Biochemistry Minor

The Biochemistry Program is a joint program between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Division of Biological Sciences. Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary science that integrates chemistry and biology to understand the molecular basis of life. The program offers a B.S. in Biochemistry and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry & Biophysics.

Undergraduate majors receive a solid foundation in both chemistry and biology. Biochemistry courses are usually taken in the junior year allowing majors to become involved in research with faculty and to take electives in their senior year. The major also introduces students to computer science, an essential tool in modern biochemistry. The B.S. in Biochemistry prepares students for advanced degrees in biochemistry or biophysics, for medical, dental or veterinary schools and for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. A Health Professions Concentration is also offered within the B.S. in Biochemistry for students whose career goals are in fields related to biochemistry. This concentration allows more flexibility in upper division electives, permitting students to tailor the degree to their needs.

The graduate degrees in Biochemistry & Biophysics prepare students to be independent researchers in academic laboratories or in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Through coursework and independent research, graduate students in this program will become adept at the physical and structural methods necessary to probe important problems in the life sciences at the molecular level. In collaboration with the Center for Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics, the Biochemistry Program provides state-of-the-art facilities for research in biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology.

Prospective students desiring further information on these degrees should contact the Program Director by visiting the Biochemistry Program web site


Minor - Biochemistry

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 29

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018


Upper Division Biochemistry9
Total Hours29


Rule: All courses are required

BCH 110Intro Biology for Biochemists3
BCH 111Intro Biol for Biochemists Lab1
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Rule: All courses are required

CHMY 141NCollege Chemistry I4
CHMY 142NCollege Chemistry I Lab1
CHMY 143NCollege Chemistry II4
CHMY 144NCollege Chemistry II Lab1
CHMY 221Organic Chemistry I3
CHMY 223Organic Chemistry II3
Total Hours16

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Upper Division Biochemistry

Rule: All courses are required

BCH 480Advanced Biochemistry I3
BCH 482Advanced Biochemistry II3
BCH 486Biochemistry Research Lab3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-