Biochemistry B.S.

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 option is also offered within the B.S. in Biochemistry for students whose career goals are in fields related to biochemistry. This option 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: http://hs.umt.edu/biochemistry/

High School Preparation: In addition to the general University admission requirements, it is strongly recommended that a student take four years of mathematics, four years of science, and a foreign language. 

Bachelor of Science - Biochemistry

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 96

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Lower Division Core54
Biochemistry
Biology
General and Organic Chemistry
Physics
Mathematics
Computer Science
Upper Division Core29
Biochemistry
Biology
Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Computer Science
Advanced Electives13
Total Hours96

Lower Division Core

Rule: Must complete the following subcategories

54 Total Credits Required

Biochemistry

Rule: All of the following courses are required

BCH 110Intro Biology for Biochemists3
BCH 111Intro Biol for Biochemists Lab1
BCH 294Seminar/Workshop1
Total Hours5

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Biology

Rule: All of the following courses are required

BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

General and Organic Chemistry

Rule: All of the following 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 222Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHMY 223Organic Chemistry II3
CHMY 224Organic Chemistry II Lab2
Total Hours20

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics

Rule: All of the following courses are required

PHSX 215NFund of Physics w/Calc I4
PHSX 216NPhysics Laboratory I w/Calc1
PHSX 217NFund of Physics w/Calc II4
PHSX 218NPhysics Laboratory II w/Calc1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics

Rule: All of the following courses are required

M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Rule: The following course is required

Note: We advise that students take CSCI 250 in their third year after completing lower division biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics coursework.

CSCI 250Computer Mdlng/Science Majors3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-  


Upper Division Core

Rule: Must complete the following subcategories

29 Total Credits Required

Biochemistry

Rule: All of the following courses are required

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Biology

Rule: The following course is required

BIOB 425Adv Cell & Molecular Biology3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Analytical Chemistry

Rule: All of the following courses are required

CHMY 311Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis4
CHMY 421Advanced Instrument Analysis4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Inorganic Chemistry

Rule: The following course is required

CHMY 401Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physical Chemistry

Rule: Choose 1 of the following courses

Note: Students planning to attend graduate school in biochemistry or biophysics are strongly advised to take the CHMY 373-CHMY 371 sequence

CHMY 360Applied Physical Chemistry3-4
or CHMY 373 Phys Chem-Kntcs & Thrmdynmcs
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Rule: The following course is required

CSCI 451Computational Biology3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced Electives

Rule: Choose 13 credits from the courses listed

Note: No more than 3 credits combined of BIOB 490, CHMY 490, CHMY 498 and BCH 490. No more than 3 credits combined of CHMY 397 and CHMY 494.

Select 13 credits from the following:13
Undergraduate Research
Developmental Biology
General Genetics
Immunology
Immunology Laboratory
Biological Electron Microscopy
Genomics
Adv Undergrad Research
Human AP I for Health Profsns
Human AP II for Health Profsns
Hematology
Principles Medical Physiology
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Lab
Medical Microbiology
Microbial Genetics
Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab
General Parasitology
General Parasitology Lab
Virology
Phys Chem-Qntm Chm & Spctrscpy
Teaching Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chem Lab
Descriptive Inorganic Chem
Aquatic Chemistry
Organic Spectroscopy
FT-NMR Optn for Undrgrd Rsrch
Undergraduate Research
Seminar/Workshop
Internship/Cooperative Educ
Computational Biology
Medicinal Chem I
Medicinal Chem II
Total Hours13

Minimum Required Grade: C-