Biology

Biochemistry


The undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry connects the ever-growing important interface between biology and chemistry. Training emphasizing advanced experimental and theoretical principles is provided in both the biological and chemical sciences, as a foundation for a variety of career paths, including further training in biology, chemistry or biochemistry; molecular biology; and medical or dental school. Students successfully completing the biochemistry curriculum may have their degrees certified by the American Chemical Society. Biochemistry majors are urged to consult with advisers from both the Biology Department and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department to formulate appropriate programs of study and to explore the numerous career paths available.

B.S. in Biochemistry

The B.S in Biochemistry is designed to focus on the important interface between biology and chemistry. The degree emphasizes advanced experimental and theoretical education in both the biological and chemical sciences, which serves as a foundation for a variety of career paths, including further training in biology, chemistry or biochemistry; molecular biology; and medical or dental school.

Biochemistry majors are encouraged to develop specific career objectives while pursuing undergraduate studies. Departmental advisers will assist students in exploring career possibilities and in devising a personalized plan of study that will best prepare them for their career goals.


Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
Humanities
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 6 credits
Philosophy 6 credits
Foreign Language 6 credits
Social Sciences
History 6 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 6 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics (MTH 30 & 40) 8 credits
Science (included in Distribution) Not Applicable
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE) 3 credits
Distribution Requirements
The following courses are required:
BIO 1 General Biology 4.00
BIO 2 General Biology 4.00
CHM 003 General & Inorganic Chemistry 4.00
CHM 004 General & Inorganic Chemistry 4.00
PHY 31 General Physics 4.00
PHY 32 General Physics 4.00
Ancillary Requirements
The following courses are required:
CHM 113 Quantitative Analysis 4.00
CHM 121 Organic Chemistry 4.00
CHM 122 Organic Chemistry 4.00
CHM 135 Physical Chemistry I 4.00
MTH 101 Calculus II 4.00
Major Requirements
The following courses are required:
BIC 128 The Basis of Cell Function 4.00
BIC 153 Biochemistry 4.00
BIC 154 Biochemistry 4.00
BIC 160 Molecular Biology 2.00
BIC 161 Introductory Molecular Biology 3.00
BIC 186 Senior Research 3.00
BIO 128 The Basis of Cell Function 4.00
BIO 160 Molecular Biology 2.00
BIO 161 Introductory Molecular Biology 3.00
CHM 136 Physical Chemistry II 4.00
CHM 153 Biochemistry 4.00
CHM 154 Biochemistry 4.00
Choose two (2) out of the following:
BIC 125 Physiology 4.00
BIC 126 Principles of Genetics 4.00
BIC 187 Senior Research 3.00
BIO 125 Physiology 4.00
BIO 126 Principles of Genetics 4.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Total Credits: 122
  • Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 64
  • Minimum Major Credits: 36
  • Minimum Credits in Courses > 100 Level: 48
  • Ancillary Requirement: see above
  • Distribution Requirement: see above
  • Minimum Major GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean