB 301, 375, 410, 411, 425, 440, 486, 490; BIOH 345, 360, 365, 370, 405, 462; BIOM  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 credits of CHMY 397/494 (Peer Leading for CHMY141/143) may be counted toward the 21 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. CHMY 302E is the formal requirement to satisfy the upper division requirement in this option. It can also be satisfied by taking the following combinations of required and elective courses: BCH 482 or BIOB 410 (1/3 of requirement) and BCH 486, BIOB 411 or BIOM 410 (2/3 of requirement).

Group II of the General Education requirement (Mathematics) is fulfilled by M 162. The Foreign Language/Symbolic Systems requirement (Group III of the General Education Requirement) is fulfilled by M 162.

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; If CHMY 302E is taken to satisfy the upper division writing requirement, it also satisfies the group VIII requirement). One of these courses should be an approved lower division writing course.

Credits to Graduate:
Required courses: 78
Elective courses: 21
General education: 18
WRIT 101: 3
Total: 120

Groups IV to VII, IX, and X account for 18 credit hours.

Course of Study for B.S. Degree in Biochemistry Health Professions Option

Year 1 (30 credits)

Autumn (15 credits)
  • CHMY 141N; College Chemistry I = 5 credits
  • M 162; Applied Calculus = 4 credits
  • WRIT 101; Composition = 3 credits
  • General Education = 3 credits
Spring (15 credits)
  • CHMY 143N; College Chemistry II = 5 credits
  • M 274; Intro to Differential Equations = 3 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 Chm Lab I = 2 credits
  • PHSX 205N/206N; College Physics I + 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 207N/208N; College Physics II + Lab = 5 credits
  • BIOB 272; Genetics and Evolution = 4 credits
  • BCH 294; Introductory Biochemistry Seminar = 1 credits

Year 3 (31 Credits)

Autumn (15 credits)
  • CHMY 311; Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis = 4 credits
  • CHMY 302E; Chem Lit and Science Writing = 3 credits
  • BIOM 360; General Microbiology = 3 credits
  • Upper level Biology Lab (BIOM 361/BIOM 411/BIOM 428) = 2 credits
  • Advanced Electives* = 3 credits
Spring (16 credits)
  • CHMY 360; Applied Physical Chemistry (or CHMY 373) = 3 credits
  • CHMY 421; Advanced Instrument Analysis = 4 credits
  • Advances Electives* = 6 credits
  • General Education = 3 credits

Year 4 (30 Credits)

Autumn (15 credits)
  • CHMY 401; Advanced Inorganic Chemistry = 3 credits
  • BCH 480; Advanced Biochemistry I = 3 credits
  • General Education = 6 credits
  • Advanced Electives* = 3 credits
Spring (15 credits)
  • BCH 482; Advanced Biochemistry II = 3 credits
  • Advanced Electives* = 9 credits
  • General Education = 3 credits

*Advanced Biochemistry Electives

  • BCH 486; Biochemistry Laboratory** = 3 credits/Spring Semester
  • 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 425 Advanced Cellular & Molecular Biology = 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 361; General Microbiology Lab = 2 credits/Fall 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 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 21 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:11 credits of the 21 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. The required course BCH 482 also counts for 1/3 of the upper division writing requirement.

**Courses that count for 2/3 of the upper division writing requirement. These courses can be used for the upper division writing requirement in lieu of CHMY 302E.