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, a B.S. in Computational Biochemistry, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry & Biophysics. The Biochemistry Program is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

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.

Bachelor of Science - Biochemistry

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 93

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Lower-Division Core -54 credits

Biochemistry

1

Biology

12

General and Organic Chemistry

20

Physics

10

Mathematics

8

Computer Science

3

Upper-Division Core - 27 credits

Biochemistry

9

Biology

3

Analytical Chemistry

8

Inorganic Chemistry

3

Physical Chemistry

4

Advanced Electives

12

Total Hours

93


Lower-Division Core

Rule: Must complete the following subcategories. 54 total credits required.

Biochemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

BCH 294

Seminar/Workshop

1

Total Hours

1

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Biology

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOB 160N

Principles of Living Systems

3

BIOB 161N

Prncpls of Living Systems Lab

1

BIOB 260

Cellular and Molecular Biology

4

BIOB 272

Genetics and Evolution

4

Total Hours

12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

General and Organic Chemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

CHMY 141N
& CHMY 142N

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab

5

CHMY 143N
& CHMY 144N

College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab

5

CHMY 221
& CHMY 222

Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab

5

CHMY 223
& CHMY 224

Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab

5

Total Hours

20

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc

5

PHSX 217N
& PHSX 218N

Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc

5

Total Hours

10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

M 171

Calculus I

4

M 172

Calculus II

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

CSCI 100

Intro to Programming

3

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper Division Core

Rule: Must complete the following subcategories. 27 total credits required.

Biochemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BCH 480

Advanced Biochemistry I

3

BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry II

3

BCH 486

Biochemistry Research Lab

3

Total Hours

9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Biology

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

BIOB 425

Adv Cell & Molecular Biology

3

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Analytical Chemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

CHMY 311

Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis

4

CHMY 421

Advanced Instrument Analysis

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Inorganic Chemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

CHMY 401

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

3

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physical Chemistry

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

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

4

CHMY 373

Phys Chem-Kntcs & Thrmdynmcs

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced Electives

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.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 12 credits from the following courses:

12

BCH 490

Undergraduate Research

BIOB 301

Developmental Biology

BIOB 375

General Genetics

BIOB 410

Immunology

BIOB 411

Immunology Laboratory

BIOB 486

Genomics

BIOB 490

Adv Undergrad Research

BIOH 365

Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I

BIOH 370

Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions II

BIOH 405

Hematology

BIOH 462

Principles Medical Physiology

BIOM 360

General Microbiology

BIOM 361

General Microbiology Lab

BIOM 410

Microbial Genetics

BIOM 411

Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab

BIOM 427

General Parasitology

BIOM 428

General Parasitology Lab

BIOM 435

Virology

CHMY 371

Phys Chem-Qntm Chm & Spctrscpy

CHMY 397

Teaching Chemistry

CHMY 402

Advanced Inorganic Chem Lab

CHMY 442

Aquatic Chemistry

CHMY 465

Organic Spectroscopy

CHMY 466

FT-NMR Optn for Undrgrd Rsrch

CHMY 485

Laboratory Safety

CHMY 490

Undergraduate Research

CHMY 494

Seminar/Workshop

CHMY 498

Internship/Cooperative Educ

CSCI 451

Computational Biology

PHAR 421

Medicinal Chem I

PHAR 422

Medicinal Chem II

Total Hours

12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: To complete the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Biochemistry students may take the following courses or any other stand-alone advanced writing course.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry II

3

BCH 486

Biochemistry Research Lab

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-