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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Degree Programs

Major in Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

This degree has been designed for students who want to pursue a career in biochemistry. Among the many options for students who opt for this degree are graduate school in biochemistry, medical, dental, or veterinary school, or working in the field of biotechnology.

A minimum of 46 quarter hours of chemistry courses and selected biology courses are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Two minors are required with this degree. The required biology courses complete a biology minor. The other minor can be completed in any discipline. One year of calculus and one year of physics, preferably university physics, are also required. The Common Curriculum Requirements must be fulfilled.  Courses required for the major automatically fulfill the requirement for Scientific Inquiry - Natural and Physical World (SI-NS).

Required Chemistry Courses

  • General Chemistry and Lab, 4 Credits
  • Organic Chemistry and Lab, 12 Credits
  • Analysis of Equilibrium Systems and Lab, 4 Credits
  • Chemistry of the Elements, 4 Credits
  • Physical Chemistry I, 3 Credits
  • Instrumental Analysis, 4 Credits
  • Biochemistry I, II, III, 9 Credits
  • Biochemistry Lab (or research), 3 Credits
  • 3 additional credits of 3000-level chemistry coursework

Biochemistry majors are encouraged to take both Biochemistry Lab and Undergraduate Research, even if this brings their total chemistry credits over 46.

Required Biology Courses

  • BIOL 10XX series and Lab, 10 Credits
  • Cell Structure and Function, 5 Credits
  • General Genetics, 5 Credits or Human Molecular Biology 4 Credits
  • One additional upper division biology class